JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
GEORGETOWN — Even a 24-10 loss during the Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-Star Football game didn’t take away all the positives from the week of June 7-10 for members of the gold team.
That squad included Marble Falls High School head coach Matt Green as the offensive coordinator, Marble Falls graduates Jacob Metcalf at receiver and Alex Roman at defensive lineman, Burnet graduate Austin Moore at quarterback and Llano graduate Colton Center at left tackle.
Llano graduate Wyatt Baumann, a linebacker, was part of the winning Blue team.
And though the focal point for the fans who came to the contest was the game itself, all associated with the event said they experienced some positives during the devotionals, practices and staying with host families that impacted their lives.
Metcalf and Roman said before they chose to be part of the game, they were friendly with the other Highland Lakes athletes; now they are friends.
“It’s about coming together and growing as a family,” Roman said. “I love every single one. I’m glad I came. I got close to God.”
“In the end, we’re family,” Metcalf said. “We’re all brothers in Christ and lifelong friends. It’s something I’ll never forget.”
Baumann felt the same way.
“I learned the true meaning of team,” he said. “I came here not knowing everybody and got to know everybody.”
Center addressed his teammates after the contest.
“It was a big honor to play and know the kind of people you are and the players you are,” he said. “It’s a huge honor. Thank you.”
Moore’s teammates thought so much of him that they named him one of two recipients of the Most Christ-Like Award “because all week long, he was seen loving his teammates as Jesus calls us to do,” said Steve Vittorini, Austin FCA assistant area director.
“I don’t think I could ask for a better close to my high school career,” Moore said. “We all realize we love football and we love Jesus Christ. He’s the reason we need to be out here and want to be out here.”
Coaches committed to the event after the first of the year. As summer approached and with the tasks of being the athletic director such as replacing coaches who resigned along with coaching spring football for the Mustangs, Green said he was feeling rundown and tired.
But by Day 2, Green said he felt energized and enthusiastic. And he credited FCA staff members, coaches, speakers and players for picking him up. In addition to getting to know the players, Green said he grew closer to the coaches, too.
“I’m proud of these kids in Marble Falls,” he said. “Austin is a winner; he showed his true colors. I know Colton because of where I live. They all played like champs.”