Postseason tricks and treats lie ahead
We start this postseason prose with a personal note to Bill and Martha Bevan, parents of Vail Christian quarterback, P.J.
Giants 29, Vikings 17. Read’em and weep.
Please take that infernal picture of me, wearing a Vikings hat in Town Talk, off your refrigerator door. The streak is over.
With that important piece of business out of the way, we give you the rundown on postseason preps:
n It is deja vu all over again down in Gypsum – not that anybody is complaining in Devils Nation. Football is hosting a first-round, state-playoff game, while volleyball is home for regionals.
n Eagle Valley football hosts Buena Vista (Tri-Peaks No. 2) Saturday at 1 p.m., at Hot Stuff Stadium, still the best name for a high school stadium out there. Hmmm. Devils vs. Demons on Halloween weekend. How appropriate.
n If the Devils get past the Demons, they will likely meet up with Eaton, who ended Eagle Valley’s season in the state seminfinals with a pounding last year. Think that’s crossed coach John Ramunno’s mind? We think so.
n Continuing the revenge motif, Roaring Fork is on the other side of the bracket, facing La Junta (Tri-Peaks No. 3). The only way the Devils and Rams could meet in the playoffs would be in the finals. Let it be said. Let it be done.
n Devils’ fans will be racing back-and-forth between Hot Stuff Stadium and the gym because Karl Talcott’s spikers are hosting Region B, starting at 9 a.m. It’s a four-team, round-robin with the top two teams punching a ticket to Denver for the state playoffs.
n Allowing for approximately 90 minutes per game – and, as veteran volleyball fans know, this is pure guess work – Eagle Valley (21-3) faces Ignacio (16-4) at 10:30 a.m., Yuma (17-8) at 1:30 p.m., and Eaton (20-5) at 4:30 p.m.
n CHSAA has ranked the Devils No. 2 in the state in regional seeding. No. 1 is Middle Park, who handed the Devils one of their only three losses. For 3A Slope watchers, No. 9 Hotchkiss is in Region A with Middle Park, St. Mary’s and Denver Christian.
n So to review, Eagle Valley’s only losses are to 3A No. 1 Middle Park, 4A No. 2 Glenwood Springs and 3A No. 9 Hotchkiss. Two notes here. One, Eagle Valley paid Hotchkiss back last weekend, by beating the Bulldogs in the district final. Two – and, this is an “I told you so.” Back in September after the Devils lost to Glenwood in five games at the Demon Invitational, I wrote, “Watch how many teams take Glenwood to five games, much less beat them.” Well, Glenwood is 23-0. No one has taken the Demons to five and only four teams since have managed to win ONE game against Amber Sutherland and company.
n To think that people thought Devils volleyball was in rebuilding mode. Heh.
n Deck the halls with boughs of Holly … Congratulations, Vail Christian football. The bus leaves on Wednesday.
n Seriously, congratulations to the Saints, who one their first football playoff game in school history, 64-52, against Genoa-Hugo. That was one of the most exciting football games I have ever seen – live or on TV. That includes Super Bowl XXIII, when Joe Montana, the greatest, led the Niners down the field against the Bengals in the final 3:43 of regulation to win the game and The Catch, when Montana, the greatest, led the Niners to victory over the Cowboys in the 1981 NFC Championship. That’s high praise from me. I mention none of Joe’s many wins against the Vikings.
n Correction: The Vail Daily incorrectly reported that Saints quarterback P.J. Bevan accumulated 504 yards of offense. I forgot the kneel down at the end of the game. That drops Bevan to 502. Given this information, I think Bob Isbell has no choice, but to start Jonathan Armstead this week against Holly.
n The best quote from last weekend’s game actually came Cory Zehring, who was running the clock: “Is there anything (Rex Roberts) can’t catch?” The answer was no.
n By the way, Zehring, who usually works as the spotter at Eagle Valley games, knows more football than humanly possible. This kid’s going to be a broadcaster or a coach when he grows up.
n Key to Vail Christian’s win on Saturday? Linda Isbell’s football earrings. Definitely, the earrings.
n Props to Pat Phelan for his PA work at Saturday’s Saints’ game. Old habits die hard. He only said, “First down, Huskies,” once.
n Welcome to November, Vail Christian volleyball. Cathy Alexander’s gang is off to regionals in Gunnison Saturday for the first time. (Side note: That’s Vail Christian’s shortest road trip this weekend. … Shudder.)
n At regionals, it’s Region 1 – the Saints (11-10) and DeBeque (21-3) – vs. Region 6 – Primero (17-0) and Creede/Sierra (11-10). Traditionally, the teams from Region 1 go through to Denver. So, history is in favor of the Saints, but nothing can be taken for granted, given what happened at districts last weekend – see DeBeque vs. Ouray.
n With the caveat that your mileage may vary, the Saints face Primero at 10:30 a.m., DeBeque at noon, and Creede/Sierra at 3 p.m.
n To paraphrase Vail Mountain volleyball coach Mike Garvey, “Isn’t it about time for the Saints to get the monkey off DeBeque.”
n Congratulations to Molly McGee and Erika Ghent for finishing in the top third at the 4A state cross country meet last weekend. This duo is made of a freshman and a sophomore, respectively. Yikes.
n Yikes, part II. Look at Vail Christian track come spring. Leslie Peterson finished third at state in the 400. Rachel Glandorf was also third in the 800. Add McGee in the 1600 and 3200? Bob’s smiling again.
n Best to everybody this weekend. Go Saints and Devils – and Packers. I don’t want my picture back up on the Bevans’ refrigerator.
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.