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Saints football wins league

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High-school football championships are generally won on a Friday or a Saturday.

But, then again, the Vail Christian 8-man football team hasn’t followed form this year, and that continued Tuesday, as the Saints captured their first league championship in school history.

On a Tuesday?

Well, Saints coach Bob Isbell received a letter Tuesday that Westland Christian had forfeited their wins against Vail Christian (16-14) and Silver State (32-30), because the Wildcats had used an ineligible player in those games.

So, your 4-1 Saints are now 5-0. And, with one league game to play, the Saints hold the tiebreaker on 3-1 Silver State. So, voila – that’s for you, Linda – the Saints are the 2003 Central League champs.

“You don’t win championships in football on Tuesday too often,” Bob Isbell joked.

All kidding aside, it’s a tremendous accomplishment for the Saints, who were winless just two seasons ago.

“The guys are extremely excited, especially the seniors, who’ve worked so hard to make this happen,” Isbell said. “We’re 5-0, and in the playoffs, but now the goal is 8-0.”

To that end, the Saints host nonconference DeBeque Saturday at 1:30 p.m., at Eagle Valley High School. Please note, that is a change from the regular venue. As an aside, we’re not going to crack any jokes about the Saints playing at the home of the Eagle Valley Devils. Too easy.

Vail Christian returns to Huskies Stadium, Oct. 11, against Gilpin County. The Saints will then receive a forfeit win from Aurora Christian, which could not field a full roster this year.

With the league title, the Saints are guaranteed a home playoff game on Oct. 25 against a wild-card team. This team’s identity will be generated by process more complicated than quantum physics by the Colorado High School Activities Association.

Looking at the rest of the Central League, Silver Creek looks pretty solid in the No. 2 spot. North Park (2-2), Longmont Christian (2-2) and Westland Christian (now 1-3) are all battling for the third and final postseason bid. Westland is still in the picture because the Wildcats control their own destiny, playing North Park and Longmont in the final two weeks of the season.

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at

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