Faith Lutheran won its eighth straight game heading into the playoffs, notching 28 points in the first quarter in a 53-6 home win over Western on Thursday.
The Crusaders (8-2, 5-0 Division I-A Sunset) got 103 yards rushing and 122 yards passing from quarterback Jake Deaville. Fabian Lagudi scored twice. Trenton Dolby accounted for 15 Faith Lutheran points, scoring on a reception, a field goal and six PATs. Vinny DeGeorge had a 60-yard TD reception. Robbie Schwarz rushed for 68 yards on 12 carries.
Western was led by Xerexes Tachiquin, who scored on an 89-yard kickoff return and rushed for 30 yards on 12 carries.
Faith Lutheran outgained Western in total offense, 414-29.
The Crusaders began to pull the first string in the second quarter, and Western allowed Faith’s special needs senior Clayton Rhodes to rush for a 2-point conversion.