Faith Academy takes on Eastside Memorial
September 13, 2013, 11:30 am by Mark Goodson
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Faith Academy faces a team that gave it one of its biggest challenges last year on Friday at Pony Stadium.
The Flames take on Eastside Memorial at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a game that promises plenty of incentive for Faith Academy.
Last year, the Flames came away with a 36-20 win and went on to win 11 straight games in the team’s first year in 11-man football.
This year, Faith Academy comes into its third game after an emotional 47-35 win over St. Anthony’s.
Faith Academy trailed 19-0 last week, but erupted in the second half.
Faith Academy coach Russell Roberts expects his team to start fast and finish faster this week.
"They’ve struggled so far, but they keep adding people every week,’’ Roberts said. "Every year they have talented kids. They don’t like two-a-days. They always start with a few kids and then when school starts they get more. They’re getting better every week.’’
Eastside Memorial has losses to St. Andrews and John Paul II of Schertz.
"St. Andrews has one of the best teams they’ve had in years,’’ Roberts said. "And John Paul is no slouch.’’
The Flames are working on diversifying their attack, Roberts said.
Last week, Jacob Metcalf and Royale Brown both had big games. Metcalf averaged 11 yards a carry and finished with 203 yards and three scores. Brown had two scores in the final seven minutes to ice the game against St. Anthony’s.
Two young players have emerged on the defense for the Flames.
Freshman Dalton Mayberry has emerged as a strong linebacker.
"It’s no surprise about Dalton, he’s been terrorizing people for a long time,’’ Roberts said. "He’s not that big (5-9, 170 pounds), but he’s a solid football player.’’
Jonathan Bryer has also stepped on the defense at tackle. Bryer is a 6-0, 185-pounder.
Magnum Burcham, a running back and defender for the Flames, came back off a shoulder injury to play three quarters in the opener.
"I had him for three plays in the first scrimmage and then he comes back and pays three quarters,’’ Roberts said. "His shoulder wasn’t as bad as we thought and then he hurts his knee. We’re ready to have him for a full game, but he’s doubtful for this week.’’
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