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January 21, 2018

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Faith Lutheran serves Virgin Valley its first loss of the year

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer bring all the ranting and raving any Southern Nevada high school football fan could ever want on the fourth episode of this year's podcast. Brewer further fuels his detractors at Centennial and predicts a lopsided victory in favor of Bishop Gorman. Does Keefer agree? Listen to find out.

The Faith Lutheran offense got rolling Friday night, and there was nothing Virgin Valley could do about it.

The Crusaders snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the previously undefeated Bulldogs 48-26 on the road. Senior quarterback Shawn Balva contributed six touchdowns — five passing and one rushing.

“We had a lot of short fields,” Faith Lutheran coach Jake Kothe said, “and we were able to capitalize on that.”

The short fields came because the defense forced five turnovers. Faith Lutheran picked off four passes and recovered a fumble.

Sean Bishel accounted for two of the interceptions. He also had two receiving touchdowns and 91 yards.

Bishel was the favorite target of Balva, who finished 19-for-31 for 239 yards. David Logan rushed 15 times for 100 yards in a game the Crusaders controlled from the onset.

“It was a big road win for us after a little bit of a rough patch,” Kothe said.

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at

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