It isn’t surprising that a team gunning for its fourth straight state title jams the rolls of the Texas Christian Athletic League all-star roster.
The Stephenville FAITH Knights had 10 players selected, including six to the league’s first team.
According to FAITH Athletic Director Rod Cole, the recognized players are to play in the league all-star game.
“The first team TCAL All-Stars will be invited to participate in the TCAL All-Star Game on Saturday, December 6, at Bryan Allen Academy in Bryan,” Cole shared in an e-mail announcing the selections, “with second-team all-stars as alternates.”
Tye Gage, a senior, earned second team designation for two positions, while a pair of freshmen, Noach Swindell, defensive lineman, and Hayden Bridges, a kicker, earned honorable mention.
Along with the six first-team honorees, FAITH’s Nick Braun was named co-coach of the year after leading the Knights to an 8-2 record thus far and a shot at a state title.
Braun shares the achievement this season with Corpus Christi Annapolis coach Robert Schmidt.
Reigning National Homeschool Player of the Year, Shadd Cole, the Knight’s spread back and linebacker Joby Bradshaw were named as seniors. Juniors Kyler Gray, a defensive lineman, offensive lineman Chance Lyon and utility player Joey Braun earned first team status as juniors, along with freshman receiver Travis Loper.
Cole leads the Knights in passing and rushing, and has been an important part of the receiving corps for 2014. He has thrown for 805 yards and 15 touchdowns, he has run for 890 more, including 20 scores, and caught a half-dozen passes for another 90 yards and two TDs.
Braun was the other half of FAITH’s 1-2 offensive punch, collecting 34 receptions for 561 yards and nine TDS, and running for 461 yards and eight scores. He also completed almost 57 percent of his passes for 231 yards and four touchdowns.
Bradshaw finished his season with 40 tackles, a sack, two fumbles caused, three recovered, and a blocked punt.
Bradshaw’s defensive unit mate Kyler Gray is credited with two sacks, two fumbles caused and recovered, and 41 tackles, 10 of which were for losses.
Lyon contributed two carries for 38 yards and made six catches for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Loper snagged 10 catches for 2014, turning them into 183 yards and four touchdowns.
What makes the statistical achievements of the Knights even more impressive is the fact seven of their 10 games, including their last five straight, ended early due to the six-man football mercy rule.