Battle Mountain, Vail Christian win football openers |

Battle Mountain, Vail Christian win football openers

FAIRPLAY – Oh my God, they killed Kenny.And Kyle, Eric and Stan, too.Battle Mountain football opened the season with a resounding 47-0 win at South Park Saturday afternoon.”It’s obviously important to start on a good note,” Huskies coach Pat Engle said. “We played pretty tense at the beginning of the game. As the game progressed, we relaxed and got into our rhythm offensively.”In his first full start, quarterback Bart Cuomo had three touchdown passes – two to Todd Walker and one to T.J. Simpson.”The first group that never gets recognized is the offensive line. They blocked their tails off. Bart didn’t get sacked,” Engle said. “He just played well. He threw the ball with authority. He looked really impressive running the offense.The Huskies were equally efficient on the ground. Aaron Wilcox had 37- and 6-yard touchdown scampers. Ryan Hedrick and Chad Wilkison also found the end zone.The defense was also up to the task. Johnny Wahrer had two fumble recoveries. Simpson and Walker both had interceptions.The Huskies will be in for a challenge Friday when they travel to Moffat County, considered one of the 3A Slope favorites along with Palisade.”We were up there last night scouting them,” Engle said. “We saw them in color and they won, 27-7 (against Rawlings, Wyo.). They’re obviously a very good football team. I just feel like we have a different group of kids. … Our program is on the right track. Our kids don’t get enough recognition. My kids are going to be ready to play football every week.”Saints win, 30-0DENVER – The Blue Crush is back.The Vail Christian eight-man football’s defense had nine sacks, three fumble recoveries, blocked three punts and recorded a safety in a 30-0 win against Academy of Charter, the Saints’ first shutout since 2003.”We tackled better than we ever did last year,” Saints coach Tim Pierson said. “They had a pretty good running back, and by the end of the game, he was tired and frustrated. The defense was what won the game for us. It was a total team effort. They just tackled and pursued.”All Caleb Pearson did was record five sacks, two fumble recoveries and block a kick. Tommy Peskorz and Chase Gruber each had two sacks. Linebacker Bjorn Bauer also had a big day recording tackle after tackle.The Saints offense was more than happy to reap from the defense’s largesse. After the Saints defense stopped a Charter drive at the Wildcats’ 5-yard line, sophomore quarterback Jaryd Francis marched Vail Christian 95 yards for the first score of the season. Francis to Josh Sibley for 22 yards ended the drive. Francis called his own number for the conversion and an 8-0 lead.Later in the first quarter, Tim Reagan forced a fumble on the Wildcats’ 7, and Francis went right back to Sibley for a 16-0 advantage.The Saints started the second half with a safety when the Wildcats snapped the ball out of the end zone on a punt. After the ensuing free kick, Bauer rumbled 41 yards for six. Pearson caused another fumble late in the game, this time on Charter’s 17-yard line. A few plays later it was A.J. Burgess rolling 12 yards for the Saints’ final score of the game.For the statistically inclined, Francis, in for the injured Jon Armstead, completed seven of 19 passes for 66 yards, two touchdowns and two conversions. More importantly, he ran 13 times for 193 yards. Bauer had 70 yards on six carries.Vail Christian has its home opener Saturday at Eagle Valley at 1:30 p.m. against Christian Fellowship.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or via, Colorado

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