Faith Academy loses, 42-26
November 15, 2013, 11:10 pm by Mark Goodson
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
The Woodlands Christian Warriors knocked the Faith Academy Flames from the unbeaten ranks Friday night with a solid dose of running and big plays.
The Warriors jumped to a three touchdown lead to start the game and held off Faith Academy, 42-26, in the TAPPS Division II playoff game at Pony Stadium.
Faith Academy trailed 22-6 at halftime, scoring their only first half points on a 33-yard fumble return by Jonathan Reyes after a big hit from Matt Manley on the quarterback of The Woodlands.
Faith Academy (10-1) opened the third quarter with a solid 10-plya, 69-yard drive and scored on an Austin Ellis run from one yard out with 7:05 left in the third. A pass for two points failed leaving the score at 22-12.
The Woodlands Christian returned the ensuing kickoff 79 yards to push the margin back to 29-12.
The Flames answered with a six-play, 74-yard march to cut th lead to 29-19 on a 3-yard run by Royale Brown and a PAT kick by Reyes.
Ellis hit Hanner Shipley down the middle for 68 yard gain on a third-and-11 play fro the 25. The Flames used three shot run plays to cover the final seven yards.
The Woodlands Christian scored on two its next three possessions to ice the game. A long punt return set up the final touchdown.
Late in the third quarter with the Flames trailing, 36-19, the team lost Shipley to a knee injury. He went down on an incomplete pass down the middle of The Woodlands Christian defense on a third-and-five play from midfield.
The team traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
The Flames covered 71 yards in 12 plays for the final score. Ellis hit Manley on a jump pass on first-and-goal from the one in the final 30 seconds. The Flames used up five minutes of clock on the final drive.The Woodlands Christian (6-5) advances to the second round to face the winner of Bryan Brazos Christian-Cypress Christian.
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