Knights are underdogs for a change

BRAD KEITH brad.keith@empiretribune.com
Shadd Cole

When you're the defending state champs with virtually every key player returning, rare is the day you find yourself as an underdog.

But Stephenville FAITH hosts Gordon at 7:30 p.m. Friday in what amounts to a David vs. Goliath matchup for the defending champs in Division II of the Texas Christian Athletic League.

"They are going to suit up 32 players," pointed out FAITH head coach Cody Martin. "It's a great opportunity to see where our program is at."

Indeed. Gordon moved up from No. 13 to No. 10 in this week's sixmanfootball.com UIL Division I rankings after losing in the closing seconds to No. 3 Ira at Hico Super Six-Man Saturday. Gordon is ranked No. 15 in the website's all-inclusive six-man poll that combines teams with no regard to league or division affiliation. Stephenville FAITH is No. 91 in the same poll.

"They're good, fast and extremely well coached," Martin said of Gordon after watching the Longhorns Saturday.

That's what most opponents would say about FAITH, which slammed Willow Park Trinity Christian 56-0 to begin defense of their title last week.

Defense led the way, and the offense continuously took advantage of a short field. Title game MVP Jared Veldhuizen picked up where he left off with four rushing touchdowns while Jacob Thompson added three.

"One stat we are really proud of is out of two scrimmages and one game we have allowed one touchdown," Martin said. "That is really tough to do in six-man football."

If the Knights have one big advantage in their corner, it's playing at home. They have not lost at Bluff Dale's junior high stadium, the sight of all FAITH home contests, since week two of last year.

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