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Football: Coal Ridge stops Aspen offense

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The Aspen High School football team ran into a muddy field and tough defense Friday night at Coal Ridge.

The homestanding Titans came from behind and beat the Skiers 12-10 in a key Western Slope North League game.

Coal Ridge, after shutting down the Aspen offense, took the lead with 2:25 to play in the third quarter when Jared Duran ran 26 yards for a touchdown and a 12-10 lead. The two-point conversion pass fell incomplete.

But the score was enough to give the Titans the win on a slippery field that saw a dozen fumbles.

Aspen scored first when the Skiers took advantage of a muffed punt by the Titans, with Aspen recovering at the 6-yard line in the first quarter.

Ryan Fitzgerald scored on a 6-yard TD run. John Heaphey’s conversion kick gave Aspen a 7-0 lead with 5:02 to play in the first.

Heaphey added a 35-yard field goal on Aspen’s next possession for a 10-0 Aspen lead at the end of the first quarter.

Coal Ridge pulled within 10-6 after recovering an Aspen fumble — one of six fumbles by the Skiers in the first half — and then driving for a score.

Jackson Sargent passed 3 yards to Max Bettle for the touchdown with 8:58 to play in the second quarter. The conversion failed.

The score remained 10-6 until Coal Ridge scored the game-winner.

The Skiers played without senior quarterback Tyler Tick, who suffered a concussion in last week’s win at Roaring Fork. Freshman RJ Peshek took over as the Skiers’ QB.

Aspen also lost the services of Fitzgerald, the all-state tailback who was injured in the fourth quarter Friday night.

Aspen fell to 3-3 overall, 1-1 in league play with the loss.

Coal Ridge pulled even with the Skiers in conference at 1-1. The Titans also are 3-3 overall.

The Skiers will return to their home turf next weekend when they host Battle Mountain in a classic Aspen-Vail showdown at the Aspen School District Field.

Aspen will host Moffat County from Craig on Oct. 17 before closing the regular season at Basalt on Oct. 24.

In other Friday night games involving area teams:

Moffat County 49, Basalt 6

Glenwood Springs 41, Eagle Valley 0

Battle Mountain 50, Roaring Fork 14

Cedaredge 41, Grand Valley 0

Hotchkiss 50, Lake County 13

Palisade 44, Steamboat Springs 0

Alamosa 28, Olathe 14

Gunnison 39, Bayfield 14

Montezuma-Cortez 41, Pagosa Springs 6

Paonia 22, Meeker 16.

On Thursday night, unbeaten Rifle beat Grand Junction Central 49-0 at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.


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