The Demons bounced back from their first loss of the season with a Tri-Peaks League Conference 34-7 win at St. Mary’s.
It was quite a showing by young talent for both teams at the Grace Center in Colorado Springs, the home stadium of the St. Mary’s Pirates. Freshman quarterback Caleb Pepper was solid in orchestrating the home team offense all night.
Freshman Jacob Phelps started the night big for the Demons with a 72-yard return of the opening kickoff. After receiving the kick near the 20 he started right and appeared to hand the ball to Tam Flowers.
The fake sprang Phelps down the right sideline all the way to the Pirate 8 before he was knocked out of bounds.
Three plays later, Terry Hirsch ran 8 yards around right end to score the first touchdown of the game. With 10:58 remaining in the first quarter, the Demons had a lead that they would not relinquish on their way to a 1-0 conference start.
St. Mary’s moved across midfield on its first drive but turned the ball over on downs when the Buena Vista defense got the stop on fourth-and-long.
The big reward for the defensive stop was a 67-yard pass play from Kik Molitor to Luke Reavis.
Molitor dropped back and unleashed the pass down the right sideline to the wide-open Reavis, who hit full speed and caught the ball in stride to outrun everyone to the end zone. Flowers kicked the ball through the uprights to put the Demons up 13-0 with time still left in the first quarter.
The teams spent most of the remainder of the first half exchanging possessions and often stopping themselves with miscues.
Buena Vista got the ball back one last time in the first half near midfield and used its last timeout with the ball at the 19. On the ensuing play, Molitor handed the ball to Caleb McFee, who ran untouched to paydirt to give the Demons a three-touchdown lead going to the locker room.
St. Mary’s was not ready to call it quits when they scored first in the second half. Pepper rolled right and threw back left to his leading receiver Evan Faber for a 27-yard scoring play at the 8:50 mark in the third.
The Demons answered just 20 seconds later when Phelps ran 52 yards down the left sideline to score. Another successful Flowers kick made the score 27-7.
The Pirates responded in kind, but Flowers had another idea when he intercepted Pepper’s pass attempt in the end zone.
Buena Vista added one more score with another long Phelps run of 44 yards with 6:20 remaining in the game. The extra point made the final 34-7.
Phelps’ big night included eight carries for 148 yards and two touchdowns. McFee was the workhorse in the middle and picked up 77 yards on 11 carries to keep the offense balanced. Hirsch had only three carries that covered 17 yards including one touchdown.
The Demons displayed a two-pronged approach amassing 133 yards through the air on four completions.
Tucker Storms turned one of those short catches into a 23-yard gain with some nifty footwork. On the defensive side he added an interception and a fumble recovery to give the Demons a couple of more offensive chances.
“It was good to get the first game in conference play. We like the way our players bounced back from the Centauri game,” said Demons coach Matt Flavin.
“We still need to work on doing our job and the details. That will be especially important this week against a good CSCS team.”
Buena Vista travels to Colorado Springs Christian School to play a Saturday evening contest this week. The game will kickoff at 7 p.m. at Mountain Lion Stadium on the campus of UCCS just off of North Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs.
The game originally scheduled for Friday was moved to Saturday, Oct. 12 because of a scheduling conflict for the field.