Aspen football stumbles; Basalt wins
Aspen Times Staff Writer
Aspen High’s offense amassed 307 rushing yards against Hotchkiss Friday night, but the Skiers defense stumbled in a 32-14 loss.
“We drove the ball all night long,” Aspen head coach Tom Goode said. “They just get so worn out on defense – it happens when you play both ways and play ironman football like we are.”
The Skiers are young and thin in depth. As a result, most starters play both offense and defense the entire game.
“As usual, the kids didn’t quit,” Goode said. “We just ran out of bodies.”
Tailback Dusty Stutsman, a senior, ran for 205 yards and scored two touchdowns. Sophomore Jackson Davis picked up most of the rest, accounting for 65 yards on the ground.
“As a young sophomore, he did a great job,” Goode said.
But the Bulldogs countered with an impressive attack.
“We couldn’t stop their offense, they did nothing fancy on us, we just missed tackles,” Goode said. “Everything takes its toll on defense. It’s a shame, we should have won this game.”
Aspen dropped to 2-6 on the season.
On a positive note, Goode said he was pleased with Basalt High’s victory at Olathe, also on Friday night. The Longhorns won 34-15 and tailback Clayton Peetz ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns.
“We’re very happy that Basalt [won],” Goode said. “They’re playing hot.”
Goode said that he and Basalt head coach Forrest Grosh talk weekly.
“Both our programs are similar, and they’ve done an outstanding job,” Goode said. “I’m hoping Basalt comes along and beats Hotchkiss.”
The win was the Longhorns second straight, improving their record to 3-6.
On Friday night, Basalt and Aspen play their season finales, with the Longhorns hosting Hotchkiss at 7 p.m. and Aspen playing at Eagle Valley at 7 p.m.
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