Vail Christian football lands three on all-league
Editor’s note: Fear not, 3A football fans. We have not forgotten about Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley postseason wards. By league rule, such selections can’t be printed until all conference teams’ seasons are finished. Glenwood Springs plays in the state quarterfinals today.
EDWARDS – Now if we could just get Vail Christian quarterback Austin Ellsworth to skate, we’d really have something.
Vail Christian put three players on the Central League’s honor roll, including sophomore play-caller Ellsworth, who put up a record year. Yep, your new single-season passing leader at Vail Christian is Ellsworth after he completed 100-of-192 passes for 1,600 yards.
That easily knocked off P.J. Bevan, Class of 2004, who led the Saints to their greatest season on the gridiron in 2003 with a 9-1 record, a Central League title and a berth in the state’s Elite Eight in the playoffs. Bevan passed for a little more than 1,000 yards that year.
We insert the following caveats here. The Saints passed a lot this year, much more than their counterparts of 2003. Bevan also rarely got to finish a football game in his senior year because Vail Christian blew the doors off most of its opponents.
But still when you break a record held by one of the school’s best all-around athletes – Bevan also captained Battle Mountain hockey for three years and remains one of the program’s best blueliners – and do so as a sophomore, that’s saying something.
“Austin is a student of the game,” Saints coach Tim Pierson said. “Despite being only a sophomore, he has shown not only great ability, but also leadership on and off the field.”
Ellsworth completed more than 50 percent of his passes and had more touchdowns (21) than interceptions (16). Bevan’s still got him there with a sparkling ratio of 23-3.
Nonetheless, Ellsworth will not be suiting up for Battle Mountain hockey because Vail Christian basketball coach Sheldon Kuhns would run Ellsworth, who plays guard for the Saints in the winter, over with a Zamboni.
Teller Emmer joins Ellsworth from the Saints’ backfield. The running back was double threat, rushing and catching. Emmer sported an impressive average of 7.2 yards per carry and had four rushing scores. He also had 29 catches for 587 yards and nine more trips to the end zone.
“This was Teller’s second year of playing football his entire life,” Emmer said. “Every game he played over those two years he grew as a player. He developed a love for the game of football and played the game the way it is meant to be played. We will miss him next year.”
Coming back next year is two-way lineman Sean Ryan, who finished his junior season.
“Sean is consistent,” Pierson said. “When you run your offense from a shotgun formation, he could consistently get the ball to the quarterback while stepping and getting his block. That’s a good football player. Sean was the leader of our offensive and defensive fronts.”
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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