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Faith Lutheran continues upward trend with win over Boulder City

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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’s growth under new head coach Vernon Fox took another step in the right direction.

The Crusaders won their third consecutive game with a 31-19 victory over Boulder City.

After losing its first two games of the season, Faith Lutheran seems to be finding its groove.

“We’re learning how to win,” Fox said. “I believe that winning and losing are both contagious. Once you get a taste of it, and see how good it is to get on the right path, it’s a good thing.”

Running back Fabian Lagudi had a strong game, rushing for 92 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown.

It wouldn’t be a Faith Lutheran game without mentioning running back Keenan Smith, who has been the most consistent Crusader.

Smith was kept quiet — by his lofty standards — rushing for a steady 107 yards on 11 carries with a score.

But as teams begin focusing on Smith, Fox acknowledged the importance of getting guys like Lagudi and quarterback Jake Deville (who also scored a rushing touchdown) more involved in the offense.

“A lot of people are keying in on (Smith) these days. People are on the lookout, and they understand how important he is to our offense,” Fox said. “Once we get balance, it’ll open things up (for everyone).”

Faith Lutheran’s Christian Marshall returned an onside kick for a touchdown, while Trent Dolby booted a 32-yard field goal to complete the scoring.

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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