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Faith Lutheran claims Division I-A Sunset title with victory over Cheyenne

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Faith Lutheran football players, from left, Danny Otuwa, Hayden Solis, Keenan Smith and Vinny DeGeorge on July 30, 2013.

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Faith Lutheran coach Vernon Fox didn’t want to leave his chances to win the Division I-A Sunset Division title to fate — the kind involving a series of complicated tiebreakers.

He wanted to keep it in his team’s hands.

“That’s always the best way to handle that situation,” Fox said. “We wanted to do our best to win the game, and put it to rest.”

Put it to rest the Crusaders did. Faith Lutheran (7-2, 4-0 Division I-A Sunset) took care of business, beating Cheyenne 27-8 to win the Division I-A Sunset Division title.

“They’ve worked extremely hard, and to reel off seven straight is not easy,” Fox said. “We’re grateful to God for the opportunity, and it really solidifies what this season has been to us. It put us in the position to control our own destiny.”

Fabian Lagudi led the way, rushing for 93 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown.

The Desert Shields (2-6, 2-2) keyed in on Keenan Smith, who had been one of Faith Lutheran’s most consistent runners. Smith was limited to 12 yards on seven carries.

But with Smith taken out of the game by design, it opened things up for quarterback Jake Deaville.

Deaville continued to show improvement under center, and it paid dividends. He completed 8-for-12 passing for 114 yards with two touchdowns (10-yard pass to Mark Rubalcaba and a 39-yard strike to Vinny DeGeorge).

“He’s a strong piece of the (offensive) puzzle,” Fox said of Deaville’s development. “That makes us more lethal as a team.”

With the division title in hand, Fox acknowledges the challenge of keeping his team focused heading into the final week of the season.

Paul Delos Santos can be reached at 990-2416 or mail to [email protected] Follow Paul on Twitter at twitter.com/pauliedelos.

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