Vail Christian cruises to 40-8 victory |

Vail Christian cruises to 40-8 victory

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado

NORTHGLENN, Colorado ” A week long break did little to cool off the sizzling Vail Christian football team. The Saints blitzed Rocky Mountain Lutheran, 40-8, on Saturday in Northglenn.

The same quick-strike offense that led Vail Christian to a 50-14 victory last week over Silver State accompanied the Saints on the road. Vail Christian scored its first touchdown on a 55-yard run by A.J. Burgess on its third play of the game.

Minutes later, the Saints struck again. Quarterback Larry Cavanaugh hit Burgess for a 60-yard TD. After a two-point conversion by Will Parker, Vail Christian led 16-0.

The Saints continued to add to their first-quarter advantage. Cavanaugh connected on a 40-yard pass to Elliot Ristow to set up another Vail Christian touchdown. This time, Parker marched in from 13 yard out to make it 24-0.

“Will is quick, he’s got some speed,” Vail Christian coach Tim Pierson said. “It’s nice having him out there on the field.”

Running back Steil Beagley raced in from 36 yards for another Saints touchdown before the first quarter was completed. A Devon Christie two-point conversion gave Vail Christian a 32-0 lead.

“We executed well, and we played well,” Pierson said.

Vail Christian didn’t waste any time adding to its advantage in the second quarter. Burgess intercepted a Rocky Mountain pass and took it 40 yards for the score. The interception was the fifth of the season for Burgess. Last week against Silver State, Burgess intercepted three passes and also scored two touchdowns.

“A.J. has developed a pretty good knack for the football and making plays,” Pierson said. “That’s a good thing. Chris Schmidt at safety does a good job, too. Those guys are a good tandem back there.”

The defensive unit took care of the rest for Vail Christian. The Saints first team defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown the last two weeks.

“The defense has been solid,” Pierson said. “Kieran Hurtt is good at nose, and Elliot Simon is good at linebacker. (Elliot) and Kieran stop the run, then we rally to the football pretty well.”

With the game well in hand, Pierson emptied his bench to let every player get in on the victory. Next week, Vail Christian (2-1) hosts Maranatha Christian on Friday night in Gypsum.

Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

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