Flames lose 38-12 to Sacred Heart
November 24, 2012, 10:00 am by
|Staff Photo By Mark Goodson
Faith Academy's Jacob Metcalf (88) gets his facemask pulled while Hallettsville Sacred Heart's running back bolts up the middle of the Flames defense. Metcalf, a freshman defensive back, led Faith Academy with nine interceptions on the season.
By Jim Goodson
Ė Faith Academyís incredible football season ended on a cool fall Austin
evening at historic House Park Friday night.
Flames lost 38-12 to Hallettsville Sacred Heart, their first loss of the year
occurring two games deep in the four round TAPPS Division III playoffs.
Academyís first 11-man football season produced an 11-1 record led by a senior
class of eight and a roster of 27 players. Hallettsville Sacred Heart, the
defending state champions, improved to 9-3 and advanced to the semifinals.
Academy trailed 24-12 at halftime and had success moving the ball in the first
half. But turnovers kept the Flames from mounting a comeback. Faith Academy
fumbles on a third quarter kickoff and on the first play of the fourth quarter
allowed the Hallettsville team to control the second half .
Academy scored on a spectacular second-quarter catch by running back Brian
Freeman in the back of the end zone. The nine-yard toss by scrambling Seth
McAnally capped a determined 51-yard, 14-play drive and cut Sacred Heartís lead
defensive back Jacob Metcalf recovered a fumble on the Indiansí next series,
setting up another Faith Academy touchdown pass. Running back Jake Diamond
threw it 54 yards to sophomore receiver Royale Brown. The long touchdown cut
the deficit to 16-12 with 4:55 left before halftime. It was as close as the
Flames would get.
Flames amassed 234 offensive yards while Sacred Heart racked up 348 yards.
Faith Academy recorded 14 first downs to Sacred Heartís 19.
were only three penalties in the crisp, well-played game that took less than
two hours to play, minus the 20-minute halftime.
For more, see Tuesday's Highlander.