Saints run through Gilpin County |

Saints run through Gilpin County

Ian Cropp
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyVail Christian's Jaryd Francis, left stumbles over Debeque's Michael Leach's head during a tackle on Francis in the first half of the game Saturday at in Eagle.

BLACK HAWK – By the end of the first quarter, Vail Christian football coach Tim Pierson had seen enough.With his team winning, 30-0, Pierson pulled his offensive starters and gave his younger players three quarters’ worth of action. Even then, the offense kept rolling, and the Saints won, 52-18, to move to 4-1 on the season.”I was happy with the young guys,” Pierson said. “(Freshman) Will Parker and Elliot Ristow played well.”

After quarterback Jaryd Francis rushed for three touchdowns in the first quarter, Pierson replaced Francis with Josh Sibley. Francis finished with 96 yards on seven carries.”Our second-string quarterback (Sibley) got most of the reps in practice this week,” Pierson said.Not only did Sibley practice taking snaps, but he practiced kicking PATs, a rarity for 8-man football. The entire PAT unit’s practice came to fruition when the Saints attempted, and made their first PAT in school history.”It’s hard to protect (the kicker) in 8-man football,” Pierson said. “You can’t block the ends.”

Vail Christian played well on defense, collecting three turnovers on the day. Chase Gruber had one of the team’s two interceptions, and returned the ball 60 yards for a touchdown. Oliver Ristow also had an interception.Rounding out the scoring for the Saints were AJ Burgess, with two touchdowns including a 38-yard run, and Caleb Pearson, who snagged a 60-yard reception.Jonathan Romero came up with big tackles on defense and also had two catches for 20 yards. Parker carried the ball five times for 37 yards.Next week the Saints have their final home game at 1:30 p.m. against Silver State at Hot Stuff Stadium.

“Silver State has one of the best backs in the state,” Pierson said. “We shut that kid down, and we’ll be good.”Vail, Colorado

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