Vail Christian crushes Gilpin County 58-0
Vail, CO Colorado
GYPSUM, Colorado ” Vail Christian pulled off a rare trifecta Friday night. The Saints scored a touchdown on offense, defense and special teams.
In fact, junior Ryan Barry accomplished the feat all by himself.
Vail Christian (4-1) blitzed Gilpin County 58-0 at Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum. An aggressive Saints defense forced nine turnovers, and allowed only 18 yards of total offense. The results weren’t pretty for the Eagles, as the game was essentially over in the first quarter.
“We wanted to come out and work on some execution stuff with our first team,” Vail Christian coach Tim Pierson said. “We executed pretty well. We have some room for improvement, but we are getting better.”
The Saints’ first-team offense almost didn’t need to wash its uniforms after an impressive showing. By the time Barry raced across the goal-line after a blocked punt, Vail Christian led 30-0 with 4:22 still showing on the first quarter clock.
That’s when quarterback Larry Cavanaugh called it a night, but not before a few highlights of his own. On the Saints’ first offensive play, Cavanaugh threw a rainbow to Chris Schmidt for a 39-yard gain. The two connected again on the next play, this time with Cavanaugh hitting Schmidt on a slant route for an 11-yard touchdown.
“We had a pretty deep pass to Chris, that was pretty sweet,” Cavanaugh said. “We haven’t gotten him the ball much, but I’m glad to throw it to him because he is a great receiver.
“We keep working on (the passing game) in practice. We are getting our timing down and everything. It’s showing in the game. Our passing is a lot better.”
Cavanaugh finished the game 4-of-6 passing for 67 yards and a touchdown. Schmidt accounted for 49 yards receiving and the TD.
“This is the time of year where we need to be getting the ball to our skill positions,” Pierson said. “Chris (Schmidt) is probably the best receiver in the league. We need to get him the ball.”
It didn’t take long for the Saints to get back on the scoreboard. Steil Beagley quickly cashed in two Gilpin County (0-5) turnovers for touchdowns. On the second run, Beagley went nearly untouched up the middle for a 17-yard TD to give Vail Christian a 22-0 advantage.
Defense slams Gilpin County
Playing with a hefty lead for nearly the entire game, the Vail Christian defense dominated the Eagles. Barry recorded his second touchdown of the night when he picked up a Gilpin County fumble and raced 30 yards for the touchdown.
The score pushed the Saints to a 38-0 halftime lead.
“It was nice, running down the field, getting the touchdown,” Barry said. “It felt good.”
It took Vail Christian all of two minutes to score another TD after the break. After forcing a three-and-out, Dan Schramm blocked an Eagles punt. The ball bounced into the end zone where Kieran Hurtt scooped it up for the easy score. Hurtt also picked off a pass Friday, his third interception in the last two games.
Hurtt’s touchdown stretched Vail Christian’s lead to 44-0, and meant the clock ran continuously for the remainder of the second half. The Saints still managed to score two more touchdowns, even with the accelerated pace of play.
Guy Garth made it 50-0 when he rushed in from 17 yards out in the third quarter. Later, Barry punctuated his night by catching a 14-yard touchdown pass from backup QB Jacob White.
“It’s a good feeling when you get everyone in the game, and they execute well,” Pierson said.
Vail Christian is on the road next week when it travels to Justice for a Saturday afternoon contest.
Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at email@example.com or at 748-2935.
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