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Fumbles hurt Faith in 20-14 loss to Boerne Geneva

Faith Academy and Boerne Geneva football

A look at the Faith Academy offense against the Boerne Geneva defense as the two teams played Sept. 4. Photo by Paloma Ortiz

MARBLE FALLS — The Faith Academy of Marble Falls football team lost 20-14 to Boerne Geneva on Sept. 4 in its home opener.

The Flames (0-2) had a chance to win the game with a late drive, but a missed receiver on first down, a play that went for negative yardage on second down, a play that didn’t yield enough yards on third down and an incomplete pass on fourth down gave the ball back to Geneva (2-0).

Geneva then ran out the clock to preserve the win.

Faith head coach Randy Denton commended his athletes for improved play after a 48-0 loss to Austin St. Andrew’s a week earlier. Still, he noted that against Geneva, the Flames had six fumbles.

“Obviously, we killed ourselves,” he said. “That hurt because we laid the ball on the ground six times. We executed much better on the last drive. And we played better. We did a lot of good things. But it’s gut-wrenching to lay the ball down six times.”

The fumbles were a combination of different issues such as:

• quarterbacks running into ball carriers and not having the right amount of space, which popped the ball loose

• defenders hitting the ball to spring it loose

• bad exchanges

“It’s not one thing,” Denton said. “We have to learn to take care of the football.”

Overall, the coach said he could see the hard work of his players in practices evident in the way they competed against Geneva. After the loss to St. Andrew’s, Denton said the Flames had to find some plays they could do well. Following the setback to Geneva, the coach said the Flames now have plays they can do well. Therefore, it is now about attention to detail in each play to ensure it goes for positive yards, he said.

“We have to get better execution,” he said. “We have power run plays and options we did better (against Geneva). We picked up the pace and threw it more. There were a couple of things we did well.”

The Flames welcome San Antonio Holy Cross at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 to Pony Stadium, 1511 Pony Circle Drive in Marble Falls.