Clark forced five Faith Lutheran turnovers, including on each of the Crusaders’ first three possessions of the second half, en route to a 25-13 home victory on Friday.
Faith Lutheran (1-2, 0-1 Division I-A Sunset) got on the board first when Greg Benson hit Mark Rubalcaba on a 54-yard touchdown pass and Ryan Callan kicked the PAT. Clark (2-1, 1-0) responded with a 38-yard run by Ty’Rek Wells to start an 81-yard touchdown drive. A failed extra point made it 7-6.
Faith Lutheran connected again when Benson hit Christian Marshall with a 40-yard TD pass. Clark’s response was even more efficient, as Marquice Stuart ran the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. A successful Aquantay Morris kick tied the score.
Clark seemed poised to take the lead late in the half before Marshall picked off a Kareem Warren pass with 1:33 to play. The Chargers turned the tables with 10 seconds left in the second quarter when Veuiki Taumoefolau snagged a Benson pass and scampered 14 yards to give Clark a 19-13 lead at the break.
The Chargers took control in the second half by forcing and recovering a fumble on each of Faith Lutheran’s first three drives. By the time the Crusaders went on offense again Clark was up 25-13 with just four minutes to play.
Clark was led by 111 yards passing from Nick Kinnard, 80 yards receiving by Stuart and 114 yards rushing on 12 carried by Morris.
Faith Lutheran got 141 yards passing by Benson, 65 yards rushing by Marshall — all in the second half — and 86 yards receiving by Rubalcaba.