El Paso Faith Christian scored the game’s final 52 points Friday and the Lions roared to an 82-52 win over Faith Triumphant in the Conquerors’ home football opener.
Junior running back Steven Lopez accounted for nine touchdowns for Faith Christian, including four in a third-quarter rally which turned a 52-44 halftime deficit into a 74-52 lead.
Senior quarterback Luis McCain ran for one touchdown and threw for five others, four of them to junior Caleb Richards, for the Conquerors (0-2), who lost at El Paso Jesus Chapel 85-39 in their opener last week.
Leading 23-22, Faith Triumphant began a run of three unanswered TDs with a 69-yard kickoff return for a score by Sean Pearson early in the second quarter to start a string of three consecutive scores. The Conquerors were up 52-30 after a 7-yard TD pass from Luis McCain to Caleb Richards with 4:50 left in the half, but they never scored again.
McCain’s touchdown run covered 52 yards in the first quarter. His other scoring pass went to Richards in the second quarter, covering 8 yards.
Faith Christian 82, Faith Triumphant 52
Faith Christian 14 30 30 8 — 82
Faith Triumphant 23 29 0 0 — 52
FT — Caleb Richards 46-yard pass from Luis McCain (C. Richards pass from L. McCain), 8:23
FC — Steven Lopez 7-yard run (Gustavo Alarcon kick), 7:43
FT — L. McCain 52-yard run (Seth Pearson kick), 5:46
FC — Lopez 33-yard run (kick blocked), 4:59
FT — C. Richards 35-yard pass from L. McCain (S. Pearson kick), 1:32
FC — Lopez 7-yard run (Alarcon kick), 9:55
FT — S. Pearson 69-yard kickoff return (kick failed), 9:43
FT — C. Richards 2-yard pass from L. McCain (S. Pearson kick), 7:09
FT — S. Pearson 8-yard pass from L. McCain (Eric Cathey pass from L. McCain), 5:14
FC — Lopez 44-yard run (Alarcon kick), 4:50
FT — C. Richards 7-yard pass from L. McCain (S. Pearson kick), 1:37
FC — Alex Arrendondo 9-yard run (kick blocked), 1:04
FC — Lopez 22-yard run (Alarcon kick), :06
FC — Lopez 45-yard run (Alarcon kick), 9:09
FC — Lopez 12-yard run (Alarcon kick), 5:14
FC — Lopez 28-yard run (Alarcon kick), 4:30
FC — Lopez 65-yard run (run failed), 1:10
FC — player n/a 77-yard run (Alarcon kick), 4:00