Aspen football wins opener at Norwood |

Aspen football wins opener at Norwood

Tim Mutrie

Aspen senior Jacob Welsh scored two rushing touchdowns and junior Paul Britvar recovered a botched punt for a score as the AHS football team beat Norwood 19-12 on the road Saturday.A cold, wet and miserable game from kickoff to the final whistle – one which AHS left at 5 a.m. to travel some 215 miles to play – the Skiers came from behind to win their first season opener since the AHS football program was reincarnated as a varsity.”We’ve never done that before, so it’s a great feeling,” said AHS head coach Tom Goode.”It went down to the last second. Norwood’s a good little club for a [smaller, Class] 1A school and they’ve always handed us our hat the last two years, so it was nice to come away with the win,” Goode continued.Class 2A Aspen scored on its first possession, a 45-yard drive following a Norwood on-side kick to open the game that Welsh capped off with a 4-yard TD run. Welsh also kicked the point after, giving Aspen a 7-0 lead.Norwood answered with two touchdowns through the first half, but missed both PATs to take a 12-7 lead.In the third quarter as the rain continued to come down, Aspen put together a 75-yard scoring drive for the go-ahead TD. Welsh scored on a 2-yard run, but AHS missed the PAT, making it 13-12.In the fourth, Aspen sophomore lineman David Clark recorded two sacks for big losses (and finished with 12 tackles overall), setting up a Norwood punting situation from their own end zone. Norwood fumbled the long snap and Aspen’s Britvar fell on it in the end zone to lift Aspen to a 19-12 advantage (with a failed two-point conversion attempt).The teams exchanged blows late into the fourth quarter, with the final act a Jyace Stutsman interception on a Norwood passing attempt.Welsh finished with 155 yards on 26 carries; Aspen’s Hunter Baar gained 40 yards on 10 carries.”It was a total team effort,” said Goode. “Our line did a tremendous job coming off the ball.”Aspen is off this coming weekend due to the Experiential Education program. The Skiers resume play on Sept. 17 at Summit High School.”We’ll see if we can recover some momentum for our next start,” said Goode.Basalt wins opener 13-0The Basalt Longhorns are a third of the way to their win total of last season, and running back Clayton Peetz has a pretty good jump on his individual statistics, too.Peetz galloped for 231 yards on 34 carries and scored on a 58-yard touchdown run to lead Class 2A Basalt to a 13-0 opening-day victory over Class 1A Meeker Friday night in Basalt.The Longhorn defense backed up the effort of Peetz and the offensive side with a shutout that included four turnovers. J.T. Donovan and Justin Kovach both recovered Meeker fumbles, with Kovach running his into the end zone from 4 yards out. Kris Kemp and Riley Eaton each had interceptions. Frank Howard led the team in tackles with seven.The Longhorns travel to Grand Valley for a nonconference contest Friday.Roaring Fork dodges Glenwood bulletThe Glenwood Springs Demons had better offensive production and didn’t allow host Roaring Fork to score an offensive touchdown.For the most part, the Demons won the battles on the field. But they came up short in the most important area – on the scoreboard.”You get 60 plays and sometimes it comes down to four or five,” said Glenwood Springs High School head coach Rocky Whitworth.In Friday night’s 6-3 nonconference loss to rival Roaring Fork, one play in particular stands out. With seven minutes left, Roaring Fork’s Jake Bowman gathered a Demon kickoff at the 8-yard line. A quick stop, a quick cut and 92 yards later the Rams found themselves leading a game in which the offense amassed less than 70 yards.”I can’t believe we won that game,” Roaring Fork coach Tory Jensen said. “Hats off to Glenwood. They had us out-schemed for sure. That’s a heck of a coaching staff.”