Stephenville FAITH wasted no time turning its latest gridiron victory into a laugher, blasting Williamson County Homeschool 72-0 by halftime.
Now the defending state champion Knights, winners of 18 straight, are back in the Texas Christian Athletic League Division II semifinals where they face Tyler HEAT at 3 p.m. Saturday at Cub Stadium in Brenham.
"We came out and played really well. I was proud of the guys for making that transition from the regular season to the playoffs and coming out focused and ready to go," said FAITH head coach Cody Martin of his team's win. "That's especially true of our defense. I don't care who you play, shutouts are hard to come by in six-man football."
Not for FAITH, apparently. The Knights have shut out four of their last five opponents and have surrendered just 18 points the last six weeks.
"Hats off to our defensive coaches and our players," Martin said. "That is more than impressive in six-man."
FAITH has outscored its last six opponents 396-18, and is preparing to face a Tyler HEAT team that started its program with freshmen and sophomores and played its entire schedule on the road.
"They've really done an outstanding job to get to this point, and now they have a lot of confidence in their corner," said Martin. "They're a real program on the rise in TCAL."
HEAT's only losses came to UIL schools, and its victories include a 53-20 thumping of Corpus Christi Annapolis Christian Academy in Brenham last week.
"They've already played on that field, so they'll be comfortable there," Martin cautioned. "But we have some good memories from that field and our big comeback in the semifinals last year."
The winner meets Cleburne Christian Academy or Bastrop Tribe Consolidated in the championship at noon on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Waco Methodist Children's Home.