Big plays fuel Valor rout of Heritage

Daniel P. Johnson
Posted 9/20/12

HIGHLANDS RANCH — Valor Christian won its first Class 5A football game on Sept. 14. It surely won’t be its last. The Eagles, buoyed by a barrage …

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Big plays fuel Valor rout of Heritage


HIGHLANDS RANCH — Valor Christian won its first Class 5A football game on Sept. 14.

It surely won’t be its last.

The Eagles, buoyed by a barrage of big plays, topped Heritage in a 5A non-league tilt 42-0 at Valor Christian School. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Valor, which now stands at 1-2 on the season.

“No doubt about it,” said Valor Christian coach Brent Vieselmeyer when asked if it felt good to pick up a win. “We played hard the first two weeks and just came up a little bit short. We used the week off (Valor had a bye last week) to clean up some mistakes and the guys were really ready to go.”


On just its second offensive play, Valor found the end zone as quarterback Luke Del Rio — playing with a broken left arm — fired a rope downfield to wideout Marcus Wilson, who caught the ball in stride and raced into the end zone for a 51-yard score.

“That’s a play we worked on all week in practice,” said Wilson, who later scored on a 36-yard reverse as the Eagles put up 28 points in the first quarter. “It felt good to be able to go out and hit that early in the game like we did.”

Cameron Gray had a pair of touchdown runs for Valor; one a nifty 63-yard run in which the senior weaved his way through the Heritage defense and took advantage of some great downfield blocking to score. The other was on the final play of the first half; Gray took a quick pitch from Christian McCaffrey (who also had two touchdowns on the night) and once again used his quick feet to allude the defense and raced 50 yards into the end zone to put Valor up 42-0 at halftime.

Gray finished with 135 yards on just three carries. McCaffrey scored on his lone carry of the game, a 51-yard scamper, and also caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Del Rio. The senior quarterback was 14-of-21 passing for 173 yards and two touchdowns.

“We’re fine,” said Heritage coach Mike Griebel, whose 1-2 team hosts Doherty at 1 p.m. on Sept. 22 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium in the Eagles’ 5A Pioneer League opener.

“The kids played hard. We wanted to come out in the first three-four minutes and really shock (Valor), but it didn’t work out that way.

“We’ll learn from our mistakes and move on. It’s all about the Pioneer League for us now. We’ll have no hangover from this (loss) and we’ll be ready to go against Doherty.”

Bryan Carlson led Heritage in rushing with 33 yards on 13 carries.

Valor Christian 42, Heritage 0

Heritage 0 0 0 0 - 0

Valor Christian 28 14 0 0 - 42

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

V-Marcus Wilson 51-yard pass from Luke Del Rio (Brandon Spencer PAT), 9:44

V-Cameron Gray 63-yard run (Spencer PAT), 6:55

V-Wilson 36-yard run (Spencer PAT), 4:40

V-Christian McCaffrey 51-yard run (Spencer PAT), 2:07

Second Quarter

V-McCaffrey 14-yard pass from Del Rio (Spencer PAT), 10:36

V-Gray 50-yard run (Spencer PAT), :00

Individual Stats

Rushing: Heritage: Bryan Carlson 13-33, Bravion Haynes 9-15, Tyler Sodia 2-11. Valor: AJ Cecil 5-6, Maverick Reed 1-4, Daryl Hawkins 4-26, Justin Falls 11-89, Marcus Wilson 1-36, Vincent Vasquez 6-29, Christian McCaffrey 1-51, Cameron Gray 3-135. Passing: Heritage: Carlson 1-3-20-0-0, Novak 2-7-11-0-0. Valor: Cecil 1-1-11-0-0. Luke Del Rio 14-21-173-2-0. Receiving: Heritage: Aaron Cook 2-24, Morgan Lovett 1-7. Valor: Marcus Wilson 2-68, Chaz Polson 2-16, Christian McCaffrey 6-48, Alex Ulmer 3-40, Clarke Cooper 1-13.


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