Saints football wins opener
The Vail Christian football team faced four-and-goal from the Longmont Christian 28-yard line Saturday afternoon.
Most coaches generally do not have a play in the book for fourth-and-28, not to mention in a goal-line situation.
“We have a lot of those on my list,” joked Saints coach Bob Isbell. “We ruled out the quarterback sneak.”
Now, that’s coaching.
Instead, Saints quarterback P.J. Bevan handed the ball of to Kyle Morris who, with the aid of a bruising block from Robbie Brgoch, rambled 28 yards for a touchdown.
That run capped a a great day for the Saints, who smashed the host Warriors, 34-0.
Not a bad way to start the season.
“It was a good start,” Isbell said. “We did a lot of really good things. The kids really hustled and did a great job mentally. We gave them some different looks and they adjusted well. We did make some mistakes. We had some holding penalties and a block-to-the-back, which called back a touchdown. We need to eliminate those mistakes, but I was really pleased with their efforts.”
The Saints dominated from the get-go. On Longmont’s first play of the game, Morris picked off Warriors’ pass, setting up a 52-yard Saints drive. That march was capped when Bevan called his own number from three yards out for a 6-0 lead.
After holding the Warriors on their next possession, Vail Christian struck again. This time, it was Matt Seatvet going 31 yards for six.
In the second quarter, the Saints defense continued to commit larceny as Rex Roberts recovered a Warriors fumble. Vail Christian capitalized again as Bevan hooked up with Roberts for 20 yards and a touchdown. With the two-point conversion, the Saints led 20-0 at the half.
It was more of the same in the second half. A screen from Bevan to Brgoch went 34 yards for a 26-0 lead.
The Saints rounded out the scoring with your, old average fourth-and-28 conversion for touchdown, followed by Nate Simon’s run for the final two points.
While the Saints scored 34 points, just as important was the play on the other side of the ball, as the Saints’ defense recorded the shutout, the first in the program’s history.
“The defense played great,” Isbell said. “Kyle Morris had that great interception on the first play of the game. We had a couple of fumble recoveries. Kyle Bruntz made some big plays at nose guard. Nathan Simon played well at linebacker and Rex Roberts got in on some big hits.”
Vail Christian (1-0) continues Central League play Saturday at Westland Christian. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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