Flames stand up to run game in the end
September 27, 2013, 11:25 pm by Mark Goodson
The Faith Academy Flames survived their toughest test of the season Friday night and came away with a 28-21 win over previously unbeaten John Paul II of Schertz at Converse Judson’s Junior High Field.
The Flames (5-0) put up a solid effort against a run-oriented team and were able to stave off the John Paul II team.
Faith Academy was able to take a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter and were ahead 28-14 at halftime, but the Flames were unable to muster any second half points.
"It was two undefeated teams going at it and nobody wanted to give up,’’ Faith Academy coach Russell Roberts said. "They don’t waste many plays, they run its for three, three and then eight and move the football. They didn’t throw much and we were able to either sack them or force incomplete passes. But they ran it.’’
Faith Academy got its points from its usual steady hands in Austin Ellis, Royale Brown and Asa Oritz.
John Paul II (4-1) converted an onside kick to open the second half and drove down inside the 20 before Faith Academy’s defense held on.
"We just kind of stood there and watched,’’ Roberts said. "When things like that happen and you survive it, you learn from it. I think we learned some things tonight.’’
In the end, the Flames defense was able to withstand the power sweep and won its’ closest contest of the season.
The Flames play St. Gerards next week at Marble Falls.
For complete coverage please read Tuesday's Highlander.
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