FAITH lights it up to beat Watauga Harvest

Shadd Cole

Stephenville FAITH head coach Cody Martin has said throughout preseason scrimmages and the first two weeks of the season that the true story of the Knights is their defense.

They proved on Friday, however, they can also win a track meet when necessary.

FAITH (3-0) amassed almost 700 yards of offense, a lot even by six-man standards, and scored the most points in its brief three year history in a 90-73 win over TAPPS member Watauga Harvest Christian.

The Knights, who won for the second straight week against teams in divisions larger than the Texas Christian Athletic League, rushed for more than 500 yards and picked up five passing touchdowns from sophomore Shadd Cole.

Jacob Thompson rushed for four scores and 143 yards and Jared Veldhuizen plowed his way to two TDs and 183 yards. Cole rushed for 89 yards and a score and Daniel Winkler gained 41 yards on just two carries.

Winkler and Justin Baugh each had three receptions and two TDs for the explosive Knights. Baugh had 94 yards and Winkler 78. Joey Braun hauled in two passes for 44 yards and a score as Cole passed for 216 yards.

"We were able to show we can execute whatever the game calls for or whatever the defense gives us," said Martin. "We don't run because we can't pass, we run because that's what the defense gives us and vice versa."

The defense answered the bell in the fourth quarter, holding Harvest scoreless after do-it-all star AJ McCort had a hand in 445 yards and eight touchdowns in the first three periods.

"He was as advertised; he was extremely good. The first play he ran for a score from about 50 yards out," Martin said of McCort, who rushed for 340 yards, passed for 90 and had 15 yards receiving. "But our defense stepped up in the fourth quarter."

Winkler racked up 19 solo tackles and eight assists with a sack. Thompson had 14 tackles and two sacks from one defensive end spot while Veldhuizen had 11 stops and two sacks from the other. Cole made 14 tackles and picked off a pass.

FAITH avenged one of its three early season losses from their championship season a year ago and has a chance to avenge another when the Knights host Brownwood Victory Life Academy at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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