FAITH needs only a half in easy opener

BRAD KEITH brad.keith@empiretribune.com
Jared Veldhuizen

For all the offensive weapons Stephenville FAITH has at its disposal, it's defense, head coach Cody Martin says, that the Knights are hanging their hat on this fall as they defend their Texas Christian Athletic League Division II championship.

The Knights showed everyone why Friday night, shutting out Willow Park Trinity Christian 56-0 in the season opener for both at Aledo's middle school stadium.

"Our defense was just great," Cody Martin said. "I felt great about the way they were playing in the scrimmages and it carried over to (Friday). Daniel Winkler hit everything in sight like he always does, and the other guys have fed off him and now they are all just hitting everything in sight."

The FAITH defense provided its offense a short field on many occasions, and the Knights cashed in quick and often en route to invoking six-man's mercy rule by halftime.

Jared Veldhuizen rushed for four scores, Jacob Thompson ran for three and Justin Baugh added a defensive touchdown in the easy win.

"When the defense sets you up with a short field you have to take advantage, and we did that," Martin said. "You should score a lot of points when you have possessions where you only have to go 10, 15, 20 yards."

The Knights will get a much tougher test when they face public school power Gordon on FAITH's home field in Bluff Dale next Friday. Gordon was ranked No. 15 in the sixmanfootball.com preseason poll and is facing No. 4 Ira today in the ninth annual Hico Super Six-Man Saturday.

"Gordon will be a huge test for us, but it's one we want and need," Martin said. "We need to be in some tough ball games, some games that will make us better. We will definitely get better preparing for a team like (Gordon)."

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