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JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER

MARBLE FALLS — The Faith Academy of Marble Falls football team will have a new starting quarterback when the Flames welcome San Antonio St. Gerard.

The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Pony Stadium, 1511 Pony Circle Drive.

Junior Garrett Henderson will operate the Flames’ spread offense after he took over in the second half of the 25-13 loss to Texas Military Institute on Sept. 9.

Head coach Stephen Shipley began working with Henderson during the spring after the youngster expressed interest in learning more about the position.

“Garrett is athletic; he can play all sports,” Shipley said. “He has a strong arm, and he can run. He has the physical qualities; he just didn’t have the confidence in himself.”

That changed when Henderson led the team on two scoring drives in the contest against TMI: a 15-yard scamper and a 15-yard pass to senior Gage Blair. By the end of the game, Henderson ran for 100 yards and threw for about 80 more.

“He gives us the ability to run and throw, which you always love to have as a coach,” Shipley said. “(Senior quarterback) Brayden McBryde is more of a pocket passer.”

The Flames (0-2, Division III District 3 of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) have installed plays geared toward Henderson’s strengths such as moving out of the pocket and allowing him to set his feet to throw or run. And since the blocking scheme remains the same, Shipley said the offensive linemen don’t have to change what they’re doing.

As for St. Gerard (1-2, Division III, District 5 in TAPPS), Shipley said the Flames are bracing to defend a Slot-T offense led by freshman quarterback Ricky Mesquiti, junior running back Jonathan Garcia, and senior receiver Vincent Arciniega.

One advantage for both teams is they scrimmaged against each other in August. And since the two teams played during the 2015 season, Shipley said the Flames have plenty of film.

“They have big guys up front,” he said. “Their offense has a lot of misdirection that’s similar to Liberty Hill’s. We have to come out and run and be prepared. The quarterback is big, the running backs are big. They have good size. We’ll have to hit them with our speed.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com