Saints collar Cowboys, 36-0
GYPSUM – Nice job, new guys.
While it’s hard to call Vail Christian upperclassmen Chase Caynoski, Mack Cooper, Austin Ellsworth, Tyler Purse and Sean Ryan “old,” they are the veterans for Saints 8-man football this season. And a big question coming into Saturday’s opener was how will the newbies fit in with those old ancient ones?
Just fine, as it turns out to the tune of a 36-0 rout of Plateau Valley Saturday at Eagle Valley in Gypsum.
“It was cool to see the younger kids step it up,” Cooper said. “Clayton, coming in with two or three touchdowns, was just insane.”
Clayton would be Clayton Davis, a freshman, who ended the day three touchdown catches, and he was just one of the new guys sparkling in the passing game. Sophomore Branden Currey nabbed five passes from Ellsworth for 122 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown. Meanwhile, Cooper was equally insane with six grabs for 93 yards as Vail Christian cruised.
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“They played really well, Branden especially,” Ellsworth said, while tending to his younger brother Brady, 3. “I hooked up with him a lot. He ran his routes really well. Even when kids weren’t getting the ball, they were running their routes well. They were open.”
The Ellsworth clan had a big day, which is sort of becoming the norm at any Vail Christian sporting event. Austin completed 21-of-34 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns. His dad, Todd, made his debut calling the plays, and as the score indicated that went well.
“I thought we tackled real well on defense,” Saints head coach Tim Pierson said. “We had some new things going on on offense. It was coach Ellsworth’s first game calling the offense and he did a good job. That was a lot of fun. I thought our young receivers did a good job.”
After a stop-and-start first quarter, Vail Christian got rolling with a 56-yard drive, capped by a 10-yard pass from Ellsworth to Davis for an 8-0 lead. On their next drive, the Saints went 66 yards. The key play there was a big 26-yard catch by Cooper on fourth-and-12 from the Cowboys’ 30-yard line.
Cooper ran it in from four yards to give Vail Christian a 14-0 halftime lead.
The Saints need just three plays to find the end zone to start the second half, the big one being the 73-yarder from Ellsworth to Currey. Midway through the third, Ellsworth found Mike Lange for 30 yards, followed by 20-yarder to Davis for a score.
Late in the fourth, it was Ellsworth to Davis for 16 yards and six to cap the day.
“They blocked really well,” Ellsworth said of the Saints’ offensive line. “They held their blocks better and were figuring out the other team’s stunts.”
Do remember that the defense pitched a shutout. Cooper had two sacks, while Ellsworth notched an interception. Curry led the Saints with nine tackles, while the Caynoski brothers (Cole and Chase) combined for 14.
The Saints host Dayspring Christian Friday night at 7 at Eagle Valley.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or email@example.com.
Plateau Valley 0 0 0 0 – 0
Vail Christian 0 14 14 8 – 36
VC- Austin Ellsworth 10-yard pass to Clayton Davis, conversion good, 8:24
VC- Mack Cooper, 4-yard run, conversion no good, 2:06
VC- Ellsworth 73-yard pass to Branden Currey, conversion good, 10:19
VC- Ellsworth 20-yard pass to Davis, conversion no good, 5:03
VC- Ellsworth 16-yard pass to Davis, conversion no good, 0:57