Saints blast Gilpin County, 64-6
GYPSUM – How sweep it is.For the second consecutive year, Vail Christian swept its Homecoming slate Saturday. After volleyball took out Crested Butte in four games, the football team obliged by smacking around Gilpin County, 64-6.About the only drama to this one was who would be Homecoming king, and that was James Graef.”It was nice to get up on them early and finish the job and stay on top of them and kind of never have to worry,” said coach Tim Pierson, whose team moved to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the Central League. “I was definitely pleased with our performance. I was pleased with our effort. Defensively, I think the other team held the ball for too long. It was a little disappointing that they had the ball as long as they did. But, we did a lot of good things. Our young kids played extremely well, so we’re very proud of them.”Or as quarterback Jonathan Armstead said, “Fantastic.”Offense explodes
That word could be applied to the Saints offense as it need only two plays to score the first touchdown of the day. Armstead found Josh Sibley for 29 yards and then ran 37 yards for an 8-0 lead.After Saints linebacker Oliver Ristow intercepted Gilpin’s Anthony Cole, Bjorn Bauer rumbled 42 yards. Then, it was Armstead to Jaryd Francis for 23 yards and another quick score.Both Armstead and Bauer had big days. Armstead carried the ball five times for 79 yards and a score. Through the air, he was 8-for-12 for 115 yards with three TDs. Bauer had a breakout day with a career-high 158 yards on just seven carries with two touchdowns. “Bjorn Bauer is a kid that we needed to get going right at the beginning of the year,” Pierson said. “He’s only a sophomore and it took a little while for him to get going. This was his best week of practice. It was real impressive.”Francis recovered an Eagles’ fumble on the Saints’ 37 and Vail Christian brought out the Phelan-ator. Armstead pitched to Ristow, who started the reverse to Francis. Francis threw the ball back to Amrstead, who chucked it 41 yards to Josh Sibley.Two plays later, Bauer scampered 20 yards for a touchdown and the rout was on.”That was my first time playing as a wing,” Bauer said. “So, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I just ran out there and touchdown. (The offensive line) was doing really well. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.”The Saints made it 32-0 when Armstead hit His Highness, Graef, on an 8-yarder. With 6:03 to go in the half, Bauer got his second score of the day on a 30-yard run. The Saints ended the half with Armstead hitting Sibley for a 6-yard touchdown.
“I expect them to be open every single time,” Armstead said. “In the corner of my eye, I can always see Jamie and Josh beating their men. It’s kind of weird just because in practice, they’re not really fast guys. In track, we’d get last place every time. But, they’re just two of the best.”Young gunsWith the Saints clinging to a 48-6 lead, the Saints youngsters got some playing time and they showed their mettle. Quarterback Josh Glandorf threw two 8-yard touchdown passes, one to Caleb Pearson and the other to Jordan Foster. Backs Galen Jacobs, Blake Gruber and Nate Hanan also showed their stuff with some impressive rushing.”I was real pleased that with the running clock in the second half and with how long (Gilpin was) holding the ball that our young JV offense was able to march up and down the field on them and put the ball in the end zone,” Pierson said.
Blue CrushThe Vail Christian defense had one its best outings of the year. Kyle Bruntz and Pearson led the team with seven solo tackles and five assists each. Ristow, Graef and Francis each had six solos. Freshman Gruber had four tackles and three assists.The Saints’ defense also allowed a season-low six points.Vail Christian next hits the road for a big test Saturday at Silver State.”We practiced this week running Silver State’s offense for scout team,” Pierson said. “It’s very similar to Gilpin. They’re going to be physical. They’re going to run the ball a lot and we’ve got to play tougher on defense. It’s going to come down to controlling the line of scrimmage and controlling the ball. We’ve got to hold the ball longer on offense and not score so quickly and let our defense hold them. We’ve definitely got to get Silver State.”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.