GYPSUM — Mamma, don’t let your babies grow up to be Cowboys.
You want them to be Saints, after all. Vail Christian proved that point emphatically Friday night at Hot Stuff Stadium in its 8-man football opener, roping the Plateau Valley Cowboys, 52-0.
Vail Christian’s Blue Crush defense set the tone from the start. Clayton Davis picked off a pass on the Cowboys’ first possession. The Saints needed just one play to find the house. The Vail Christian offensive line blew open a hole, and Cole Caynoski obliged by rumbling 39 yards for a score.
The Saints defense got the next score. Alex Davis hit the Plateau Valley quarterback forcing the ball loose. Sebastian Joly scooped it up for an 11-yard fumble return.
After the Vail Christian defense forced a three-and-out, Plateau Valley botched the snap on the punt, so the Saints had the ball deep in Cowboys territory. Two plays later, Branden Currey was in the end zone on a 9-yarder.
When Vail Christian’s special teams made a mistake on a punt, the Cowboys had the ball on the Saints’ 5 late in the first quarter. But Blue Crush answered with bruising hits by Caynoski and Alex Davis. The Cowboys lost 5 yards on that possession and missed a field goal.
Hit the Ground running
The Saints are transitioning from a passing offense to a power run game. They appear to have the tools. On Vail Christian’s fourth scoring drive, Ethan Ellsworth plowed through Cowboys for 35 yards on two plays. Caynoski did the rest with a 40-yard touchdown run, making it 30-0.
By the middle of the second quarter, the Saints were pounding the ball at will. Mike Lange plunged in from one yard out capping a long drive. As such, the offensive line was doing its part very well. That would be Max Schramm at left guard, center Ryan Hethcote at center and sophomore Keaghin Mullin. Hethcote appeared to take a ding to his knee during the second quarter. He did not return to the game, but it was 46-0 by that point.
The defense never rests, though. Ray Trillo got a second-half interception. The Saints got their younger players on the field in the second half. In the fourth quarter, freshman Kendrick Kensella got to do the honors in the fourth for a TD.
In other exciting Vail Christian news, we welcome Lief Victor Pierson, who was born Thursday at 3:40 p.m. That would be the new son of Vail Christian football coach Tim Pierson and his wife, Tabitha. The future Saint tipped the scales at 7 pounds.
Next up for Vail Christian is a road game at Rocky Mountain Lutheran on Saturday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.