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Faith Lutheran doesn’t get complacent, beats Western to push win streak to eight

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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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With the Division I-A Sunset region title already in hand, Faith Lutheran could have taken it easy against a winless team.

But that isn’t what Faith Lutheran coach Vernon Fox preaches to his players.

“No standing still, and you’re always getting better or worse,” said Fox after his team’s 53-6 victory over Western. “Our goal is to do better than the week before.”

The Crusaders have won eight in a row (5-0 Division I-A Sunset) after losing the first two games of the season. Faith Lutheran could have probably won the game without playing in top form, but with the postseason eight days away, there was no room to get complacent.

“It’s important to go in on a high and not have a drop-off and lose a little bit of momentum,” Fox said. “You want to be firing on all cylinders and make sure you get back to the basics, and refine areas where you lost a little bit.”

Faith Lutheran will host Boulder City next Friday in the opening round of the Division I-A South playoffs.

The teams met earlier this season, when Faith Lutheran won 31-19.

“It wasn’t an easy win last time we played them,” Fox said. “I want to get into the minds of our younger people: ‘It’s an 0-0 season, and it doesn’t matter what our last game looked like.’”

The Crusaders came out and put up 28 points against undermanned Western (0-9, 0-5).

Jacob Deaville completed four passes for 122 yards with two touchdowns. He also rushed for 103 yards on three carries.

Fabian Lagudi scored on two of his four carries.

The Crusaders were also able to put a few of their backups into the game.

“It’s good to get (them) on film and coach (them) up. It’s a positive in many ways,” Fox said.

Quarterback Greg Benson threw a perfect 3-for-3 for 31 yards. He found Danny Otuwa for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Xerexes Tachiquin returned a kickoff for a touchdown, providing the Warriors’ only score of the game. It was the first points for Western since Sept. 27 against Cheyenne.

Western has lost 27 consecutive games, dating back to the 2010 season.

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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