Aspen youth football wins league title |

Aspen youth football wins league title

The Aspen third- and fourth-grade youth football team poses for a photo. The team finished 6-0 on the season.
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There were challengers, but none were able to keep up with Aspen’s two Mountain West Youth Football teams this fall.

“This was probably our best season ever,” said Ron Morehead, Aspen youth football’s town representative. “We’ve had some good ones, but this one was very consistent, and we had some great coaching and really good kids to play. They did a great job.”

The season concluded Saturday in Glenwood Springs, where Aspen’s combined fifth- and sixth-grade team defeated Basalt, 21-8, in the MWYF peewee Super Bowl. Aspen finished the season a perfect 7-0.

Aspen’s combined third- and fourth-grade team went 6-0 in the regular season, although that age level does not play for an end of the season championship.

“Both teams had some innovative offenses — real strong defenses. They really didn’t get scored on very much,” Morehead said. “The coaches just did an awesome job of teaching and working with the kids to make them achieve the type of record that they achieved.”

What this means for the future of Aspen football is anyone’s guess, but Morehead believes successful high school teams start at the youth level. He mentioned the current Basalt High School football team — which is one win away from its first outright league title in more than 30 years — where most of its senior class has played together since its peewee days.

“If you can keep them together, yeah, that helps a lot,” Morehead said. “They have a good foundation and they have a real good camaraderie. You just hope you can keep as many of these kids focused on football as possible.”

For more information on the league, visit http://www.mountain

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