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Faith Lutheran uses rushing attack to rally past Canyon Springs

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Christopher DeVargas

Members of the Faith Lutheran High football team pose for a photo at the Las Vegas Sun’s high school football media day Tuesday July 31, 2018 at the Red Rock Resort and Casino. They include, from left, Keagan Touchstone, Taimani McKenzie, Ma’a Gaoteote, Hunter Kaupiko, Nate Meredith, David “DJ” Heckard and Sagan Gronauer.

The Faith Lutheran High football team overcame a two-touchdown deficit in the second half tonight at Canyon Springs by scoring 29 points in the fourth quarter for a 48-35 victory in the Mountain Region semifinals.

“Our guys just kept fighting,” Faith Lutheran coach Vernon Fox said.

The Crusaders won the game in unfamiliar fashion — by running the ball. They have the most prolific passing attack in Southern Nevada, but found more success on the ground against Canyon Springs in rushing for 351 yards and six touchdowns.

Three different ballcarriers — quarterback Sagan Gronauer, Sebestian Burke and Kendall Lightfoot — rushed for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns. Gronauer also passed for 255 yards and a touchdown.

The win sets up a rematch against Arbor View next Friday in the regional championship game. In the regular season, Arbor View beat Faith Lutheran, 10-7.

“We left some points out there,” Fox said of the first meeting. “But at the end of the day, they found the way to beat us.”

Peyton Thornton had five receptions for 102 yards against Canyon Springs. Keegan Touchstone had 82 receiving yards and a touchdown.



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