Vail Christian makes it 9-0
KREMMLING — Ladies and gentlemen, we present the first Vail Christian football team to finish the regular season with a 9-0 mark.
The Saints made it so with a 54-6 stomping of West Grand in Kremmling on Friday night. The 2003 edition of Vail Christian went 8-0 in the regular season at a time when 8-man football regular seasons were only eight games.
Next up is trying to do what P.J. Bevan, Robbie Brgoch and Kyle Bruntz and company did 11 years ago — win a playoff game.
But first the particulars of win No. 9.
Sug Ellsworth? He ran a lot — 14 carries for 225 yards and three scores. Mike Lange also ran a lot. He had two scores. Clayton Davis ran a lot. He had a kickoff return for a touchdown. Max Schramm also had a score.
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The Saints had 324 yards of rushing, which generally will do it.
Today is seeding day, and with that, we enter the editorial portion of the article.
Vail Christian won the Central and is guaranteed to play Round 1 on Saturday at home (Eagle Valley or Battle Mountain is to be determined). Again, having a team from the Western Slope or Mountain leagues come to Eagle County to face the Saints makes the most geographic sense.
Norwood won the Slope and Sangre de Cristo the Mountain. They can’t play the Saints in Round 1 as they are also guaranteed home games. The second-place team in the Mountain is Sargent (5-4 overall and 5-1 in league). All of the Farmers’ nonconference losses are good ones (Springfield, Caliche and Norwood), so the Farmers are likely in. The Saints probably wouldn’t mind a rematch of last year’s playoff game down in Monte Vista.
Dove Creek finished third in the Mountain, but is under .500, so it probably doesn’t make the playoffs. Sanford was fourth in the league, but 5-4 overall, a long shot.
Soroco won on Friday night to get to 5-4 and a second-place finish in the Slope. According to The Steamboat Today, the Rams think they’re on the bubble.
If we were wagering (which, of course, is strictly prohibited, and we would never do such a thing), Soroco makes the playoffs as No. 16 and gets to go to the eastern plains, while Sargent comes here. Your mileage may vary.
The bracket comes out on chsaa.org today.
Saints fall at districts
The good news is that Vail Christian volleyball won its first match at the District 5 Tournament on Friday.
The bad news is that it took five sets to beat Rangeley. That left the Saints drained and they fell to Meeker in three later on Friday and were eliminated from the tournament.
Nonetheless, the Saints (15-6) had a very good season in their return to 2A play.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.