Rough openers for Aspen and Basalt football
Aspen Times Staff Writer
Aspen High School running back Dusty Stutsman scored three touchdowns and rushed for 150 yards in the Skiers’ season opener against Norwood Saturday, but it wasn’t enough for a win.
The Skiers fell 36-28 in a game that required over 10 hours of travel time to the southwestern corner of the state.
“It was a long day, I’m really proud of them,” said Aspen coach Tom Goode. “It was a great game, we just ran out of resources.”
Beginning its second season of varsity football, the Skiers rely heavily on contributions from underclassmen.
“Our defense is very young, it’s held together by a lot of sophomores, and our freshmen play a big role,” Goode said. “We’re definitely building, we’re always going to be building.”
The Skiers played catch-up most of the game, but down by eight in the waning minutes, Aspen composed an impressive drive and had Norwood on its heels. A pass from Aspen quarterback Pat Faurer, who threw two TDs in the game, was intercepted, however, and Norwood was able to hold on.
With temperatures in the upper 90s at game time and much of his team playing both ways, Goode said the heat became a problem.
“We had some guys getting dehydrated,” he said.
Goode said he was impressed with his passing game, citing Faurer’s touchdown passes – both to Stutsman – behind a strong offensive line.
“The offensive line was really the star of the game, they made the drives work,” Goode said.
Defensively, the Skiers were led by middle linebacker Severin Goode and defensive linesman Daren Garner.
Both also play on the offensive line, and “both had an outstanding game,” Goode said.
Meeker 49, Basalt 13
Basalt High School lost its starting quarterback Conor Meyer in the second quarter of the Longhorns’ season opener against Meeker Friday night, making for a rough evening.
Meyer, who also plays outside linebacker, broke his collarbone while making a tackle and could miss the remainder of the season. The loss was huge – Meyer scored Basalt’s first touchdown on a 35-yard interception in the first quarter. When he went down, Basalt was trailing 13-6 in a close game on the road. Meeker would go on to win the game 49-13.
Kaleb Nye, who started at fullback, replaced Meyer and filled in admirably, said Basalt coach Forrest Grosh.
“He hasn’t been getting the reps,” said Grosh. “But he did a great job stepping in.”
Nye threw for 89 yards, including an 83-yard touchdown pass to Cody Burkholder in the second quarter.
“[The team] kept a positive attitude the whole game,” Grosh said. “They never gave up, and we’ve got some high spirits ahead.”
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