Saints rout Justice, 62-0

LAFAYETTE —Those Saints are just a bunch of passing fools.

Next thing you know, Vail Christian football’s going to bring out the spread offense or the run-and-shoot.

Saints quarterback Mike Lange threw — we repeat — threw for three touchdowns in Vail Christian’s 62-0 demolishing of Justice in Lafayette on Saturday.

While the Saints (7-0 overall and 6-0 in the Central League) generally run a ground-chuck or, perhaps, ground-Sug offense, there is merit to balance.

“We have talented receivers,” Vail Christian coach Tim Pierson said. “Mike Lange is a good-throwing quarterback. It’s just his first year at the position. It’s another phase of our offense.”

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And the play-action pass is a natural extension for the Saints, who love three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust rushing. Just to make sure that Saturday’s game was not “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” Lange started the game with a 60-yard scamper. Lange then tossed a 24-yard strike to Alex Davis.

Max Schramm was the recipient of two screen passes of 15 and 26 yards for scores. In between, Sug Ellsworth scored from one yard out. With five 2-point conversions, the Saints were clinging to a 40-0 lead after the first quarter.

Davis and Clayton Davis added scoring runs as the game progressed, and Ethan Kuhns had the exclamation point with a pick-six.

Speaking of defense, Blue Crush pitched its third shutout in a row.

Next up is Pikes Peak Christian on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Eagle Valley. Not only is it Homecoming, but the Saints can sew up the Central League with a win. With the title comes an automatic berth in the state playoffs and a first-round home game.

“We have five seniors on our team and six or seven juniors, and that upperclassmen leadership will be fine,” Pierson said. “They’re focused. They know what’s happening, and what’s at stake. They’ll keep us going in the right direction.”

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

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