Vail Christian football beats Soroco
Saints are 6-0; Gilpin County on Thursday
Soroco brought in a helicopter for its Homecoming. It didn’t help.
Vail Christian football, No. 1-ranked in the rating-percentage index, and, of course, No. 1 in your hearts, wrecked Soroco’s Homecoming with a 48-12 drubbing of the Rams on Saturday night.
First off, some fun stats.
• There are just four teams in the Centennial State in 8-man that remain undefeated: The Saints (6-0), Sanford (6-0); Sedgewick County (7-0) and Fowler (6-0). Soroco also entered last week undefeated.
• Only two football teams in Vail Christian history have gone 9-0 during the regular season, the 2003 and 2014 squads. Getting out of Oak Creek with a win sets up this year’s squad to make it three. With the caveat that Vail Christian must respect its opponents and come ready to play, the remaining regular-season schedule is favorable.
Gilpin County, Plateau Valley, and Byers are a combined 3-16 this season. The Saints are home for Gilpin and Byers and head to Colbran for the Cowboys.
• Looking at ye olde RPI, the Saints top the rankings followed by Sanford, Merino (5-1), Mancos (5-1) and Sedgewick. Will playing teams with a combined 3-16 record lower Vail Christian’s opponents’-winning percentage, the biggest factor in the formula, to drop the Saints out of the No. 1 spot, even at 9-0?
We don’t know. First off, your sports writer is liberal-arts major and poor at math. Second, Vail Christian can’t control who it plays, only whether it wins or loses. So despite, being based in Broncos country, the Saints need to go all Al Davis.
Win No. 6
The Saints’ sixth win of the season was a lot like the first five — suffocating defense and a lot of offense.
Chris Cappel started the parade to the end zone, scoring the first two touchdowns during the first quarter. The first was a 1-yarder. The second time, he went for 70 yards.
Cappel and quarterback Jamison Lee both topped the 100-yard mark on the ground. The Saints totaled 341 yards of rushing against the Rams with an average per carry of 8.5. That will generally do it.
The Saints upped their lead to 34-0 as Lee threw three touchdown passes during the second quarter. Hayden Sticksel, Andrew Stojkovich, and Cappel were on the receiving end.
Lee ended up throwing five touchdown passes and Stojkovich caught three with the two combining twice more in the second half.
The Saints usually don’t play on Saturday nights, but that worked. So why not continue to change the schedule? Vail Christian hosts Gilpin County on Thursday night at Battle Mountain at 7 p.m.
Steamboat Pilot sports writer Shelby Reardon contributed to this article.