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Vail Christian football falls in quarterfinals

Dayspring beats Saints, 38-28

Chris Cappel and Vail Christian football finish the season at 10-1 with a 38-28 loss to Dayspring Christian.
Chris Dillmann | Daily file photo

It was a game.

It didn’t end well because it rarely does — only seven teams win state titles out of hundreds of Colorado football teams that start the season.

But it was a game.

Dayspring Christian ended Vail Christian’s season, defeating the Saints, 38-28, during Saturday’s state quarterfinals in Greeley.

Vail Christian finished the year with a spectacular 10-1 record.

Dayspring Christian (10-1) advances to face Plains Conference foe Sedgwick County (11-0) next week. The Eagles’ only blemish on the season was a 56-16 loss to Sedgwick in October.

Vail Christian led 16-0 during the first quarter and trailed just 30-28, going into the fourth quarter. This is significant because teams from Plains, the best league in Colorado 8-man football, have thoroughly dominated the Saints in the postseason.

Teams like Merino, Haxtun, and Caliche and yes, Dayspring beat the hooey out of Vail Christian in past years. Before Saturday, the Saints had lost seven times to Plains teams by a combined count of 276-51.

So while painful now, there is merit to very competitive showing.

Jamison Lee hit Chris Cappel for a 12-yard scoring strike. Cappel latter took it himself for a 16-0 lead.

A Micah Sharpe score pulled the Saints within 30-28 during the third quarter.

On the other side of the ball, Vinny Nowicki and  Andrew Flynn both had interceptions. Hayden Sticksel and Ryan Downey each came up with onside kicks.

“It’s a tough way to end a good season,” Saints coach Tim Pierson said. “The guys played with a lot of heart and it’s a great bunch of seniors.”

In other 8-man action, Sedgwick County drilled Merino, 54-0. Fowler defeated Mancos, 34-28, and will face Pikes Peak Christian, which upset No. 2 Sanford, 28-6.