Before the season started, Faith Academy head football coach James Crawford said his team was “Ready to win.”
His squad proved that to be true by picking up their third win of the season last week when the Knights traveled to Fayette County Sports Association for the Oct. 4 contest and raced out to a three-possession lead after just one quarter of play.
Blaze Byler opened the scoring with a 6-yard run although the point-after try failed. Nathan Figueroa then connected with Kaleb Shepherd on a 25-yard pitch and catch but again, the PAT failed. Shepherd then provided a 25-yard run to the end zone and this time, Figueroa hit Neil Johnston to put Faith ahead, 19-0.
To start the second, Figueroa found Roy Shepherd from the 1-yard line and then hit Maury Cano for the 1-point PAT before Fayette County got on the board and made its own 1-point PAT that made the halftime score 26-7.
The host Panthers opened the second-half scoring, although that PAT failed, and Byler answered with a 3-yard run and a Figueroa kick put the Knights in front, 34-13. Before the third quarter ended, Jacob Henderson was on the throwing end of a touchdown with Figueroa on the receiving end of the 29-yard score that pushed the visitors’ advantage to 40-13 heading to the final frame.
Roy Shepherd opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard pass followed by a Figueroa-to-Cano PAT. Although Fayette County responded to that scoring play with a touchdown of its own and a 1-point PAT, Cano hit pay dirt one more time on a 16-yard run to set the final score at 53-20 once the dust settled.
Cano finished with 65 yards on 8 carries with the touchdown and 2 PAT catches on offense while registering 7 tackles on defense to help Faith Academy move to 3-3 on the season with the Fort Bend Chargers up next on the schedule for the Knights’ homecoming matchup Oct. 25 following their bye week.