Aspen football stifles Coal Ridge, inches closer to playoffs
NEW CASTLE Aspen did its part. Now, it waits.The Skiers stormed out of the gates against Coal Ridge under the lights Friday night, erupting for 33 first-quarter points. They cruised to the 60-14 victory to secure their eighth win of the football season.The win gives Aspen an 8-2 overall record and 5-2 mark in 2A Western Slope play. Those numbers will likely assure the Skiers a second-straight playoff berth. State tournament seedings are scheduled to be released Sunday.Aspen head coach Mike Sirko did not return calls seeking comment.Nicky Ufkes caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Anderson Cole, Walker Hill picked off two passes and returned one for a score, and senior backfield mates Beau Seguin and Travis VanDomelen added two touchdowns each on the ground for the Skiers. Seguins two scores stretched his school touchdown record to 30.Aspen, needing a win to remain in the wild card discussion after locking up third place in the Slope (the top two are guaranteed postseason berths) scored three touchdowns in a 30-second span in the early stages of the first quarter. The Titans (4-5) could not recover. Seguins first score came on a 5-yard scamper to cap off the Skiers 58-yard game-opening drive. Hill picked off Coal Ridge quarterback Keenen Grumley just 11 seconds later and returned the ball 35 yards for the score. Aspen freshman Quinn Morehead hauled in an 18-yard pass from Cole 49 seconds later. The rout was on.The Titans capped off a 71-yard drive when Grumley scored on a keeper from the Aspen 16. The two-point conversion was good and the lead was cut to 26-8. Two 15-yard Skiers penalties helped fuel the drive.In the second quarter, already up 33-8, the Skiers were looking to score again. Facing a third-and-9 from the Coal Ridge 12, Anderson rolled out and found Ufkes in the end zone.The Titans answered with a score of their own on the ensuing drive. On fourth and 11, they set up a screen and Grumley found Josh Alsop, who brushed aside a host of tacklers and broke free for the 43-yard score.Aspen scored once more before the break to take a 48-14 lead after 16 minutes.Seguin and Van Domelen scored in the third as Aspen locked up the win its third straight after consecutive road losses to Grand Valley and Olathe earlier this month.
Aspen Times reporter Jon Maletz contributed to this report.
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