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Smith lifts Faith Lutheran past Sunrise Mountain

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

Running back Keenan Smith scored three touchdowns to give the Faith Lutheran Crusaders their first victory of the season — a 31-6 blowout over the Sunrise Mountain Miners.

Smith ran for 156 yards on 14 carries with touchdown runs of 13 and 54 yards respectively. He also blocked a field goal attempt and ran it back 90 yards for a touchdown.

“Keenan Smith has been consistent week after week,” Faith Lutheran coach Vernon Fox said. “He ran hard and got into the open field. He showed great speed and elusiveness.”

It was Fox’s first victory as Faith Lutheran’s head coach, and signified validation for the late nights of studying game film.

“Let’s just put it like this, it’s very rare that I go to bed before 12:30 a.m.-1 a.m.,” he said.

More importantly, Fox said it was a much-needed win for the Crusaders (1-2), which started the season with a pair of losses.

“I felt like we needed that to turn the tide of where we were mentally,” Fox said. “We’re starting to turn the corner and get the season heading in the right direction.”

Romello Tatum returned a kickoff 80 yards to score the only points for the Miners (0-2).

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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