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Flames start ‘new’ season with district opener against Bryan St. Joseph

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO

The Faith Academy of Marble Falls football team will rely heavily on sophomore running back Eli Oliver as the Flames begin Division III, District 4 play against Bryan St. Joseph Catholic School. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

The Faith Academy of Marble Falls football team will rely heavily on sophomore running back Eli Oliver as the Flames begin Division III, District 4 play against Bryan St. Joseph Catholic School. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

MARBLE FALLS — The best part of starting district play for the Faith Academy of Marble Falls football team?

Everybody is 0-0.

The second best part?

The Flames (0-5) are hosting a Division III District 4 opponent, Bryan’s St. Joseph Catholic School, that has a small roster as well. St. Joseph fields 18 players; Faith has 14.

“It’s still the Fabulous 14,” Faith head coach Pete Rhoades said. “The kids love that. The kids believe they have as good a chance as any district opponent to make the playoffs as anyone else.”

Both teams compete in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.

Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Pony Stadium, 1511 Pony Circle Drive in Marble Falls.

The Eagles (0-5) use spread offense concepts but rely on the running game to move the ball.

“They don’t throw the ball downfield,” Rhoades said.

On defense, St. Joseph has four linemen, two linebackers, and five defensive backs.

Rhoades said the matchup between the Flames’ offensive line and the Eagles’ defensive line will be one to watch.

“We have a few twists we’ve saved for district,” he said.

Offensively, Faith’s goal is to get sophomore running back Eli Oliver going early, Rhoades said, noting great running backs need solid offensive lines to accomplish that goal.

“It’s been great,” Rhoades said. “The kids have bought in. They realize Eli has definitely stepped up, and it’s going to be fun to watch.”

He also believes senior receiver Cab Booth and senior running back Garrett Henderson also have opportunities to have big nights.

“They’ve been awesome,” Rhoades said. “(This offense is) going to be fun for the kids. I’m looking forward to a making a run in district play and making the playoffs.”

The Flames enter the contest after enjoying a bye last week, which Rhoades said was great for the team.

“We were beat up a little bit, and it gave us time to heal up,” he said. “We basically regrouped, and it got us through the pre-district.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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