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Faith Academy football looks to regroup versus Texas Wind

CAPTION: Faith Academy senior Cross Sanchez and the Flames will travel to Waco to face the Texas Wind in search of their first victory this season. Photo by Stennis Shotts

The Faith Academy of Marble Falls football team will leave the city to head to Waco to face the Texas Wind at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1.

Both teams enter this contest after losses to start the season. The Flames lost to Bulverde Gloria Deo 34-24, while the Wind lost to Bellville Faith Academy 61-45.

The Wind is a member of the Texas Association of Independent Athletic Organizations.

Offensively, it is led by junior quarterback Luke Brown, and his favorite target is junior Johnny Salmans, who has big-play speed. The two hooked up for a 62-yard touchdown during the loss to Bellville Faith Academy.

“They have a gifted quarterback,” Flames head coach John Hallam said. “They do a lot of things. They have different sets offensively. It’ll be a challenge.”

Wind lines up in spread formations and enjoys a solid air attack.

“They like to throw,” Hallam said. “They have a really good quarterback. They set themselves up in a lot of formations, both tight and spread.”

Hallam believes his team has better match-ups against the Wind.

“I think we’ll have more success than against Gloria Deo,” he said. “They have a lot of players. I think we can be physical with them.”

The Flames will lean heavily on players who are unafraid to make a play including Carter Fromberg, Zane Lewis, Nash Renfro, Cross Sanchez, Ian Smiles and Karter Van Gundy.

After the loss to the Lions, Hallam decided to make changes to the offense and implement elements the Flames are comfortable with. He is in his first year of leading the program.

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