Saints football earns all-state honors |

Saints football earns all-state honors

To: Mike King, Vail Christian athletic director

From: The Vail Christian football team

Re: Trophy case

Hop to it, Mr. King. The awards keep coming in for Vail Christian athletics. The latest round of accolades comes from the Rocky Mountain News, whose 8-Man All-State Football Team includes four Saints.

“We’re working on it,” Vail Christian football coach Bob Isbell laughed. “Mike’s working on the measurements right now.”

Linebacker John McGee is the second-team, al-state defense, followed by honorable-mention selections P.J. Bevan, Andreas Bauer and Rex Roberts.

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“It’s exciting in a sense because I truly believe that whether you’re selected to the first team or the second team or honorable mention, it just acknowledges again, throughout the state, what they accomplished was really wonderful.”

What this foursome, and the rest of the Saints, accomplished was the best season in school history – a Central League title, a perfect regular season, a playoff win and a 9-1 record.

And, given that all-state at the 8-man level is usually the domain of the Eastern Plains schools, it’s a nice acknowledgement for the Saints program on the state level.

McGee was an iron horse – playing offense, defense and special teams. The guy just didn’t leave the field.

“If you look at it, John really did a great job and had two outstanding years last year and this year,” Isbell said. “That was really great. He’s always there and he’s always so dependable. He made some really great plays.”

You want plays? Bevan made them all year long. The quarterback led the state with 23 touchdown passes, compared to just three interceptions. Through the air or on the ground, he piled up more than 1,500 yards of offense.

Of course, Bevan couldn’t do that without the help of guys like Roberts.

“You got the ball near him and he was going to catch it,” said Isbell, describing Roberts perfectly.

Roberts had 11 touchdowns, a myriad of highlight-reel catches and was a force at free safety.

About the only quarterback in the state Bauer didn’t drop was Bevan – and P.J. sends his thanks. Bauer was second in the state in sacks with 17. In the process, he rewrote the Vail Christian record book for sacks in a season, sacks in a game and safeties.

As, with all postseason honors, there are always some omissions of worthy candidates. Saints running back and corner Robbie Brgoch certainly deserved some form of all-state honor, but didn’t make the team.

He was the team’s leading rusher with more than 1,000 yards. He was a menace on defense. He returned kicks. He was a sensational pass blocker.

“I was really disappointed for Robbie because if you look at his history, he’s started ever since he’s been a freshman and he’s been a contributor every year,” Isbell said. “I don’t know how you can leave a Robbie Brgoch off.”

The good news is that Brgoch will be shooting for a state title in the pole vault come spring.

Hopefully, by then, Vail Christian will have a trophy case.

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. He can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614., or via