Mid-season update for middle school football
The AMS Skiers began the 2005 season with high hopes as a new coaching staff took over for long-time coach John Dodds. Any preseason doubts were quickly erased after the Skiers met their first opponent, Carbondale, on Sept. 6th. The seventh-graders, led by the strong arm of Jack Kirby and elusive running of Nicky Ufkes, were victorious. For the eighth-grade, a balanced air and ground attack was the story. Two well-thrown passes from quarterback Anderson Cole to tight end Devin Kahn accounted for two of AMS’ five touchdowns, while tailback Walker Moriarty ran in three of his own.The second game this season featured a Sept. 8 duel with Glenwood Springs Middle School. Aspen’s seventh-graders lead 8-6 at the break and carried their lead into the fourth quarter. Glenwood finally struck back with a late touchdown. The Skiers had one final chance at game’s end, but came up short of the goal line as the clock expired. Quarterback Rex Christensen – in his first start of the season for the seventh-graders in place of the injured Kirby (dislocated shoulder) – took the field against Riverside. Lined up behind twin brother Dane, the team’s center, Rex threw a touchdown pass to halfback Mike Schwartz en route to a 38-6 victory. The eighth-grade team showed no signs of rust after a two-week hiatus. Led on defense by Andrew Goldberg and James Britvar, the Skiers were too much to handle for Riverside. On offense, the Skiers racked up 38 points. Jack Bird scored his first career touchdown when he stretched across the goal line after a reverse.Tuesday, the seventh-graders hosted Rifle Middle School. Behind a mobile offensive line, Nicky Ufkes, Madison Coia, and Mike Schwartz all found holes to run through as Aspen won, 19-0.Aspen also defeated Rifle in the eighth-grade game, 26-7. After a scoreless first quarter, Aspen broke a scoreless tie in the second with a Grant Huber touchdown run. Just before the half, Aspen forced a Rifle punt and got the ball back with one minute remaining. Driving toward the goal line, Aspen had :04 on the clock, just enough time for Anderson Cole to hit Bo Writer in stride for a 20 yard touchdown pass to give the Skiers a 13-0 halftime lead. Two second-half touchdowns – a pounding run from Huber and an interception return from Writer – assured victory for the Skiers.
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