KATY (Covering Katy News) - Having lost some key contributors to graduation and awaiting the return from injury of others, Faith West Academy from Katy knew that newcomers would have to grow up quickly to be competitive in 6-man football this year. Unfortunately, playing 6 players new to high school football proved too much to overcome as the Faith West Eagles fell to the Brazosport Eagles 56-16 in both teams’ season opener.
In a game marked by a one-hour lightning delay in the first quarter, senior quarterback and middle defender Marshall Wales was everywhere, scoring one of FWA’s touchdowns on a pass to sophomore Matthew Stewart, and making a number of critical tackles. Gabe Rice scored the other FWA touchdown with a strong run in the first quarter.
Those two touchdowns would not be enough to match the powerful offensive output from Brazosport Christian. Senior Luke Listak and junior Nick DeOliveira provided a majority of BCS’s offensive output, scoring multiple touchdowns on the ground and in the air. With a big early lead, BCS was able to get valuable game time for all of their available players.
Despite the setback, FWA fans saw reason for optimism as the season kicked off. The team responded well at halftime, and was able to play BCS evenly in the second half. With two freshmen and four other athletes new to high school football playing significant minutes, the team showed signs that those converted athletes, freshmen, and other underclassmen will be contributors as the season progresses. Notably, sophomore Matthew Stewart had a number of strong plays, including a fumble recovery in mid-air, and senior converted baseball player Taylor Cortez was able to snag a couple of nice pass receptions in the second half.
“I saw a lot of good things from our whole team and our new players," said FWA head coach Nathan Utt. "I also saw a lot of areas that we need to work on and learn from. But overall, I was very impressed with what I saw from a handful of guys who played their first ever football game.”
FWA’s season continues next Friday, September 6, with the Eagles hosting Alpha Omega Academy from Huntsville at 7:00 p.m. FWA will count on the proven experience from Wales, the anticipated return of key contributor and senior Dan Owen, and the continued growth of the new players to deliver a fun, entertaining football season to their loyal fans.
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.