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Faith Lutheran’s defense pitches second-half shutout to help Crusaders win in Colorado


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Faith Lutheran football players Anthony Pryatel-Farmer and Sean Bischel, July 26, 2012.

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The Faith Lutheran football team fell behind by 10 points in the first quarter Saturday against host Parker Lutheran of Colorado but didn’t surrender any points in the remainder of a season-opening 14-10 victory.

Faith’s Ben Flandermeyer led the defensive charge with nine tackles, and he saved the victory late in the fourth quarter by forcing and recovering a fumble when Parker Lutheran was about to score at the Faith 11-yard line with less than two minutes remaining.

Faith proceeded to run out the clock to secure the win. Despite having to travel to Colorado, falling behind early and kicking off at 10 a.m. Las Vegas time, the Crusaders weren’t fazed.

“Our kids never gave up and didn’t lose their composure,” Faith coach Jake Kothe said. “That’s certainly impressive playing on the road that far away from home.”

Quarterback Jacob Deaville had a hand in both of the Faith touchdowns, getting the Crusaders on the board in the second quarter with a 60-yard touchdown run. Later in the quarter, he connected with Sean Bischel for a 36-yard scoring strike and the winning points.

The game was scoreless in the second half — a testament to Flandermeyer and the others on the Faith defense.

“Parker is a very good team. They have some very talented kids,” Kothe said. “We learned our kids have a lot of fight. They didn’t give up.”

Anthony Pryatel-Farmer, the Crusaders’ top receiver last year, had nine catches for 75 yards.

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  1. Congratulations Crusaders. Thanks for representing Las Vegas football so well and good luck for the rest of the season.