Saints smack North Park |

Saints smack North Park

Special to the Daily/Howard GardnerVail Christian's Elliott Simon (23) fires one up in the Saints' 33-6 win at North Park. Simon three for two touchdowns in the victory.

WALDEN ” Vail Christian 8-main football simply powered North Park into the ground Saturday.

Yes, the Saints, likely better known for their slight of hand, just ran the Wildcats off the field, 36-6. In doing so, Vail Christian beat North Park for the first time since 2003.

The way things are going, the next thing you know, Vail Christian will have a gym to call its own. Never mind.

“It’s a relief just to get a win and move forward,” said coach Tim Pierson, whose team is 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the Central League. “We were very physical up front. North Park is the type of team that can get physical. I was very pleased with how the young men rose to the moment. It was obvious that they were controlling the game in the third quarter.”

Quarterback Elliott Simon to James Huzella for 22 yards set up Vail Christian’s first score. Bubba Murray rumbled in ” a Bubba does not scamper ” for a touchdown from there. A.J. Burgess gave the Saints the two-point conversion.

Simon threw the first of his two touchdown passes on the day, finding Ryan Barry for six. North Park scored its only touchdown on a fumble return, but that didn’t stop the Saints from pouring it on in the second half.

On the first play of the third quarter, A.J. Burgess flew 47 yards to the house. Simon to Huzella made the two-pointer, and the Saints were back in control 22-6. Vail Christian recovered a fumble on special teams. Simon found Chris Schmidt for 27 yards and a touchdown and a 30-6 lead, and the rout was on.

Linebacker Chase Gruber returned early from a leg injury and logged eight tackles for the defense. On offense, while the Wildcats had their eye on Murray, Burgess carried the ball eight times for 152 yards. Elliott Ristow had more than 100 yards of offense as well.

Vail Christian returns home Saturday at 1:30 p.m. for its Homecoming game against Victory Christian.

Spikers take two down south

CRESTED BUTTE ” Quick, which Eagle County volleyball team has the most wins?

Though Battle Mountain is off to a superb start, the answer can’t be found in Eagle-Vail. It’s Vail Christian at 10-1 after two wins Saturday.

The Saints downed Crested Butte, 25-20, 25-15, 25-20, and knocked off 2A Nucla, 25-16, 25-18, 25-12.

While coach Cathy Alexander will gladly take the wins, the bigger thing was the improvement of her team’s play after Friday’s sluggish, by comparison, performance against DeBeque.

“It was a huge improvement,” Alexander said. “The girls played quickly with a lot of communication. They served well. We didn’t miss crucial points there. We had good passing and a good serve-receive.”

That will generally do it.

One little bit of bad news for the Saints, though ” Kristin McGinty strained her abdomen muscle. The good news was that Bianca Jensen came off the bench and filled in well.

With the win over Crested Butte, the Saints upped their 1A Mountain League mark to 3-0. The Saints host Gilpin County at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Clare in Edwards.

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