Vail Christian smothers Pikes Peak, 48-0
Vail Christian football
Eagles 0 0 0 0 — 0
Saints 24 8 8 8 — 48
V – Mike Lange to Sug Ellsworth, 5 pass, pass good, 8:53
V – Ellsworth, 10 run, pass good, 4:53
V – Ellsworth 13 run, pass good, 0:51
V – Lange to Clayton Davis, 7 pass, run good, 7:45
V – Ellsworth, 8 run, 8:20
V – Alex Davis, 36 run, run good, 8:38
GYPSUM — This week’s edition of Vail Christian football is brought to you by the letter “S” and the Nos. 0 and 2.
The Saints are infinitely more competent at football than Big Bird as they showed Pikes Peak Christian by a count of 48-0 to clinch their second-straight Central League title on Saturday down in Gypsum.
Zero’s significant because it was the Vail Christian’s fourth consecutive shutout. S is quite relevant because all six touchdowns were scored by people with that letter in their name.
To continue the motif, Sara Coulter was the Homecoming queen. The king was quarterback Mike Lange, who for some reason does not have an S in name. (Get to work on that kid.)
Just as an FYI, we’re trying to make this article educational for Vail Christian’s younger readers like Brady Ellsworth, 7, Carly Pierson, 4, and Lief Pierson, 1.
“Man, it’s great. Homecoming, there’s an adrenaline rush,” senior Max Schramm said. “We’ve worked hard the past week to get ready for this game, and it’s just great winning back-to-back league championships.”
Is the Central League the SEC? No. But no Saints teams have repeated in the 12 years of this league, so good on these gents.
“It’s really good to be one of the stronger teams that’s gone through Vail Christian,” senior Clayton Davis said. “Hopefully, we can keep it going and build on the legacy.”
Give the ball to Sug
Football is very complex, but sometimes very simple. In the case of the latter, give it to Brady Ellsworth’s older brother Sug, and just let the guy run behind a line that’s blowing open holes.
The Saints needed all of three plays on their first drive of the day — two Ellsworth runs and a 5-yard pass from Lange to Ellsworth for six.
Ellsworth did most of the work on drive No. 2, capped by his 10-yarder. The senior went over 1,000 yards for the season on Saturday. Third possession? Hey, look it’s Ellsworth in the end zone again.
“The line’s great. They have been since Day 1 in practice,” Schramm said. “They know what they’re doing. They blow the defensive line backward every game.”
The defense inserted itself into the game nicely as Davis (Clayton, we’re keeping track) leveled the Eagles kickoff returner and Danny Caballero jumped on the fumble.
Lange to Davis (Clay) made it 32-0 at the half. (Kudos to math teacher and girls basketball coach Doug Bruce for calling that one from the press box.)
Ellsworth got his fourth TD of the game in the third, and Alex Davis bootlegged magnificently for 36 yards to the house in the fourth. (Jeremy Lowe wanted to see the bootleg, and so Vail Christian’s head of school was happy. Seriously though, head coach Tim Pierson and offensive coordinator Todd Ellsworth are calling the plays, despite the opinions of the peanut gallery in the booth.)
West Grand and playoffs
The Saints (8-0 overall and 7-0 in the Central) earned the playoff berth that comes with the league title. Regardless of what seed Vail Christian gets, the Saints will be home for the first round of the state playoffs.
But first, the regular season ends on Friday at West Grand, and the Saints want to put a bow on this stage of the season.
Carly Pierson summed up the game by saying, “Good.”
“It went well,” Dad said. “I’m happy with how we executed right off the bat. We had a good first-quarter effort, drove the ball well in the second quarter and had some turnovers in the red zone. We’re working to get better on some plays. The young guys finished out.”
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