No baby steps for young Valor Christian program
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colorado – So much for growing pains.
Valor Christian’s football program, in just its third year of existence and second season playing at the varsity level, is quickly evolving into a Class 3A powerhouse.
Sitting at 11-0 and with their first playoff win in the rear view, the Eagles have had little problem staying afloat in uncharted waters. They’re actually doing their best Michael Phelps impression and plowing right through them.
“We’re just getting started,” said Valor Christian head football coach Brent Vieselmeyer, who’s built a winning program from scratch. “We’re growing every day a little bit.”
Vieselmeyer’s Eagles took their licks in a rough introduction to 3A Metro League play last season, piecing together a 4-6 record.
Last year’s inaugural effort provided the bedrock for what’s proving to be a sterling sophomore campaign.
Vieselmeyer, who came to Valor Christian after spending nine seasons as an assistant at Orange Lutheran High School in football-rich Southern California, saw the team’s fortunes start to trend in the right direction last fall.
“I would definitely say it was the middle of last year’s season, sort of in the face of adversity,” said Vieselmeyer, whose team won three of its final five games in 2008. “We had a three-game losing skid and, watching our kids, they didn’t panic. They came and got to work every day. Probably since that point there’s been a very consistent work ethic from them.”
The next test for the upstart program: A home date with defending 3A state champ Glenwood Springs in Saturday’s state quarterfinals.
Led by junior quarterback Brock Berglund, who rushed for 224 yards and four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 45-13 first-round win over Canon City, the Eagles have leaned heavily on an option attack that’s yielding nearly 40 points a game.
Valor Christian’s defense, surrendering just under 11 points a game, is nothing to scoff at either.
“They’re probably the most talented team we’ve seen this year,” Glenwood Springs head coach Rocky Whitworth said. “They’ve got just a real top-notch program developing.”
A program that, like the 3-year-old school, is still very much in its infancy.
“I remember when I first got here, a little cement had been laid and the school was pretty much a bunch of big holes in the ground,” Vieselmeyer said. “It’s been one of the most fulfilling things I’ve been a part of. I’m blessed to be here.”
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