JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
MARBLE FALLS — The Faith Academy of Marble Falls football team lost 24-19 to San Antonio St. Anthony on Sept. 18.
Flames senior Jonathan Reyes scored all three touchdowns:
• an 87-yard kickoff return after St. Anthony scored the game’s first touchdown;
• a 25-yard fumble return for a score;
• a three-yard run.
“Jonathan plays hard,” Faith head coach Randy Denton said. “He’s the kicker and makes the tackle. He makes every tackle. I told our guys that when we watch film to watch themselves, watch Jonathan. I wish I had nine more of him.”
As for the rest of the contest, St. Anthony meticulously built a 17-6 advantage by the half.
The Flames (0-4) scored the only points in the third quarter to trim the deficit to 17-12 headed into the final quarter.
But the area that has haunted the team continued.
“Execution,” Denton said.
He pointed out missed blocks, sacks and fumbles as miscues that kill drives.
He recalled on nice drive that was going well. The Flames were nearing the opponent’s 20-yard line.
But a missed assignment, a sack and a ball on the ground killed the drive, Denton said.
“They have no idea how one missed block or one dropped kick can change the whole game,” he said.
But that’s part of the learning process of a team that’s still developing chemistry, still learning how to play a position and understanding that what looks like an insignificant part of a play can be huge to the scoreboard, he added.
Faith welcomes Texas School for the Deaf at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 to Pony Stadium, 1511 Pony Circle Drive in Marble Falls, in the Division III District 3 opener for both teams.