Eagle Valley schools AHS football
Aspen football ran into a powerhouse Friday that someday it hopes to become.
Concluding its first varsity season in eight years Friday at the AHS field, Aspen lost 40-12 to Eagle Valley, the undefeated Class 2A Western Slope League champions.
“There’s no doubt: Eagle Valley’s got a great program. They’re big, fast and strong, and they’re setting the standard for the league,” said Aspen coach Tom Goode.
Aspen turned the ball over four times in the first half, including three fumbles and one interception, and Eagle Valley capitalized, posting a 33-0 lead at the break.
“When our guys looked at 64 white jerseys getting off the bus, they were intimidated,” Goode said. “But, just like other games where they’ve actually found themselves in the game, now they know they can match up with anybody and that’s a very big first step for our program.”
Aspen managed two touchdowns in the second half, “the first time we had any kind of field position,” Goode said.
Aspen tailback Dusty Stutsman had a 6-yard touchdown run to go with about 130 yards rushing on the day, bringing him close, if not over, the 1,000-yard mark for the season, Goode said. And sophomore quarterback Pat Faurer threw his first touchdown pass of the season, a 40-yard strike to tight end Teddy Farrell.
Anders Head also provided some highlights for Aspen, returning two kickoffs for a total of 140 yards and blocking an Eagle Valley punt.
Aspen wraps up the season at 1-6 in 2A Western Slope League play (to tie Basalt at the bottom of the standings) and 1-8 overall. Eagle Valley, meanwhile, will enter the playoffs at 7-0 in league and 9-0 overall.
“All in all I’m pleased with it,” Goode said, “especially knowing that we were involved in a lot of football games that we could’ve won. They’ve realized they can do it, we just need to put the different elements together at the same time to do it.
“We’ve obviously got our work cut out for us and that starts with getting guys motivated to get into the weight room. They’re going to get a couple weeks off, then it starts. And having seen what it takes to be successful at the varsity level, the kids know what they’ve got to do.”
A week after losing its home opener, the Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Club made sure to remind its upcoming Mountain League opponents that it’ll still be a difficult test after a 52-31 win on Saturday over the Denver Barbarians.
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