Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 | 10:25 p.m.
Keenan Smith rushed off tackle for a 67-yard touchdown run for the Faith Lutheran High football team in its first offensive series today, but the Crusaders struggled to mount much of an attack the rest of the game in a 35-7 season-opening loss to visiting Parker Lutheran of Colorado.
Smith rushed for more than 120 yards on about 20 carries, providing a bright spot on the rough night.
“He took a lot of hits, but was still able to grind out some yards for us,” Faith Lutheran coach Vernon Fox said.
Parker Lutheran returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and 7-0 lead. Faith Lutheran responded with Smith’s score, but Parker Lutheran didn’t allow any points the rest of the night.
The Colorado school led by 14 points late in the second quarter and pulled away for a convincing win in the second half.
“At the end of the day, we got outplayed,” Fox said. “We’ll never make any excuses. It is what it is.”
Faith Lutheran returns to action next Friday when it hosts Virgin Valley of Mesquite.