Aspen stifles Coal Ridge |

Aspen stifles Coal Ridge

Baron Zahuranec
Rifle correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Peach Valley, Colorado”The visiting Aspen Skiers got out of the gate quickly against the Coal Ridge Titans and walked out of there with a big 60-14 win on Halloween.

The win puts Aspen at 8-2 overall this year and 5-2 in 2A Western Slope League play that should net them a wildcard playoff spot.

Coal Ridge on the other hand, while they didn’t make the playoffs, had their most successful football season in the school’s four-year history. They’ll end the season with a 4-6 record overall and went 1-6 in 2A WSL games.

Aspen was led by two scoring receptions from Nicky Ufkes, two rushing touchdowns each from Beau Seguin and Travis VanDomelen. Walker Hill added two pickoffs, one returned for six points.

The Skiers scored three touchdowns in the first four minutes of the game, and Coal Ridge was never able to recover.

Seguin’s first score came on a five-yard scamper to cap off a 58-yard, game opening drive. Eleven seconds later, Hill had a 35-yard interception return to make it 13-0, and just 49 seconds later Quinn Morehead hauled in an 18-yard pass from Cole Anderson to make it 19-0.

The Titans first score came on a 16-yard quarterback keeper by Keenen Grumley to finish a 71-yard drive. The two-point conversion was good and the lead was cut to 26-8. They were helped out by two 15-yard penalties by the Skiers, but Alex Klein did have two big catches on the drive that kept the chains moving.

In the second quarter, already up 33-8, the Skiers were looking to score again. Facing a third and nine on Coal Ridge’s 12-yard line, Anderson found Ufkes in the endzone to make it 40-8.

The Titans answered with a score of their own the next drive, but hey were

up against a long fourth and 11. A short screen to the left to Josh Alsop didn’t look good to start, but he brushed aside tacklers en route to a 43-yard touchdown.

To close out the first half, Aspen scored one more time to make it a 48-14

halftime margin.

In the third, Aspen put two more touchdowns on the board, Seguin’s and

VanDomelen’s second scores. Leading 60-14, and not yet in the fourth

quarter, the reserves from both sides got to see some playing time.

The Titans last chance to cut into the lead came on a hail mary attempt with

one second remaining, but no Titan was able to come down with the ball on their final pass of the year.

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