Faith Christian too much for Devils in Gypsum
GYPSUM – Eagle Valley football has a beautiful new field at Hot Stuff Stadium and the Devils will have better days on it in the future.
In Saturday’s opening game for the turf and the 2009 debut of the Devils, visiting Faith Christian had its way with Eagle Valley in a 41-0 win.
“It’s a tough way to start your season,” Devils coach John Ramunno said. “They’re good. They’ve got some speed. They really attacked the perimeter well. That kid (Eagles quarterback Micah Twedell) really throws the ball well. They took advantage of every mistake we made.”
While the Devils made key mistakes which led to Faith Christian’s first two scores, the Eagles also showed why they are a 2A powerhouse. This was Faith Christian’s first game since a state semifinal loss last year to Olathe, ironically, Eagle Valley’s opponent next week.
With more than 40 wins in the last four years, including a state title in 2006, the Eagles were ready to go.
“When you lose your last game when it’s in the regular season or in the playoffs, there’s always that bad taste in your mouth,” Faith Christian coach Jenn Faust said. “The kids were committed to being in the weight room. They showed up and made our job easy.”
Eagle Valley’s defense played well in the early-going. The Devils sent the Eagles packing on a three-and-out on their first possession. When Eagle Valley quarterback Nick Pietrack fumbled on third-and-2 from on his own 35, his defense looked like it had made the stop.
But the Devils got whistled for roughing the kicker on a field-goal attempt that was no good. Faith Christian picked up an automatic first down and scored on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Twedell to Garrett Bundick three plays later.
Pietrack fumbled the ball again on Eagle Valley’s next possession, but this turnover was not on him. The senior quarterback was blindsided and had no chance to hold on to the ball.
The Eagles took over on the Devils’ 28 yard line, and needed just six plays to make it 14-0. Twedell hit Brandon Roche for 20 yards and a touchdown. Twedell ended up the day, going 9-for-14 with 172 yards and three touchdown throws to go with 55 yards rushing.
“I was pleasantly surprised with how well we executed,” Jenn said. “But Micah made some good decisions. He found second and third receivers when he needed to. That’s the advantage of having a senior quarterback who’s started for a year.”
Faith Christian upped its lead to 28-0 at the half with a 29-yard scamper from Bundick and an 18-yard run by Twedell.
The Eagles opened the second half with the play of the game. Twedell dropped back and fired a dart to Nolan Beasley for a 41-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter. On Faith’s second possession of the third, Bundick scored from 12 yards out for his second touchdown.
Eagle Valley struggled on offense all day. Whether it was planned or dictated by falling behind early, the Devils threw the ball 17 times Saturday, While the Devils didn’t reach 100 yards on offense, one highlight was a 19-yard screen pass from Pietrack to Seth Williamson on a third-and-16 situation in the first half.
“We still need to become better blockers and tacklers,” Ramunno said. “We saw some missed tackles out there. That’s going to happen in Game 1. Hopefully, we can get better. We’ve got a lot of guys who didn’t play varsity last year. It’s a little faster speed and you’ve got to wrap up and play hard.
“I think our kids were giving us a good effort. It’s hard when you fall way behind. We tried to play a lot of different kids today in different spots. Hopefully, we’ll get to work.”
Eagle Valley (0-1) continues nonconference play Friday at Olathe.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or email@example.com.
3A Slope scores
Friday, Aug. 28
Woodland Park 17, Palisade 16
Montrose 38, Glenwood Springs 12
Saturday, August 29
Bayfield 22, Montezuma-Cortez 17
Steamboat Springs 41, Holy Family 21
Faith Christian 41, Eagle Valley 0
Delta vs. Gunnison, 3:30 p.m., Western State College
Summit at Battle Mountain, 7 p.m.
Berthoud at Moffat County, 7 p.m.
Eagle Valley at Olathe, 7 p.m.
Silver Creek at Rifle, 7 p.m.
Glenwood Springs at Conifer, 7:30 p.m.
Palisade vs. Pueblo County, 8 p.m., Stocker Stadium
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