Saints roll past North Park, 64-7
GYPSUM – Mack Cooper got some flack in the postgame huddle after Vail Christian thrashed North Park, 64-7, for Homecoming Saturday in Gypsum.
Since the junior ran for more than 200 yards and three scores, he needed to buy the offensive line of Sean Ryan, Max Schramm and Tyler Purse lunch.
In the interest of fairness, Cooper wasn’t the only one benefiting from the o-line. Quarterback Austin Ellsworth, who had three rushing touchdowns and one by air, probably should treat the offensive line. Mike Lange scored three times. We think that’s a lunch.
It’s just important to take care of the big guys after they laid waste to the Wildcats.
“Homecoming, it’s great to come out here and have a huge victory,” said Ryan, who plays center. “It’s always great to come out here. The line did a great job. We’ve been working a lot on our pulling guards in practice and they did an excellent job.”
“The offensive line has continued to get better,” Saints coach Tim Pierson said. “Max Schramm, Tyler Purse and Sean Ryan all did a good job. I think Mack had well over 200 yards running and that’s because of those guys up front.”
There were three major questions to this game. Would the first quarter ever end? When would the Saints get to a running clock? And would the young kids hold at the end?
The first quarter took nearly 50 minutes because the Saints just kept scoring, a thing for which one really cannot find fault. The Saints hung up 34 points, while only allowing a kickoff return. Vail Christian finally got the deficit to 40 points late in the second half, which meant a running clock, which made math teacher and basketball coach Doug Bruce happy.
And though the game was well beyond decided, the younger Saints made a nice stand to keep the Wildcats out of the end zone in the waning minutes. The kids adjusted nicely to seeing different offensive sets and closed the door.
“It was pretty awesome,” linebacker Cole Caynoski said. “I got a little nervous before the game. I came out for the kickoff and got the wind knocked out of me. After that, it was all good. We were trying to stop the fullback dive, No. 42 (Adrian Cereceres). Other than that, we worked on our tackling which is getting better.”
Vail Christian (2-1 in the Central League and 4-2 overall) hosts Justice Friday night in Gypsum at 7 for Senior Night.
Volleyball slams North Park
EDWARDS – Ryan was the Homecoming king and volleyball’s Ashlyn Gruber was the queen.
Before being crowned Gruber and the Saints dispatched North Park in three games. That puts Vail Christian at 13-1. The Saints host Battle Mountain Wednesday at 6 p.m.
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North Park 7 0 0 0 – 7
Saints 34 18 6 6 – 64
VC – Mack Cooper, 57-yard run (run failed), 10:05
NP – Alex Telck, 98-yard KO return, KG, 9:57
VC – Cooper, 61-yard run (run good), 9:27
VC – Cooper, 15-yard run (run good), 6:45
VC – Austin Ellsworth, 28-yard run, (pass failed), 4:47
VC – Ellsworth, 1-yard run, (run failed), 0:15
VC – Ellsworth, 71-yard pass to Branden Currey, (run failed), 10:01
VC- Ellsworth, 1 yard run, (pass failed), 4:42
VC- Mike Lange, 16-yard run, (run failed), 0:15
VC – Lange, 10-yard run, KNG, 8:27
VC – Lange, 9-yard run, (run failed), 5:27