Faith West football

Faith West's Dan Owen takes the pitch from Marshall Wales in early action against Veritas Academy in Austin on Friday September 20.

It was a beautiful night for football in Austin, Texas.  The Faith West Academy football team was glad to get a break from the long days of rain and flooding from Tropical Storm Imelda as they visited the Veritas Academy Defenders in Austin.  Unfortunately the visiting Eagles ran into a storm of scoring from the defending state champion Veritas Defenders, who cruised to a 76-20 final score.

Highlights were hard to come by for the Eagles.  Faith West twice had first downs inside the Defenders’ 5-yard line in the first and second quarters, but was unable to punch it in for points on those two drives.  Veritas junior Jared Fuller was able to score almost every time he touched the ball as the defenders leapt out to a 54-0 second quarter lead. 

 “It was a really tough loss from a really tough team,” said FWA head coach Nathan Utt.  “We are going to keep refining the defense and prepare for San Marcos Hill Country as our last non-district game.  I see our offense clicking more and more each week.  It was another great game from our signal caller Marshall Wales, finding open receivers and moving the ball down the field.”

The Eagles’ scoring came on the ground and in the air.  After being stymied on their first two trips into the red zone, the Eagles were finally able to get on the board with a short pass from Wales to senior Dan Owen, which Owen took 50 yards into the end zone.  Owen took another long pass reception into the end zone on the Eagles’ next possession, just holding onto the ball long enough to score.  Sophomore Matthew Stewart was able to provide the Eagles’ final score of the night, taking a screen pass from Wales and dragging two Defenders into the end zone on a bruising run after the catch.

Freshman Ethan Bailey also showed some promise, and was able to create a couple of first downs on nifty runs after Wales passes, extending FWA drives.  “Matthew Stewart and Ethan Bailey were my standouts this week,” said Coach Utt.  They both made some big plays in important offensive drives.  I’m excited to see what this team can do when all cylinders are firing.”      

Faith West has a week off as it prepares for its last non-district game against Hill Country Christian School in San Marcos, Texas on October 4. 

Six-man football explained:

 Six-man football is a fast-moving game played on an 80-yard-long by 40-yard-wide field.  The game specifies a 15-yard distance from the line of scrimmage to gain a first down, instead of the normal 10 yards.  Scoring is the same as in 11-man football, with the exceptions being on the point after touchdown attempt and the field goal. A point-after kick is worth two points, while a conversion made by running or passing the ball is worth one point.  In addition, a field goal is worth four points instead of three. In Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools competition, a 45-point "mercy rule" exists to prevent lopsided scoring deficits.  The game is ended under this rule if a team is losing by 45 or more points at halftime or at any point after. Scoring tends to be much higher in the six-man game compared to its 11-man counterpart; games in which one team scores 100 points or more, now extremely rare in 11-man, regularly occur several times a year in six-man.  As of the 2017–2018 alignments from UIL, TAPPS, TAIAO, TCAF, and T-CAL, the state of Texas has 262 six-man football teams.  Source:  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six-man_football.

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