Valor Christian looks to continue amazing football season
This type of rapid rise is unheard of in prep sports, especially in football.
In only its second season competing at the varsity level, Valor Christian High School has become an elite Class 3A team in Colorado.
The Eagles are sporting a 9-0 record as they prepare to entertain D’Evelyn (8-1) in the Metro League championship game at 7 p.m. Friday at Valor’s football stadium on the school’s campus.
“As far as this week, we’re concerned with D’Evelyn,” Brent Vieselmeyer said. “They ‘re a very good football team and they’re still ranked in front of us in some polls.”
Valor and D’Evelyn are no strangers. The Eagles beat the Jaguars 14-13 Sept. 3, in the season-opening game for both squads.
“That was a great football game that we were fortunate enough to win,” Vieselmeyer said.
A year ago, playoffs were the last thing on Valor’s mind as the Eagles had a 4-6 record in their inaugural season.
“Things are a little bit different this year because we have seniors on the team for the first time,” Vieselmeyer said. “That has been the biggest change. Also, the guys really had a great offseason before this year. They were lifting weights and were just physically ready to play this season. We’re as big and as strong as all the teams we have played this year and that was not the case last year.”
Coaching playoff teams is nothing new to Vieselmeyer. He was the defensive coordinator at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange County, Calif., for nine seasons before coming to Valor Christian. Orange Lutheran is a perennial national powerhouse.
“I got to know some people who were involved with building Valor Christian when they came out and toured Orange Lutheran,” Vieselmeyer said. “I ended up getting the Valor Christian job and it has been a great experience. The school is really growing. There are about 550 kids in our school and it is a great academic school and it is great spiritually for the kids and I think that has had a lot to do with the success that we’ve had in football.”
Although each player on the Eagles’ team has helped contribute to Valor’s perfect record, Vieselmeyer did point out the play of sophomores Andrew Pint and Evan Mori. Pint and Mori play linebacker and free safety, respectively.
“Both have been outstanding, especially for sophomores,” Vieselmeyer said. “They’ve both really played big for us. We also only have two seniors up front (on the line) and the rest of the guys are sophomores. That’s something you usually don’t see and these younger guys have just played great.”
Offensively, junior quarterback Brock Berglund has been at the controls all season for the Eagles.
Following the game against D’Evelyn, Valor will begin to focus on the postseason.
“We would love to keep our momentum going into the playoffs,” Vieselmeyer said. “The team that executes better and has good team chemistry is usually the team that wins in the playoffs and that’s what we’re hoping to do.”
article updated on 11/3/09 16:08