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Faith Academy football has best game of year in finale

CAPTION: Faith Academy senior Cross Sanchez ends his time playing Faith football the way most dream by scoring eight touchdowns. Photo by Stennis Shotts

The Faith Academy of Marble Falls football team ended its season with a 72-26 win against Austin Veritas Nov. 3, an important achievement for the Flames, defensive coordinator Jay Silvers said.

“We wanted the seniors to end on a great note, to do right by them,” he said. “And we wanted to give the younger PLAYERS opportunities and reps.”

No Flame had a better night than senior Cross Sanchez, who had eight touchdowns. Quarterback Andrew Houy threw a touchdown pass to Sanchez and to Braxton Blair and had a rushing touchdown.

“It was our first competitive game all year,” Silvers said. “We did a great job adjusting on defense and offense. We were getting our blocks. We were able to help our runners on downfield blocking. Cross was able to get some help with open lanes.”

While the Flames would have liked to have another game to play, Silvers said this year’s team can take comfort in knowing they are making it easier on the 2024 squad. That’s because these Flames were the first under the direction of new head coach John Hallam, who wanted to install his playbook and scheme. Silvers commended the players for learning a new system.

“That was our best game all season,” he said. “It was good to see the boys look like they understood what we were doing. I feel like we’re moving in the right direction. They should take pride in that. They helped. They were getting those guys rocking and rolling. It’ll be a good year.”

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CAPTION: Faith Academy quarterback Andrew Houy shows his versatility in how he gets the ball to his teammates. Photo by Stennis Shotts

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