Faith Academy football team rolls to another big win, remains undefeated


SAN ANTONIO — About the only thing that went wrong for the Faith Academy football team in its 31-0 win against San Antonio Hawkins on Oct. 24 was a fumble on the first offensive play of the game.

But junior Royale Brown made up for it on the Flames’ second play, taking the handoff 61 yards for a touchdown 58 seconds into the contest.

It was that kind of the night for the Flames (9-0, 2-0) as they won their ninth consecutive and 19th regular season game. The Flames are 20-1 since becoming an 11-man team in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools to start the 2012 season.

“This is a big game because of where we placed it (on the schedule),” head coach Russ Roberts said. “We’ve won a lot of games. This isn’t for me; this is for Faith. We’re a little bitty private school that not everybody knows about. We’re going to have a chance to talk about this and enjoy it long after these kids graduate. They’ll talk about it at their 40th reunion.”

Senior spinner Austin Ellis completed Faith’s next drive with a one-yard scamper for a touchdown. Sophomore kicker Jonanthan Reyes added the extra point to make the score 14-0.

Brown added another touchdown, this one from two yards out, midway through the second quarter.

Reyes kicked a 32-yard field goal to end the first half for a 24-0 advantage.

Roberts said the Flames have a valuable weapon in Reyes.

“I wanted to start letting people see it,” he said. “He’s a great kicker, does a super job.”

Sophomore Gavin Henderson hit paydirt from two yards out for Faith’s final touchdown of the game.

Brown finished with 111 rushing yards — 96 yards in the first half — and two touchdowns on 11 carries.

Freshman Dalton Mayberry had 14 rushes for 114 yards.

Defensively, the Flames held the Wolfpack to minus-four yards of total offense in the first half.

Faith hosts Temple Central in a district game Nov. 1. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Pony Stadium on the Marble Falls Middle School campus, 1511 Pony Circle in Marble Falls.