Trojans shutout in opening round loss to Faith Academy

Published 11:13 pm Friday, November 8, 2019

MOBILE – Faith Academy has lived by the run this season, and led by a massive offensive line and dominant running attack Friday night, they showed why they are unbeaten on the season with a 31-0 win over Charles Henderson High in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

The Rams, improving to 11-0 on the season, built a 17-0 halftime lead and tacked on two third-quarter touchdowns to outdistance the Trojans not only on the scoreboard, but in all statistical categories.

Faith rushed for 271 yards on the evening, led by senior Stefan Caullin Lacy with 155 yards and one touchdown, and amassing 330 total yards as a team on the evening.

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The Trojans, ending the season at 4-6, could only muster 104 yards rushing on the evening and 31 passing for 135 total yards.

Faith drove to the CHHS 1-yard line on the first possession of the game, but an inspired CHHS defense pushed the Rams backwards, allowing the home team only a 28-yard field goal by senior Brunson Watt for a 3-0 lead.

On their next series the Rams moved 65 yards in four plays, with John Griffin Bell going 16 yards for the touchdown and a 10-0 lead with 2:46 to play in the first quarter.

The Rams took a 17-0 lead on their next possession to cap a 39-yard drive, with Lacy dancing in from 2 yards out with 7:02 remaining before the half.

CHHS came out blazing in the third quarter after starting at their own 10, quickly picking up four first-downs and moving to the Faith 30, but could get no closer, turning the ball over on downs.

Faith took over at their own 36 and seven plays later Jackson Haney took it in from 2 yards out and a 24-0 lead with 3:23 to go in the third quarter.

CHHS threw and interception on their first play of their next series, and four plays later, 6-4, 320-pound offensive lineman Lucas Nathan Hall bulled in from the 2 from “The Elephant Package” and the 31-0 lead with 1:19 to go in the third quarter, which held up to be the final.

The success of the Faith running game Friday evening and this season was due in part by not only the size of Hall, but he was joined also by 6-5, 340-pound Jayson Seymore and 299-pounder Zane Hall, among others, all providing running lanes for the Ram backs.

Jonathan Carter led CHHS in rushing with 62 yards on 12 carries, Tyrell Jones had 26 yards on four carries in the opening third-quarter drive, while Pooka Jones was 6 of 23 for 31 yards.