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Saints’ rally falls just short

They nearly pulled it off.

Down 8-0 and 16-8 against Westland Christian Saturday, the Vail Christian Saints nearly pulled off a heck of a comeback, mounting a drive in the final two minutes, only to have the game-tying, two-point conversion batted away at the last second.

“It was a big disappointment,” Vail Christian coach Bob Isbell said. “At the same time, you look and find some positives. Our defense held them in the red zone three times. The defense played exceptionally well and hard the whole game. They produced a turnover with two minutes to go to get the possible game-tying drive. Everybody played hard and laid it on the line.”

The aforementioned turnover came from Richard Butters, who recovered a Wildcats’ fumble. With the Saints trailing, 16-8, they mounted a drive. On fourth-and-inches from the 50, Robbie Brgoch rambled 45 yards for the first down and the Saints were in business. From the Wildcats’ 5, quarterback P.J. Bevan called his number for the touchdown with 1:14 remaining in the game.

The Saints went for two, but Bevan’s pass to Rex Roberts was batted away. Vail Christian tried the onside kick, but was unsuccessful.

It was 8-0 at haltime – with the Saints a little shell-shocked by a game-opening kickoff return for a touchdown by Westland. While the offense struggled, the defense was solid as a rock. Isbell, after the game, handed out props to defenders Nathan Simon, Andreas Bauer and Stephen Shainholtz.

But, Vail Christian regrouped in the second half. In the third quarter, Bevan hooked up with Kyle Morris for a 38-yard touchdown pass. Bevan converted the two points and it was 8-8.

Westland Christian scored at the end of the third period to take a 16-8 lead, before Vail Christian made its final drive.

The Saints (1-1) continue to be road warriors with their next game Saturday at North Park. 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

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