Clear Creek overwhelms Vail Christian, 41-8
Golddiggers 0 13 28 0 — 41
Saints 0 0 0 8 — 8
C – Isiah Mercer, 1 run, KNG, 4:56
C – Ty Judge to Lucas Gerding, 18 pass KG, 024
C – Judge to 1, 58 pass, KG, 11:02
C - Mercer, 10 run, KG,KG 8:50
C – Noah Sarria, 10 run, kg, 4:35
C – Sarria, 46 interception return, KG, 3:01
V – Joey Beveridge to Joseph Emmer, 90 pass, pass good, 2:33
EDWARDS — This was a tough week for local high school football.
Vail Christian capped an 0-for-3 week for the Devils, Huskies and Saints with a 41-8 loss to Clear Creek on Saturday in 1A Foothills League action.
It’s been a rude introduction to 1A for the Saints (1-6). In fairness, prior to Saturday, Vail Christian might have thought it was in the NCAA’s Southeastern Conference from its schedule. Prior to this weekend’s games, the Saints’ losses had been to Grand Valley (ranked No. 17 in the ratings-percentage index), Hotchkiss (No. 12), Cedaredge (No. 8), Platte Canyon (No. 6) and Bennett (No. 4).
What made Saturday frustrating was that Vail Christian had gone through this brutal stretch of scheduling and appeared to have a fighting chance against the visiting Golddiggers. Yes, Clear Creek moved to 6-1 with the win, but it did not have more players on its bench than Vail Christian suits up on game day.
The Saints were competitive for most of the first half. Quarterback Joey Beveridge hooked up with Bryan Trujillo for some nice gains. Jake Nowicki was running hard, racking up some first downs. The Vail Christian defense, including two sacks from David Haynes, held the Golddiggers for the first 20 minutes.
Clear Creek built a 13-0 first-half lead with a 1-yard run from Isiah Mercer and a slick 18-yard grab by Lucas Gerding.
And then everything fell apart as the Golddiggers scored four touchdowns in the third quarter.
“We’ve been talking to the kids about when you get knocked down. It’s about keeping getting up and pressing forward,” Saints coach Tim Pierson said. “That motivation has to come from within inside and wanting to get better each day.”
To that end, the Saints are at Front Range Christian next week.
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