Basalt football beats Aspen 21-6
The Basalt High football team is eyeing the playoffs while Aspen continues to struggle, after the Longhorns downed the Skiers 21-6 Friday night in Basalt.Basalt, 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the Class 2A Western Slope League, stands in a four-way tie for first place in the league standings. Aspen dropped to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in league play.”Basalt’s a strong team,” Aspen head coach Tom Goode said. “They have a lot of upperclassmen – we were definitely outsized.”Goode said his team could not move the ball against the Longhorns in the first half as Basalt went up 14-0.”We weren’t able to establish any decent field position in the first half,” he said. “Basalt came out really strong, and it took us awhile to make some adjustments.”Goode said his team responded in the second half, but it was too little, too late.”Our kids did everything we asked them to do and they played well in the second half,” he said. “It was a very close game, we gave Basalt a run for their money. Our kids played really well and never quit.”Goode said senior quarterback Pat Fuarer was 10-of-16 with just over 100 yards passing, while senior running back Jacob Welsh led the ground game with close to 100 yards rushing.Junior Jackson Davis led the defense, Goode said, and also scored the Skiers’ only touchdown, a 40-yard pass from Faurer in the game’s final minutes.Basalt head coach Forrest Grosh said he was happy with the win, especially considering several of his players were out with injuries, including star running back Clayton Peetz (shoulder).”A bunch of our guys stepped in for injured or ineligible players,” he said, “and they stepped up and did a great job.”Senior Ari Wolters filled Peetz’s shoes nicely, rushing for 148 yards on 21 carries. Senior quarterback Cody Burkholder was 5-of-11 for 65 yards. Four of those completions were to junior end Darren Duroux, who had 45 yards receiving, including a 33-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.Junior Riley Eaton and sophomore Patrick Redfern led the defense with nine tackles apiece.Grosh said his team was hungry to get revenge on their rivals after last year’s 24-8 loss in Aspen.”Our kids thought they had an opportunity to win that game, and we were definitely hungry to get an opportunity to play them again,” Grosh said. “A lot of the kids know each other and it’s a good rivalry.”But Grosh said it’s now time to focus on the rest of the season, which commences with a pair of road games against Gunnison and Roaring Fork, two teams that are tied with Basalt and Hotchkiss for first place in the league.”The kids are ready for some adversity,” Grosh said. “We realize if we want to reach our goal [of making the playoffs] we have to get through some things and it’s great to go into it with a win.”Things are in our hands.”Steve Benson’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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Once the Aspen High School defense woke up — random 4 p.m. kickoffs need some getting used to — the Skiers were able to dictate Saturday’s football game en route to a 22-7 victory over visiting Steamboat Springs on the AHS turf.