Vail Christian buries Justice, 54-6
GYPSUM – The Vail Christian Saints left the Justice High School Phoenix in the ashes and then scattered those ashes, rolling to a 54-6 win Friday.
The Saints celebrated Senior Night, honoring Chase Caynoski, Sean Ryan and Alex Tsamasfyros, and then set about marching in early and often.
Just moments into the first quarter, Mack Cooper’s 45-yard run set up the Saints’ first touchdown. Quarterback Austin Ellsworth fired a strike to Cole Caynowski for an 8-0 lead.
Less than three minutes later, Cooper’s 12-yard run put the Saints up 14-0, and Tsmasfyros snagged Ellsworth’s pass in the back of the end zone for a 16-0 lead.
A 9-yard Justice punt put Vail Christian in business at the Phoenix’s 26-yard line.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
Ellsworth hit Branden Currey with a 10-yard touchdown strike, and Ellsworth hit Clayton Davis in stride for the two-point conversion and a 24-0 lead
Justice finally got its offense rolling, converting two straight fourth downs to keep its drive going. But on its third straight fourth-down attempt, Matt Shramm sacked Justice quarterback Alexis Alday for a 10-yard loss, and the Saints took over on the 50.
The two teams traded punts, and on fourth-and-one, Justice decided to punt, and the Saints made them pay.
Nigel Johnsen fielded the punt at the Saints’ 40 and returned it 60 yards for another Vail Christian touchdown and a 30-0 lead. Cooper added the two-point conversion to make it 32-0 at halftime.
The Saints opened the second half with more of the same. A short Justice punt and a long Vail Christian return, and the Saints were again deep in Phoenix territory. Cooper ran it in from 12 yards out for a 38-0 Vail Christian lead.
Justice put together its first sustained drive of the game and consumed much of the third quarter. Phoenix quarterback Alday did most of the damage himself, completing three passes and running it himself for 45 yards.
On fourth-and-18, Alday capped the drive. He ducked three Saints pass rushers as he rolled to his right. He fired into the back of the end zone, and his receiver came down with it, dragging a foot to stay in bounds for the touchdown to make it 38-6.
Their momentum didn’t last long. Cooper ran it in from 10 yards out for his third touchdown of the game and a 44-6 lead. Ellsworth picked up the two-point conversion on a broken play and a 46-6 Vail Christian lead.
Michael Lange drove it straight up the middle for the touchdown. Ellsworth found Shramm for the two-point conversion and the 54-6 final.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or email@example.com.