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Faith Lutheran puts lessons to use in lopsided victory over Sierra Vista

2014 High School Football

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From left, Faith Lutheran High School football players John Molchon, Maxwell McPherson, Tyler Mahan and Austin Prather on July 21, 2014.

"Loss" is now a word wiped from Faith Lutheran’s vocabulary.

Faith Lutheran coach Vernon Fox had a unique way to get the Crusaders to move on from their three defeats this season.

“We don’t call them losses anymore; we call them lessons,” Fox said. “Every time, there was something to learn. We’ve been deliberate about fixing our mistakes.”

There were hardly any mistakes in Friday’s 31-7 home victory over Sierra Vista. The defending Division 1A state champions put forth their most complete effort of the season to improve to 4-3.

Senior quarterback Greg Benson threw for 143 yards and two touchdowns, one to Mark Rubalcaba and one to Tyler Mahan. Christian Marshall and Alfred Soboyejo each ran for more than 50 yards.

“One of the things we’ve struggled with this season is finding a mode of consistency,” Fox said. “I felt like we were able to do that in all phases tonight, and that’s the thing I’m most proud of.”

Faith Lutheran opened the game with Soboyejo returning the kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown. The Crusaders then surprised Sierra Vista with an onside kick from Ryan Callan that they recovered.

Callan also had a 39-yard field goal.

“He’s a great kicker,” Fox said. “He’s been big for us all year.”

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at

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