NEDERLAND — Aaron Jones had the Vail Christian game circled on his calendar.
After Saturday, he might want to forget the Saints ever marched into Nederland.
Vail Christian scored 46 points in the second quarter — the fifth most by one team in a single quarter in state history — got the running clock started at halftime and routed the Panthers 66-18.
“This is not what I envisioned to happen whatsoever. I knew they were good, they’ve won three conference championships in a row and won 10 games last year,” said Jones, whose team drops to 1-2 both overall and in the 8-man Central Conference.
“We knew we were going to have trouble with their grind you up-style, similar to a double wing in 11 man, where they are just trying to break your will. Our guys hung in there and they kept fighting.”
After a week of intense scouting and watching the Saints on film, Jones and his staff felt like they knew what the Saints were going to do better than they probably did.
Yet, on the opening play of the game, knowing that Vail Christian would likely throw the ball to senior Alex Davis over the top, they still got beat.
“What does he do?” Jones said, “He runs right by us.”
The Panthers were stout on defense in the early going and even shut down the Saints’ first drive in the red zone.
But on their first play on offense, the Panthers fumbled the ball away and Vail Christian took right back up where it had left off the possession before.
The second quarter will be something the Jones and his staff will just as soon forget. The Saints, behind their big and athletic front line, did whatever they wanted to do offensively.
Quarterback Logan Raitt ran for two scores, threw for two scores and even returned a Nederland kickoff back 87 yards for another.
“I felt like we were so prepared for this game,” Jones said. “And as the game played out it was like we didn’t even coach them this week.”
Nederland didn’t fold and had flashes of brilliance in the quarter that saw the game very quickly slipping away from them.
Quarterback Jaylan Rasdall connected with Jack Abendroth for a 42 yard touchdown and just before halftime he swung a ball out to Quin Kuechenmeister, who went 77 yard down the sideline for a score.
The 58 combined points by both teams in the second quarter was second only to the 71 put up in a 6-man game in 1989.
With the clock running late in the fourth quarter, Rasdall hit Abendroth in the back of the end zone for their second connection of the game.
“I think that we can win all of the games that are still in front of us,” said Jones, who reiterated to his team that they were 1-2 at this point last season before finishing with a winning record. “I’m just embarrassed that we had such a big crowd here to cheer us on and this is the performance that we had.”
Nederland will try and rebound next Saturday at home against 0-2 Pikes Peak Christian.
Vail Christian 66, Nederland 18
Vail Christian (2-0, 2-0)
Nederland (1-2, 1-2)
Vail Christian — Austin Davis 5 run (pass failed).
Vail Christian — Logan Raitt 2 run (David Caballero pass from Raitt).
Vail Christian — Davis 62 pass from Raitt (Caleb Chicoine run).
Vail Christian — Raitt 47 run (pass failed).
Nederland — Jack Abendroth 42 pass from Jaylan Rasdall (pass failed).
Vail Christian — Chicoine 65 run (Ethan Kuhns run).
Vail Christian — Davis 18 pass from Raitt (David run).
Nederland — Quin Kuechenmeister 77 pass from Rasdall (pass failed).
Vail Christian — Raitt 87 kickoff return (Davis pass from Raitt).
Vail Christian — Kuhns 5 run (Rick Cuny run).
Nederland — Abendroth 13 pass from Rasdall (run failed).
Vail Christian — Kedrick Kinsella 17 run (no attempt).
RUSHING — Vail Christian: Caleb Chicoine 11-115, Ethan Kuhns 11-54, Alex Davis 5-27, Logan Raitt 9-87, Jake Nowicki 3-10, Kedrick Kinsella 4-27, Kreek Cameron 1-23, Rick Cuny 1-4. Nederland: Jaylan Rasdall 9-(minus-24), Ken Shankey 8-7, Quin Kuechenmeister 2-25, Tucker Carr 2-1.
PASSING — Vail Christian: Raitt 3-5-0-111. Nederland: Rasdall 8-19-0-164.
RECEIVING — Vail Christian: Davis 3-111. Nederland: Jack Abendroth 4-72, Shankey 1-1, Michael 1-8, Kuechenmeister 2-83.