Soroco tops Vail Christian, 41-7
GYPSUM – The Vail Christian Saints had a tough night, falling to Soroco 41-7.
Injuries and some bad luck accounted for some of the Saints night, the Rams running game took care of the rest.
Saints quarterback Austin Ellsworth bruised his hand in practice this week and was relegated to defense. Senior Granger Moch was sidelined in the first half.
Senior Teller Emmer stepped up to play quarterback and had carried much of the Saints offense.
“Teller Emmer had a great game,” Pierson said. “We modified the offense for his skills and he did a great job. He’s a great leader and he played with all his heart.”
Soroco coach David Bruner said his Rams are usually a passing team, their attack working off short passes and long runs. They worked on their running game this week, and it showed.
“We were more focused this week than we have been,” Bruner said. “We worked all week on our running game, and it paid off. It was a team effort, a team win.”
Senior Soroco running back got the Rams on the board with a 4 yard run early in the first quarter.
Ben Strait made it 14-0 on a halfback pass from Pie Lombardi.
Down 14-0, senior quarterback Teller Emmer slid right, then cut back against traffic through a hole the size the Holland Tunnel. He sprinted 80 yards to the end zone to cut Soroco’s lead to 14-7.
A.J. Anderson added a Soroco field goal with five minutes left in the half to stretch the lead to 17-7 at halftime.
Soroco made it 23-7 with 8:40 left in the third quarter when Jacob Hange hauled in an 18 yard touchdown strike.
The Saints were pinned deep and forced to punt from their own end zone. The Rams Josh Baker returned it 45 yards for a 29-7 lead.
Richard Gonzales made it 35-7 with a three yard run. Baker scored from three yards out after a blocked punt and a 41-7. Soroco’s two-point conversion attempt failed.