The Faith Academy Knights used a 30-point, first-quarter lead and 495 yards of total offense to take down the Mount Carmel Bulldogs 76-46 in the season finale at SAB Stadium in Bellville last Friday.
Junior running back Kaleb Shepherd paced the offense with 360 combined yards between 233 rushing yards and 127 receiving yards and recorded six touchdowns.
Freshman quarter Noah Figueroa led the offense behind 7-of-13 passing for 213 yards and two touchdowns behind the offensive line of junior classmates Nathan Figueroa and Landon Snyder as well as sophomore Neil Johnston.
“Their key blocks sprung the running game and their pass blocking allowed the younger Figueroa plenty of time in the passing game,” Faith Academy head football coach Trey Carter said.
Also providing touchdowns for the Knights were junior Cade Swierkowski (6-yard rush), senior Josh Poorman (11-yard rush) and Snyder (5-yard rush) although Carter said the most impressive score came on a trick play.
“The best of the touchdowns came on the all-so-famous hook and ladder play,” the head coach explained. “The younger Figueroa threw a four-yard stop route to his older brother Nathan, who then found freshman Luke Wicklien who had been in motion for the backward lateral, resulting in a 30-yard touchdown.”
Carter said the Faith Academy defensive unit supplied their best game of the year behind Nathan Figueroa’s 13 total tackles and two defended passes as well as 11 tackles and a couple of big hits from junior Maury Cano. Noah Figueroa also grabbed an interception and returned it 14 yards for a touchdown in the final three minutes of the contest. Carter added that junior Dustin Rodgers and Wicklien put pressure on the Mount Carmel quarterback and registered key sacks.
A trio of juniors earned player of the week honors after their valiant efforts on both sides of the ball according to Carter: Nathan Figueroa, Kaleb Shepherd and Maury Cano.
“Congrats on a very successful season,” Carter said. “I’m proud of you boys for all your hard work. I’m honored to be your coach and leader, and I look forward to our continued success next year. Always remember, hard work always pays off and always do the right thing.”