Football: Aspen rallies to win; Basalt falls on road
The Aspen Times
The Skiers are 2-0.
The Aspen High School football team came from behind in the second half to beat Grand Valley 12-6 at Parachute.
The Skiers trailed 6-0 for most of the first half after the Cardinals scored on a long pass that was tipped and caught for a touchdown.
Aspen tied the score in the third quarter on a drive fueled by passes to senior wide receiver Rennie Tucker-Meuse.
“He basically got us down there … with his catches, and we powered it in,” Aspen head coach Ryan Triece said of Nik Morgan’s short TD run.
The Aspen defense stopped the Cardinals.
Triece said a series of injuries then forced the Skiers to move Tucker-Meuse to tailback.
“We put Rennie in there, and he (broke) one down to the 1,” Triece said. “(Quarterback) RJ Peshek sneaked it across from there,” Triece said as the Skiers went up 12-6.
But Grand Valley answered with a drive deep into Aspen territory in the closing minutes.
“They … threw a go (route) to the 1 (yard line), and Rennie picked it off,” Triece said. “He played really, really well for us tonight. And our defense was outstanding. tonight.”
BASALT FALLS 21-6
The Basalt High School football team opened the season on the road at Class 1A power Cedaredge on Friday night with the hosts scoring twice on big plays to win 21-6.
“The kids played really hard. We saw a lot of good things on both sides of the ball and in the kicking game,” Basalt coach Carl Frerichs said.
He said Cedaredge scored on a long pass play to lead 6-0.
But Basalt answered with a drive and a 35-yard touchdown run from Rickey Perez to tie the game 6-6.
Cedaredge added a field goal right before halftime for a 9-6 lead.
Basalt’s offense moved the ball and the Longhorns threatened to take the lead.
But Cedaredge stepped in front of a Basalt pass and returned it for a score.
Another long pass set up the Bruins’ final score.
“We missed on some opportunities,” Frerichs said of the BHS season opener. “And … those big plays.”
Basalt will return home to host Center in a nonleague game next Friday night.
In other regional scores Friday night:
Roaring Fork 16, Meeker 14
Erie 17, Glenwood Springs 0
Kent Denver 41, Gunnison 13
Rifle 41, Moffat County 0
Coal Ridge 38, Dolores 6
Paonia 21, Monte Vista 7
David Stapleton is the development officer for the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club. A product of the club, AVSC sat down with Stapleton for a Q&A session in this week’s Clubhouse Chronicles.