There is no good way to end a season if it doesn't end in a championship. The Faith Christian Eagles (9-3) season ended on a cold and icy day with a loss to the La Junta Tigers (12-0) in the 2A State …
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There is no good way to end a season if it doesn't end in a championship. The Faith Christian Eagles (9-3) season ended on a cold and icy day with a loss to the La Junta Tigers (12-0) in the 2A State Semi-Finals. In a match up that in hindsight was worthy of a state title game, these two powerhouses collided. La Junta came in with the reigning 2A player of the year in John Nuschy and with deep playoff experience. Faith came in already defeating two impressive teams in Kent Denver and Bayfield.
The weather was a factor, though perhaps not the deciding factor. Faith opened the game with two bad snaps which led to a fumble and short field for La Junta. The Tigers only had to drive 21 yards but still had to convert twice on fourth down, but a 4-yard dive from Nuschy lead to a 6-0 La Junta lead. Faith would move the ball most of the day but either penalties or bad snaps led to drives stalling out. The Tigers took over to start the second quarter and on the second play of the drive John Nuschy ran 75 yards to give La Junta a 14-0 lead. Faith finally responded with a solid drive of their own and Isaiah Kroll ran it in from 8 yards out to cut the lead to 14-7 heading into halftime.
Faith stopped La Junta on their opening drive of the second half and began to move the ball but on second and three another bad snap over the head of Kroll lead to Faith being forced to punt. Faith forced another punt but an interception by La Junta would result in a drive and another touchdown for Nuschy, his third on the day. Faith was stopped on a drive on downs and while La Junta was not able to score they were able to drain 5 minutes off the clock.
Faith amazingly drove 94 yards in about a minute with some nice passes from Kroll to Jordan Abbott and Michael Osgood. Kroll would connect with Osgood from 8 yards for a TD pass with 1:07 on the game clock. The onside kick was recovered by the Tigers and two kneel downs later the game was over, Final Score 20-14.
An amazing year for Faith who made their deepest playoff run since 2013 and a team that overcame an 0-2 start to advance all the way to the state semi-finals.
La Junta moves on to the state championship game, Nov. 24th at Colorado State University at Pueblo vs. the winner of the Platte Valley and Resurrection Christian.
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