Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 | 11:59 p.m.
The Faith Lutheran High football team won a playoff game for the third straight season today, using two touchdowns and more than 100 rushing yards from Christian Marshall in a 36-14 win against visiting Sunrise Mountain in the Division I-A Southern Region playoffs.
“It boils down to the consistency of the kids,” Faith Lutheran coach Vernon Fox said. “What we have always strived and aimed for is to get better every week, build some consistency that winning can become a habit. The kids have bought into that.”
The Crusaders (9-1) host Chaparral next week one game away from returning to the state semifinals. In 2013, Faith Lutheran won the Division I-A state championship; last season, they lost in the final seconds in the game prior to the semis.
Marshall had scoring runs of 4 and 3 yards against Sunrise Mountain, and Brytton Weber had a 75-yard touchdown reception from Brenden Joyce.
Sunrise Mountain led 7-0, but Faith Lutheran scored 27 unanswered points in winning its ninth straight game.
“Honestly, it’s not always a bad thing,” Fox said about trailing early. “That gives us the wake-up call where guys get out of the mode that caused us to start slow.”
The loss ends the best season in the seven-year history of Sunrise Mountain, who finished with a 6-4 record. The six wins are more than the previous seasons combined, and the Miners are expected to get better with a roster dominated by younger players.