Falling short can be painful but it can also be motivating if you allow it. Faith Christian Football fell one step short in 2018 and the hope it that failure will serve as a motivator in 2019. Coach …
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Falling short can be painful but it can also be motivating if you allow it. Faith Christian Football fell one step short in 2018 and the hope it that failure will serve as a motivator in 2019.
Coach Vince Siravo in his first year reached the 2A State Semi-Finals and now looks to take his team to the state title game in late November. As with all teams the replacement of graduating seniors is always a challenge. For Faith Christian, graduation has meant losing two All-State players in Jacob Thielen (DE/OL) and David Nagy (Running Back). The Eagles also lost eight other all conference players and their steady leadership.
But enough with the negatives, now about the positives. Faith also returns a large now-senior class full of experience and talent and with the advantage of already knowing the offensive and defensive systems of Coach Siravo.
Offensively the Eagles will rely heavily on starting QB Isaiah Kroll. He has started every game of his high school career since he was a freshman. Kroll now has over 30 games under his belt including three straight years in the playoffs. He’s got a strong passing arm and enough mobility to get himself out of the pocket and cause damage. The Eagles will also feature a new starting running back in Erik Grandados (600 rushing yards last season). Granados has great speed as well as power and should be an excellent starter. Three seniors are featured on the offensive line — Aaron Finch, Collin Dunn and Will Bradley. These three will anchor the two tackle and center positions and will try to pave the path for the running game and protect the quarterback in the passing game. Faith last season dominated on the ground and was effective in the air and that strategy will likely try to be repeated this season.
Defensively the Eagles return most of the starting unit from last season. The defensive line took the greatest hit in losing three key graduates (Thielen, Rodi Pankratov and Caleb Mauldin). However their backups played most of the last year and are more than ready to assume the starting roles. The linebackers are all returning starters from last year and all we All-Conference performers: Aron Buchmann, Joel Burck, Graham Kroll and Micheal Osgood. Faith had a top-10 defense last year and stayed consistent in their stinginess last season.
Faith will play its usual tough non-conference schedule by opening at home against #4 Resurrection Christian, 7 p.m., on Sept. 6. The other three teams in the non-conference are Kent Denver, Manitou Springs and University (Homecoming, Sept. 27). Faith will likely have to defeat Bennett and D’Evelyn to win the Flatirons Conference, but will face both those opponents at home.
The Eagles hope to play deep into those playoffs again which conclude on Nov. 30 at Colorado State University at Pueblo.
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