Vail Christian Saints football drops opener to Grand Valley Cardinals, 49-14
EDWARDS — Vail Christian football didn’t have the opener it envisioned on Friday night as Grand Valley took the win, 49-14, at Battle Mountain High School.
The game started well as the Saints drove down the field before a deflected pass turned into a pick-six the other way.
Nonetheless, the Saints tied it at 6 with quarterback Tom Engleby hooking up with Joseph Emmer for 54 yards.
Having recovered from a broken collarbone that sidelined him for most of the season, Engleby is still feeling his way into the starting quarterback role. He had some good moments like a passing line of 22-for-37 for 294 yards and two touchdowns. He also had some bad moments with five interceptions. His good passing numbers were the result of team play, as were the picks. If it’s any consolation, turnovers were rampant in Eagle County in Week 1.
The good news is that VMS seems to be building an offensive line. Michael Gorla, Roy Valenzuela, Micah Sharp, Davis Hermes and Jimmy Pavelich, along with Alex Hilty and Jonathan Daly seem to be addressing what was a weakness last year for the Saints.
Engleby to Jack Powers accounted for Vail Christian’s second score of the evening.
The Saints are home next week when they host Lake County at Battle Mountain.
In other Vail Christian action, the volleyball team fell at North Park. The Saints host West Grand on Friday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.