Stephenville FAITH took 'defense' of its back-to-back Texas Christian Athletic League Six-Man Division II championships to a new level last week.
The Knights defense forced four fumbles, recovered three of them, intercepted a pass and pitched a rare six-man shutout.
FAITH won its second straight game after consecutive losses to begin the season ended its 19-game win streak. The Knights look to make it three straight victories when they return home to Bluff Dale to battle unbeaten Willow Park Trinity Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Trinity Christian is averaging 59.8 points, and that's with two games being called early due to six-man's 45-point mercy rule. Trinity even scored 80 in a 16-point victory over Faustina Academy from Irving, its only opponent to reach 40 points. Trinity has also defeated Wise County Christian Homeschool in Decatur 48-0, Universal Academy from Irving 57-12 and Harvest Christian from Watauga 54-36.
Kyle Lanier has passed for 737 yards and rushed for 164 to lead Trinity, while Zach De La Cruz has rushed for 338 yards and leads the team in receptions with eight.
FAITH has been paced by Shadd Cole, who has 707 yards rushing, 228 passing and 129 receiving for 1,064 total yards of offense. He has scored 14 times on the ground, twice receiving passes and has thrown for two TDs.
Joey Braun has passed for 211 yards and three touchdowns for the Knights, and Aaron Snyder leads in receiving yards with 167.
Cole has also made big plays in special teams and on defense, leading the club with 63 tackles and two scores in the kicking game. He's forced seven fumbles and recovered two. Snyder is second on the team with 38 tackles, while Braun has 29, Chance Lyons 25 and Callum Harmon 21.
The Knights average 197.3 yards on the ground and 106.8 through the air for 304.1 total yards per game. They surrender 307 yards per contest, with most of their opponents' yardage coming in season-opening losses to UIL powers Lometa and Gordon.