Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Published Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 | 11:54 p.m.
Updated Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 | 1:27 a.m.
It only feels right when seniors are the star players on Senior Night.
Faith Lutheran took that to heart Friday night, allowing its veterans to lead the way in their final regular-season home game that ended in a 38-14 victory over Pahrump Valley.
The Crusaders emphasized running behind senior linemen Austin Prather, John Molchon, Michael DeVore and Max McPherson early before attacking through the air with the proven senior combination of quarterback Greg Benson and receiver Mark Rubalcaba.
“Those guys are the pinnacle of our team,” Faith Lutheran coach Vernon Fox said. “They’ve done great things, and led the way by setting the standards for us.”
Benson went 13-for-23 for 235 yards and three touchdowns. The first two scores went to Rubalcaba, who had eight catches for 165 yards in total, before the last went to fellow senior Tyler Mahan.
Senior running back Alfred Soboyejo also found the end zone and finished with 77 yards on 11 carries. Sophomore Christian Marshall ensured the underclassmen represented, gaining 100 yards and scoring a touchdown on 11 carries.
Faith Lutheran is alive with a chance to win the Division 1A Sunset Region championship depending on the results of next week’s slate of games, which include its own trip to Spring Valley.
“The win tonight puts us in a good position,” Fox said. “We understood the implications, and we’re excited about it.”