KATY (Covering Katy News) - The Faith West Academy six-man football team fell to the Giddings State School Indians squad on Friday night at home. The talented, disciplined Giddings squad was able to dominate the Faith West Eagles on both sides of the ball, leaving Faith West with a 58-13 victory.

Faith West fielded four seniors for their last home regular-season game, all of whom contributed positively in the game.

Quarterback Marshall Wales was held in check on the ground. He had 40 yards on five rushes. In early first quarter action, Wales was able to connect with WR/DB Taylor Cortez for a 31-yard touchdown. Cortez caught the ball at the 5 yard line, started to celebrate, and then realized he was not quite in the end zone. Fortunately, he was able to drag his defender into the end zone, scoring for the Eagles.

Before halftime, Wales was also able to connect with senior DT/TE Noah Wood, who took a ball on a slant and was able to bully his way for a bruising 13-yard gain.

After halftime, the Faith West fans were excited to see Wales connect on a 50-yard pass to fellow senior Dan Owen, who took the ball after a 10-yard completion and out-raced the Indians defenders to the end zone. Wales finished 9/22 for 187 yards and two touchdowns through the air, and Owen was his leading receiver of the night with three receptions for 93 yards and a score. Wales was also able to complete three passes to junior Gabe Rice, and one to sophomore Matthew Stewart.

Unfortunately, the Eagles’ scoring was not enough to keep up with the Giddings squad. “Hats off to a very well coached Giddings State team,” said FWA head coach Nathan Utt. “They executed their game plan to perfection, played hard and fast, and kept us from playing ‘our game.’ It was a tough loss on senior night. Thankfully we have already sealed the deal on a home playoff game, and our seniors have one more chance to win on our home field.”

Faith West (3-5, 3-1 in TAPPS Division 1, District 3) finishes the regular season this Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., with a district game at the Emery/Weiner School (8-1, 4-0 in district) in Houston. They then open TAPPS playoffs at home on Friday, Nov. 14, against an opponent that will be determined once regular season play is complete.

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 (TAPPS) 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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