Vail Christian finishes a perfect 8-0
EAGLE-VAIL – After Vail Christian’s 70-6 win over Gilpin County Saturday, Saints coach Bob Isbell needed two things – a small piece of tape from Dr. Bill Bevan and senior Robbie Brgoch’s No. 80 jersey.
Isbell stuck the piece of tape between the “8” and the “0,” and waved it to his team during the Saints’ postgame, locker-room celebration.
Yes, the Vail Christian Saints, already the Central League champions, finished the season Saturday with a perfect 8-0 record.
“It’s exciting,” Isbell said. “When our guys were on the other end of that, we just kept talking about hanging in there. It’s going to pay off. We saw it last year, when we had our first winning record. Then, for them to be undefeated, it’s a great indicator of how much work they put into this, how talented they are. They deserve all of of this.”
“It feels great. We’ve been waiting for it for four years now,” senior receiver Matt Seatvet said. “It’s a good goal we reached. It was tough to keep going and to keep pushing on. But, we always did it and we always encouraged each other. We feel for those guys on the other side of the ball, but we’ve got to keep going hard to make ourselves better.”
Saturday’s game was pretty much over before it began. The Saints scored on their first play on a 29-yard run by quarterback P.J. Bevan. Brgoch converted – 8-0, Saints.
Two plays into Gilpin’s first possession, Andreas Bauer, who is doubtless hated by all the quarterbacks in the Central League, except for Bevan, sacked Jared Kennedy for the safety. Next Saints’ possession – Bevan to Kyle Morris for 23 yards and six. Jonathan Armstead to Jordan Foster was good for the conversion.
After the Eagles went three-and-out, Rex Roberts returned the punt 35 yards to the house and the Saints were up, 24-0.
Already, the subs were in and the the big guys were betting the ball. John McGee rambled 30 yards for a TD and Stephen Shainholtz picked up the conversion.
With 5:37 left in the second, Bevan found Seatvet on a 27-yard strike, and Bauer got the conversion. For those not using a calculator, the Saints led 40-0.
Gilpin’s Troy Steadman broke a 52-yarder for the Eagles’ only score, which was cheered loudly by the Vail Christian faithful. The Saints fans cheered even louder when Bjorn Bauer returned the ensuing kickoff 58 yards for a touchdown. Richard Butters converted for a 48-6 halftime lead.
Andreas Bauer recorded his second safety of the game to start the second half. After the free kick, Bevan to Roberts for 32 yards made it 56-6.
With the running clock mercifully in effect, Armstead rumbled 48 yards for another Saints’ touchdown. Armstead wasn’t done there. He had a 54-yard touchdown pass to James Graef in the fourth quarter.
Bjorn Bauer concluded the scoring with a 38-yard run. Matt Heelan got the conversion. All the young Saints’ players got high marks from the seniors.
“The young guys are definitely starting to mature,” Roberts said. “The last few games, they’ve made some huge advances in blocking and tackling and being a physical football team. They should be good in the next few years.”
As for this year, the Saints won’t find out their first-round playoff opponent until Monday, Oct. 20. The Central League champs will be playing a wild-card entry at home on Saturday, Oct. 25.
The critical test for the Saints will be to raise their level of play against a quality playoff opponent after beating up on some weak teams the last few weeks.
“I think we’re OK,” Isbell said. “Our seniors understand that they’ve got tough games ahead of them. They’re actually looking forward to it. They’re really frothing at the mouth. I think we’ll be in great shape if they work hard in workouts. They know what they have to do in workouts to get better.”
And, Bob, you might consider ordering a jersey with the number, “90” on it for the playoffs.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.