JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
BRYAN — When Faith Academy of Marble Falls head football coach Russ Roberts began piecing together the Flames’ 2013 preseason schedule, he wanted opponents that would force his players to get better physically and mentally.
During a scrimmage against Fort Bent Christian on Aug. 17, Roberts got what he wanted. The Flames were outscored 5-1.
“A lot of the mistakes we made are correctable,” Roberts said. “It gave us an opportunity to look at ourselves and find out what we’re made of.”
Roberts declined to be specific about what kind of miscues, simply adding: “When you play somebody that good, it has to be flawless.”
In their game last season, Fort Bend Christian beat Shiner St. Paul on the last. St. Paul went on to win the Division III state championship of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.
Faith’s only score during the scrimmage was a 5-yard power sweep run by senior running back Nathan Peacock. The play was set up by a 65-yard run from sophomore running back Jonathan Reyes.
“The second part of the scrimmage was better than the first,” Roberts said. “We got some good out of it.”
Faith’s last scrimmage is 9:30 a.m. Aug. 24 at Austin St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, 3500 Westlake Drive in Austin.