No. 2 Roaring Fork clobbers AHS |

No. 2 Roaring Fork clobbers AHS

Roaring Fork's James Leonard drags three Aspen defenders as he attempts to score a touchdown during third quarter play at Aspen High School Saturday afternoon October 11, 2003. Paul conrad photo.

A “powerful” Roaring Fork football team ran over Aspen, 44-6, in the Skiers’ final home game of the season Saturday.

“They’re a powerful team,” said AHS coach Tom Goode of the unbeaten Rams.

Roaring Fork, ranked second in the state in Class 2A, improved to 7-0.

Rams coach Tory Jensen said he was not overlooking the Skiers, who fell to 2-5.

“The same thing we’re trying to work on is the same thing we work on every week: getting better, executing fundamentals and following through with the game plan,” Jensen said last week. “That doesn’t change week to week no matter who we’re playing.”

Aspen didn’t treat the game any differently either. Vast underdogs, the Skiers played the Rams tough in the first half and trailed 7-0 with two minutes remaining in the second quarter.

“We held it together,” said AHS tailback and outside linebacker Ben Westfeldt.

But things fell apart in the half’s final moments. The Rams capitalized on a lengthy drive with a touchdown with 1:18 left. The Skiers went three and out on the ensuing possession and were forced to punt. A high punt snap, however, gave the Rams the ball at the Aspen 13-yard line with 40 seconds left. Roaring Fork scored on the next play and went into the locker room with a 21-0 lead.

The Rams exploded in the second half, scoring 23 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a 44-0 lead.

The Skiers, however, never gave up.

Led by seniors Dusty Stutsman and Westfeldt, Aspen’s ground game got rolling in the fourth quarter. After a lengthy drive, Westfeldt punched it into the end zone to put the Skiers on the board.

“This game goes to Ben Westfeldt,” Stutsman said. “He’s tried so hard, it’s good to see him get one.”

Westfeldt’s mom, Nancy, was ecstatic. “That’s his dream. His dream came true,” she said.

The touchdown was Westfeldt’s first.

“It feels so good,” he said.

Both Westfeldt and Stutsman are hoping to continue their football careers at the collegiate level.

Stutsman has sent game film to Colorado State University and is looking at a number of Division II colleges. Westfeldt is looking at several Division III schools, both in Colorado and on the East Coast.

Also impressive on the ground was junior tailback Hunter Baar. Listed at 5’6″, 145 pounds, what Baar lacks in size he makes up for with hard hits. He simply ran over several Rams defenders.

“He’s going to be good,” Stutsman said.

The Skiers will close out their season with road games against Hotchkiss and Eagle Valley.

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