It’s still great: Devils beat Vista Peak, 21-6, in opener
Scores of interest
Devils 21 Vista Peak 6
Huskies 50, Middle Park 14
Saints 22, Plateau Valley 12
Aspen 12, Grand Valley 6
Cedaredge 21, Basalt 6
Central 36, Air Academy 26
Coal Ridge, 38, Dolores 6
Erie 17, Glenwood Springs 0
Montrose 28, Delta 7
Nederland 18, Elbert 14
Palisade 21, The Classical Academy 6
Rifle 41, Moffat County 0
Roaring Fork 16, Meeker 14
Summit County 34, Skyview 7
DENVER — Eagle Valley football is running a pistol offense.
Yes, you just read that. We’ll give you a while to absorb it.
Coach Tom LaFramboise’s debut at the helm of Devils football was a successful one as Eagle Valley rolled to a 21-6 win at Vista Peak on Saturday.
“The kids have bought in,” LaFramboise said. “John Ramunno was there all those years, and I just want to do him proud and fill those shoes. The kids have worked hard, and they needed to feel the success from their hard work.”
LaFramboise should know, He played for Ramunno in 1984 and 1985 and was an assistant for the longtime coach working with tight ends and the defensive line.
Junior quarterback Garrett Martin scored all three times for Eagle Valley (1-0) in each of the first three quarters. More importantly, the Devils were able to rotate in a ton of players to get everyone familiar with the system and game situations.
The offensive line as a whole was superb, and LaFramboise singled out center Juan Toscano as leader of that unit. Toscano blocked well and also handled — gasp — shotgun snaps well with Martin. (We only kid, Ramunno, because the coach is a great guy.)
While the offense racked up the points, likely the turning point was a brilliant goal-line stand by the defense at the end of the first half. The guys dug in and corner-back Charlie Fessenden capped the stop with a pick on fourth down in the end zone.
“That was great for momentum,” LaFramboise said. “It took the wind out of their sails and our kids were so upbeat and excited at the half.”
And while things are changing a lot of Eagle Valley football, one thing remains the same. The boys in black, white and silver did chant, “Ain’t it great to be a Devil,” after the game.
As with any opener, it’s just a start.
“You can always work on line play and back play,” LaFramboise said. “Until I watch film, and I’ll probably watch film all night, we’ll start pin-pointing things.”
Eagle Valley’s Week 2 opponent is a rather familiar one. The Devils are in Edwards to face Battle Mountain.
“We’ll be primed and ready for that,” LaFramboise said.