KATY (Covering Katy News) - Faith West Academy seniors Marshall Wales (QB) and Dan Owen (WR) have been playing football together for four years. That close relationship on and off the field was evident as the duo accounted for all of the FWA Eagles’ touchdowns during Friday night’s 86-40 loss to the Alpha Omega Academy.
Wales and Owen connected on three long scoring passes, with Owen out-jumping the defender to control the ball. Owen, in his first game back after a season-ending knee injury last year, added a 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, while Wales added a long scoring run in the 4th quarter, dodging defenders and zig-zagging about 80 yards back and forth across the field for a 40-yard touchdown. The rest of the Eagles’ scoring came from the “golden toe” of Andrew Tyrell, who added the extra points as well as a long field goal in the 3rd quarter.
Unfortunately for FWA, that scoring was not enough to offset the scoring onslaught from the Alpha Omega Lions, particularly from Cole Garrison. Garrison proved extremely difficult to bring down, and had very long scoring runs throughout the game, a kickoff return for a touchdown, and several receiving touchdowns from Harrison Allen. In all, Garrison was responsible for six touchdowns, with Adam Ficklen, Bailey Hall, Harrison Allen, Hardie Jacobs, and Jacob Poteet also getting in on the Lions’ scoring.
“Our boys came out with a focus and a demeanor that showed me they were ready to play,” said FWA head football coach Nathan Utt. “Alpha Omega is a tough young team that is well coached, and we knew it was going to be a battle. I saw a lot of improvements from week one. And it was great to have some key players back from injury. Dan Owen was the difference maker this week. We have two weeks now to refine what we are doing and prepare for what will be the toughest game of the season.”
Despite the setback, Wales and Owen enjoyed getting back on the field together, and it showed. “Playing with Dan over the past four years has really been great,” Wales said, “it felt great to have him back last night, and it didn’t take long for us to hit our stride.” Owen echoed those comments, adding “we have great chemistry on the field, and it feels really good to be back on the field with him and catching his passes again.”
FWA football has the week off this coming week, and resumes play on September 20, with a road game against Veritas Academy in Austin.
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.