Basalt football tops Aspen
With two second-half touchdowns and stingy defense, the Basalt High football team beat Aspen High 14-0 Friday night at the Basalt Middle School field.
After playing to a scoreless tie in the first half, Basalt capitalized on an Aspen turnover early in the third quarter, using it to pave the way to their first win of the season. Three plays after regaining possession, sophomore quarterback Conor Meyer hit senior Tyler Whitmire with a 20-yard TD pass.
Basalt junior running back Ross Unglert added insurance in the fourth quarter with a 5-yard touchdown run.
“We’ve been working on it all year, so to finally win a game, it feels good,” said Meyer. “The fans loved it.”
Basalt improved to 1-2 overall and 1-0 in Class 2A Western Slope League play. Aspen slipped to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in league play.
“Basalt played very well. They were sharp. They were ready to play a football game,” said Aspen coach Tom Goode.
“We battled in the first half and it was a good defensive game for us. But our offense couldn’t get moving, and we couldn’t pass the ball and that really hurt us.”
Aspen tailback Dusty Stutsman gained about 75 yards, while Aspen quarterback Pat Faurer was sacked four times, Goode said.
“Keeping our running attack fundamental was about all we could do. Our offensive line was too vertical and the Basalt [defensive] line was pushing us around. But we’ve got to keep going forward, working on the basics, and one of these days it’s going to work for us.”
Friday’s game marked the first time Aspen and Basalt have met in varsity football since 1994. After that season, Aspen disbanded its program due to dwindling participation. Aspen revived football in 2000 and re-entered the varsity ranks this season after two years at the JV level.
“We’ve been in all our games, we’ve had chances to win, but we just haven’t capitalized on our opportunities,” Goode said.
On Friday, Basalt travels to face Cedaredge at 7:30 p.m. Basalt, meanwhile, plays at Gunnison on Saturday.
“We’re going into Cedaredge taking it one game at a time and keeping the kids involved, making them believe it’s worthwhile having the program even without the wins,” Goode said. “The wins will come but we’ve got to take our licks too.”
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