Faith Eagles beat defending state champs to move into playoff semis

Nathan Mauldin
For Faith Christian
Posted 11/12/18

Faith Christian and Bayfield squared off on a brilliant sunny Saturday afternoon at Faith Christian High School in a 2A State Quarterfinal. Bayfield came in as the number one overall seed and as the …

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Faith Eagles beat defending state champs to move into playoff semis

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Faith Christian and Bayfield squared off on a brilliant sunny Saturday afternoon at Faith Christian High School in a 2A State Quarterfinal.

Bayfield came in as the number one overall seed and as the defending state champions. The Faith Christian Eagles entered the game playing their best football of the season, on an eight-game winning streak.

Faith stopped Bayfield on the opening drive and proceeded to take the ball 65 yards and ended it with an Isaiah Kroll 11 yard touchdown pass to Jordan Abbott. Bayfield responded with a 70 yard drive of its own, which ended in a Hayden Farmer 3-yard touchdown run. Faith took their next drive 77 yards — and converted six times on third down — and were able to score on a 16 yard touchdown pass from Kroll to Brian Turner. Faith would carry the 14-7 lead into halftime.

In the second half the Eagles would start with the ball, but Bayfield was able to intercept Kroll for the first turnover of the game. Bayfield with momentum moved the ball deep into Eagle territory but on a fourth down play Bayfield fumbled the ball which was recovered by Faith's Joel Burck. Faith was not able to capitalize on the turnover but pinned Bayfield deep in its territory with a punt.

The Eagles' defense was able to pressure Bayfield all game and finally that pressure resulted in an interception, returned by senior Jordan Abbott 30 yards for a game changing touchdown. Bayfield was able to score again in the 4th quarter and attempted an onside kick but it was recovered by the Eagles.

The 2017 State Champion, BHS finished the year 8-2 overall.

Faith Christian moved to 9-2 on the season and now will host the undefeated La Junta Tigers (11-0) at Faith Christian, Nov. 17.

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