Faith Academy can make playoffs with Friday night win

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO

The math is simple for the Faith Academy of Marble Falls football team. Win one of the last two games and qualify for the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools’ six-man playoffs.

The Flames’ first chance is a road date with Hill Country Christian School of Austin, which has a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday, Nov. 2, at Round Rock Westwood High School, 12400 Mellow Meadow Drive in Austin.

The Knights (2-6 overall, 1-2 Division I, District 2) are led by freshman Zach Pryor, who has 1,493 yards and 23 touchdowns on 161 carries and has completed 27 of 54 passes for 276 yards, four touchdowns, and four interceptions. He operates out of a spread offense designed to run first.

“Their spread back is an outstanding freshman,” Faith head coach Jeremy Wentrcek said. “They’ll have two or three options, and they’ll respond accordingly. Most of his yards and points are off his feet.”

Defensively, the Knights are led by junior Evan Read, who has 57 tackles, four sacks, and one interception, and junior Hayden Jackson, who has 49 tackles, a sack, and four fumble recoveries.

Wentrcek noted Hill Country will bring two or three rushers, but they will come from different parts of the field in an effort to confuse the Flames (2-6, 1-2).

Faith will counter with junior Travis Hughes, who completed 23 of 26 passes for 196 yards and five touchdowns during the Flames’ 58-20 victory over Round Rock Concordia on Oct. 19.

“We have become very confident throwing the ball,” Wentrcek said. “At the beginning of the season, we were a run-first team. Our strength is throwing and catching. We feel like our matchup is good.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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