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Faith Lutheran finds balance offensively to pick up sixth consecutive win

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Faith Lutheran football players, from left, Danny Otuwa, Hayden Solis, Keenan Smith and Vinny DeGeorge on July 30, 2013.

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A week after Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer could barely find a single game to disagree on, they line up on opposite sides all over the place. With all teams now in league play, they go through all the matchups and differ on how several will play out. They also look back on last week's game between Bishop Gorman and Booker T. Washington.

Faith Lutheran is picking up plenty of momentum heading into the home stretch of the season.

The Crusaders reeled off their sixth consecutive victory with a 38-20 win over Pahrump Valley.

Faith Lutheran improved its record to 6-2, and 3-0 in the Division I-A Sunset.

“I see a difference in this team than when I first got here,” Faith Lutheran coach Vernon Fox said. “The kids are buying into what we’re preaching. … We’re putting (wins) together, and it’s becoming a habit.”

The biggest improvement the Crusaders made this week was in the passing game.

Jake Deaville threw for three touchdowns to go with 192 yards.

When combined with the potent one-two rushing attack of Kennan Smith (eight carries, 84 yards and a touchdown) and Fabian Lagudi (eight carries, 78 yards and a touchdown), it gives Faith Lutheran balance offensively.

“We were on the bus ride going back, and we said, ‘Finally, we were able to put together a balanced game,’” Fox said. “We can run the ball effectively, but now we can balance out and pass the ball. That can present problems for the some of the teams we’re going to face.”

T.J. Milk threw for 126 yards with a 12-yard touchdown to A.J. Segura. The Trojans (2-5, 1-2) also completed seven fourth-down conversions.

Pahrump Valley finished with 246 yards of total offense.

Paul Delos Santos can be reached at 990-2416 or mail to [email protected] Follow Paul on Twitter at twitter.com/pauliedelos.

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