STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO
BURNET — Faith Academy of Marble Falls football fielded its first six-man team in seven years Aug. 17 during a scrimmage, and the Flames coaching staff thought the squad performed well.
The Flames faced Giddings State School.
Head coach Jeremy Wentrcek said coaches anticipated seeing areas needing improvement but emphasized the Flames showed the most important elements for the sport: a grasp of the playbook and schemes as well as a desire to improve.
Many of the Giddings players had natural speed, which challenged Faith. At one point, Giddings had the ball on a fourth-and-one situation, and Faith decided to blitz. The Flames had everyone covered but the center, who is an eligible man in six-man football. He caught the ball, and Giddings converted.
Wentrcek took responsibility for the play call and noted the players simply need to be reminded about alignment.
“We want them in the right spots,” the coach said. “It’s about what we’d expect this time of year.”
Giddings scored three times but didn’t allow the Flames to score, though Faith came close.
Offensively, Faith moved the ball well, especially in the passing game. Quarterbacks were able to effectively use the play-action pass and their fundamentals were spot-on.
Overall, Wentrcek was happy with how the Flames possessed the ball. The goal now is to finish more drives with points.
“We have a long way to go, but they’re responding,” he said. “We wanted to make sure our running game was established and we could move the ball. The first group, they were able to move the ball.”
The Flames had quality offensive repetitions, and the defense had multiple players rotating in various positions.
“In six man, the defensive philosophy is definitely bend, don’t break,” Wentrcek said.
Faith is playing in a four-team scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 25, at Fredericksburg Heritage, 310 Smokehouse Drive in Fredericksburg. It begins at 10 a.m. Other teams are San Antonio FEAST and Bulverde Bracken.