STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO
A close six-man football game September 20 between Faith Academy of Marble Falls and Cherokee High School was blown open in the fourth quarter.
The Flames of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools outscored the Indians 22-0 that quarter to roll to a 60-42 victory.
“It was a character-building moment,” Faith head coach Stephen Shipley said. “We scored and had a 6-0 lead after the first series. That was only time we had a lead until we were going through the fourth quarter. Their guys were getting the ball in the fourth quarter and were not nearly running with the same intensity. That was big.”
Faith trailed 22-14 at the half and 42-38 after three quarters.
Shipley said he used the intermission to change the team’s defense in the hopes of stalling Cherokee drives and reminded his players they’re never out of a contest because of their quick-strike offense.
“(Cherokee players) were running all over,” he said. “We had a problem stopping the run.”
Senior quarterback Travis Hughes threw touchdown passes to senior Colby Offutt, sophomores Brendan Thames and Case Coleman, and junior Grayson Pogue.
Freshman Luke Ehrig and Coleman each had a rushing touchdown, while Offutt had two rushing touchdowns.
The Flames lost sophomore Maison Thornley to an injury on the first offensive play of the contest. Thornley plays significant minutes on both sides of the ball, Shipley said.
The Flames have a bye this week before hosting Temple Holy Trinity at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 4, at Britton Field on the Faith campus, 3151 RR 1431 East in Marble Falls.