Big plays in big win for Saints
Big plays led to a big bounce-back win for Vail Christian 8-man football Saturday afternoon against North Park, 36-12.
And, with the win, the Saints took a big step toward a possible playoff berth, something which was in jeopardy after last week’s tough 16-14 loss to Westland Christian.
“Just huge,” Saints coach Bob Isbell said. “It’s huge to win like that away from home. We had to have that win to have a chance to be in the playoffs. You can’t measure how big that was.”
Oh, yes, we can, Coach. Last year, the Saints lost a heartbreaker to North Park, a loss which cost the Saints a postseason trip last year.
The big-play theme started on the third play of the game, when quarterback P.J. Bevan hooked up with Rex Roberts for 60 yards and six points. On the team’s third series, it was Bevan to Roberts for 75 yards and a touchdown. On the two-point conversion, the Saints employed a little trickery with the halfback option from Nate Simon to Bevan to make it 14-0.
The Saints picked up where they left off in the second half. The first play of the half was an 80-yard touchdown run by Robbie Brgoch, followed by a two-point conversion from Simon, making it 22-6.
Simon struck again in the third, this time for 40 yards on the ground, and the rout was on. In the fourth quarter, the Saints had their “shortest” scoring play – Bevan to Roberts for 20 yards. Pretty wimpy, guys. Michael McCutcheon converted on the two-pointer to round out the scoring.
For the statistically-inclined, Brgoch had 11 carries for 120 yards and one touchdown. Bevan completed six passes for 187 yards and three scores and his favorite target was Roberts, who hauled in four catches for 157 yards and three touchdowns.
And no Vail Christian win would be complete without an homage to the Saints’ defense. The Blue Crush is composed of Andreas Bauer, Will Guffey, Nate Simon, Stephen Shainholtz, Kyle Bruntz, Richard Butters, Kyle Morris and John McGee.
In a novel concept, the Saints (2-1 in the Central League) will actually play a home game Saturday against the defending league champion Silver State. Silver State is coming off a 32-30 loss to Westland Christian. It’s the first of four-straight homers at Huskies Stadium. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.
Huskies fall at Silver Creek
Battle Mountain football fell to Silver Creek Saturday, 48-0. The Huskies (0-3) return home Friday for a tilt with Delta. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at email@example.com.