Faith Christian Eagles Football
2012 Season - Results & Highlights
HOMECOMING GAME - Faith vs. Middle Park
Homecoming week brought a busy week to the Eagles as they prepared to host the 3-1 Middle Park Panthers. The #9 ranked Panthers traveled down from Granby with their tough rushing offense averaging over 300 yards rushing per game on the year. The game brought about the start of Flatirons Conference play and the winner would be in a good position to push for the conference title.
The Eagles pushed through a week of homecoming fun but remained focused throughout. Their determined focus paid dividends as the Eagles defeated the Panthers 43-9. The big story was the aggressive and disciplined defense of the Eagles that held Middle Park’s strong rushing attack to just 113 yards on the night, 65 of which came on one play late in the game once the outcome had been determined. The Eagles were led on defense by, Seth VonRentzell, Taylor Barton, and Miles Finch with 9, 8, and 8 tackles respectively. A strong defensive front made up of Grant Black, Josh Mihalcin, and Connor McCain selflessly gobbled up blockers all night helping others make tackles.
The strong defensive performance forcing many punts on the night by the Panthers gave the offense a lot of opportunities and they took advantage of those opportunities pushing the first half score to 36-0 by halftime. The Eagles totaled close to 400 yards of total offense, 285 on the ground and 114 through the air. Tyler Deven and Tyler Tucker led the way on the ground with each rushing for nearly 100 yards. Tucker found the endzone three times, twice on the ground and once through the air.
The Eagles continue Flatirons Conference play next week as they host Pinnacle Academy on Friday at 7pm.
Faith Christian vs. Skyview
The Eagles traveled to Thornton on Saturday to face 3A Skyview. It was the second game out of their first four that the Eagles were facing a team that showed up on game-day running a different offense than what was shown on film. The Eagles defense adjusted quickly to the Skyview offense and posted their first shutout of the season winning 30-0.
Faith controlled the line of scrimmage on offense and defense all afternoon posting 300 yards rushing while surrendering less than 200 total yards of offense to the Wolverines. The Eagles were led on offense by Tyler Deven totaling 131 yards on 9 carries and Britton Naas with 70 yards on 11 carries. Deven, Naas, and Alex Albright each found the endzone on the ground on the day.
The Eagle defense had four players in double-digit tackles on the day vs the Skyview rushing attack. The team was led by Seth VonRentzell and TJ Hasz, each posting 13 tackles. Following them were Jonas Spitzer and Taylor Barton with 10 tackles apiece. Spitzer, Josh Mihalcin, and Gunnar Caldwell each had a sack on the day.
The Special Teams contributed to the scoreboard with a 24 yard field goal by Alex Albright and a punt block by Taylor Barton that was scooped up by Adam Buchmann for a TD.
The Eagles prepare next week for a busy homecoming week and will face the 3-1 Middle Park Panthers.
Faith Christian vs. Kent Denver
On Friday night the Eagles hosted the #1 ranked team in the state, Kent Denver. Kent has dominated each opponent so far this year downing #7 ranked Platte Valley 46-14 and #2 ranked Florence 41-6. Faith battled but came up short by a score of 21-3. Both defenses played well through the night and the Eagles defense showed its ability to play at a high level holding standout running back Jaden Franklin in check most of the night. Faith looked to be heading into the locker room at halftime down only 7-3 when late in the half Franklin got loose showing his speed on an 89 yard TD run. Offensively the Eagles were able to move the ball on drives but blocking mistakes on key plays stalled drives. The team looks to clean up those issues for next week. Stefan Knoerr set a school record with a 46 yard field goal in the second quarter and continues to kick well for the Eagles. Faith was led on offense by Tyler Tucker with 82 rushing yards on 12 carries. Defensively the Eagles were led by Seth VonRentzell and Connor McCain, 12 and 11 tackles respectively. Faith continues to battle some injury issues and hopes to be back at full strength soon as they travel to 3A Skyview next Saturday at noon and then host Middle Park for homecoming on Friday, September 28.
Faith Christian vs. Vista Peak
Faith Christian traveled to Aurora Public Stadium for a Saturday afternoon game this week against 3A Vista Peak. The Eagles put in a strong performance on both sides of the ball for a 51-6 victory. Faith got off to a fast start putting up 28 points in the first quarter. Six different Eagles found the endzone on the day in a variety of ways for the seven TD's on the day. Four TD's were scored on the ground, one in the air, one on a blocked punt, and one on an interception return. Tyler Tucker paced the offense with 118 yards on 6 carries with a score on the ground and through the air on a pass from Adam Buchmann. Buchmann and Aaron Aguero split time a QB in the absence of senior QB Grayson Bundick who will be out for the season with a torn ACL. Others getting involved with scores on the ground included Alex Albright, TJ Hasz, and Tyler Deven.
The defense got the scoring started in the second half on the first play from scrimmage as Gunnar Caldwell stepped in front of a Vista Peak wide receiver screen and took it back for a TD. The Eagles picked off two Vista Peak passes on the day, Caldwell's for the TD and Austin Buck picked off a pass on a fake punt earlier in the game. Special Teams were very involved in the scoring as Taylor Barton blocked a punt that rolled into the endzone and was recovered by Connor Karas for a TD. Stefan Knoerr also got in on the action with a 29 yard field goal for the Eagles. His strong leg helped pin Vista Peak deep with each kick-off as he put eight of his nine attempts into the endzone for a touchback. Defensively the Eagles were led by Danny Langewisch and Seth VonRentzell each totaling eight tackles on the day. The Eagles harassed Vista Peak QB's all day totaling five sacks, two by Jacob Lodwig, one each by Taylor Barton, Grant Harkness, and Langewisch. The Eagles hope to continue putting in strong performances in all phases of the game as they host #1 ranked Kent Denver next Friday.
Faith Christian vs. Holy Family
In the much anticipated week one match-up between long-time rivals Faith Christian and Holy Family, the two teams did not disappoint in delivering an exciting week one game. From the opening kick-off to the last play of the game both teams brought dramatic plays to the field.
On the opening kick-off senior Tyler Tucker found a seam and returned the ball 95 yards for an opening touchdown. It was an exciting start to the 2012 season! The last time that Faith returned the opening kick-off of the season for a touchdown was the 2009 championship team, Derek Lepore vs. Colorado Springs Christian. The Eagles are hoping similar starts to the season will bring a similar finish.
Moments later, on the first defensive series for the Eagles they were faced with an offense they had never seen before from the tigers. Holy Family had prepared a new offense all summer to spring on the Eagles and even went as far as wasting their preseason scrimmage offensively by only showing their old base offense in an attempt to surprise the Eagles. Faith scrambled and adjusted as much as possible against spread sets, empty backfields, multiple motions, and no-huddle before half-time adjustments could be made but surrendered 24 first half points. The tigers were aided by short fields for 10 of their first half points due to two Eagle turn-overs.
The Eagles made the first half exciting by putting up 21 points themselves led by senior QB Grayson Bundick who was 3 for 4 passing for 89 yards, one of which went for a 58 yard scoring strike to Tyler Deven. Tyler Tucker added another TD in the half with a sweep around the left end, diving into the endzone.
Both defenses made adjustments and the high scoring of the first half gave way to a strong defensive second half performance. The Faith offense was limited in the second half due to the loss of QB Grayson Bundick to an injury early in the half. The lone scoring for the Eagles in the second half came from outstanding kicker, Stefan Knoerr hitting from 26 yards out.
Late in the 4th quarter the Eagles were forced to punt and Alex Albright booted a needed long punt of 59 yards. On the ensuing play the tiger’s running back was able to get loose for a long run to put the tigers in field goal range inside the 15 yard line. A few plays later the tigers were able to kick a short field goal with no time left on the clock.
Although the opener was a disappointing 27-24 loss for the Eagles it showed the potential that this young team has for the remainder of the season. The Eagles face Vista Peak in week two and will work hard to clean up some week one mistakes.