Saints above .500 for the first time |

Saints above .500 for the first time

The eight-man Vail Christian football team has a winning record for the first time in the program’s history after knocking off Gilpin County 42-24 Saturday.

“It’s great for the guys. They’ve been working so hard for this,” Vail Christian coach Bob Isbell said. “It’s great for the school after three years to say that this is our first winning season. That first one is always the most difficult to reach.”

The Saints reached that previously elusive season with more than 400 yards offense. That will usually do the trick.

Vail Christian demonstrated that it could move the ball late in the second quarter. Trailing, Vail Christian marched 64 yards in 29 seconds without using a timeout. Quarterback Stevie Reid hooked up twice – a 50-yarder and a 7-yard TD pass – with Rex Roberts on that drive to give the Saints a 22-16 halftime lead.

The Eagles retook the lead on their first drive of the second half. But from there it was all Saints. Reed to Roberts for 21 yards gave the Saints the lead for good.

On the ground, Robbie Brgoch ran 21 times for 98 yards, kicked three extra points and ran back a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. Matthew Seatvet ran for 33 yards on seven carries and had a touchdown.

Reid had a nice day under center, completing 9 of 17 for 256 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 48 yards. Reid’s favorite target was Roberts, who caught eight passes for 219 yards, including three trips to the end zone. Oh, by the way, Roberts also had two interceptions on defense.

Speaking of defense, Isbell gave kudos to Joe Romero and John McGee, who combined for 33 tackles, as well as Michael MacCutcheon. Then there was the effort of the offensive line of McGee, Stephen Shainholtz, Richard Butters and Rye Miller.

Vail Christian has completed his conference slate, but is working to schedule a nonconference tilt next Saturday as a part of Homecoming. Isbell hopes to announce the team’s plans Monday.

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