JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
MARBLE FALLS — Two football teams searching for their first Division III, District 3 win of the season will converge Oct. 9.
Faith Academy of Marble Falls (0-6, 0-2) welcomes San Antonio St. Gerard (1-4, 0-1) to Pony Stadium, 1511 Pony Circle Drive in Marble Falls. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
The Royals’ only win was against San Antonio Lee 8-0 to begin the season.
Faith head coach Randy Denton said St. Gerard’s schemes are very similar to what the Flames have already faced this season.
Offensively, the Royals use a power-I formation as their primary run scheme.
“If you don’t break down and make the tackle, they’ll run through it,” Denton said. “They don’t have a lot of numbers, they don’t have a lot of subs. They play hard. It’s a deal where if we leave them in the game and we let them believe they can win, we’re going to have a tough time putting them away. So we’re going to try to get out and start fast and, hopefully, get out on them early.”
Defensively, the Royals use three linemen, three linebackers and five defensive backs. And Denton said he believes St. Gerard will play with maximum effort.
Still, it’s more about what the Flames do, he said. The team has continued to work on its schemes with the aim of improving the small things that are big in a game. The coach said they’ll mix in several plays at the beginning of the contest to see which is working. And then they’ll continue to call those plays until the Royals stop them.
As for Faith’s defense, Denton said he’s looking for more consistency.
The Flames enter the contest after a 47-0 loss to Shiner St. Paul on Oct. 2. Denton said he believes the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools district championship will be decided when St. Paul travels to play the Texas School for the Deaf on Oct. 11. Faith lost to TSD 26-14.
“With that being said, we didn’t play well, we weren’t ready to play, I take that on myself and the coaching staff,” he said. “The kids were probably a little intimidated when we got down there. Nothing against Shiner, they’re good, they have the chance to win a state championship this year. We just weren’t ready to play when we got there.”
Denton said the Flames’ tough schedule in the first few weeks of the season will help his players as they get ready for the final four games of the regular season.
“We … found it hard to get a rhythm,” he said. “When we got into district, we played the two best teams right off the bat. But bottom line is we still have a chance to make the playoffs, still have a chance to achieve one of goals.”