Saints football knocks off Lake County, 28-7 |

Saints football knocks off Lake County, 28-7

He ... could ... go ... all .. the ... way. Vail Christian's Joseph Emmer returns a pick-six for a touchdown during the Saints' 28-7 win on Friday night agaist Lake County in Leadville.
Peter Kinsella | Special to the Daily |

LEADVILLE — Welcome to the win column, gents.

Vail Christian football won for the first time as an 11-man squad, winning at Lake County, 28-7, on Friday night. That also probably set the program’s record for winning at the highest altitude as well.

This was just what the doctor ordered after tough opening-week loss at Grand Valley.

“It’s pretty special,” Saints coach Tim Pierson said. “Dating back to last year, we had West Grand, that playoff game and opening week, it was nice to get the monkey off our back, to breathe a sigh of relief.”

Quarterback Tom Engleby had a big night, going 11-for-17 for 183 yards, and three touchdowns against only one interception. Engleby to Joseph Emmer in the first quarter started the night. While the Saints are at 11-man football, they apparently still like the 2-point conversion, which was good, a pass from Engleby to Kellen Kinsella.

Up 8-7 in the second quarter, Bryan Trujillo ripped off a 70-yard kick-off return. That eventually set up fourth-and-goal and a 1-yard TD pass from Engleby to Ethan Kuhns.

Young master Kuhns spent rest of the evening, wrecking the Panthers’ offense with 14 tackles. That was part of a great Saints’ defensive effort, which produced four turnovers.

Speaking of turnovers, Emmer had a pick-six later in the game. Engleby to Kinsella made it 22-8. Engleby and Emmer brought together the Saints’ last touchdown.

Vail Christian (1-1) finally gets a home game next week. The Saints host Cedaredge on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Battle Mountain in Edwards.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, and @cfreud.