Faith Lutheran’s comeback secures first league victory

Faith Lutheran erased a 14-point deficit to earn its first Northwest League win with a 26-21 road victory over Palo Verde on Friday.

Faith Lutheran trailed 21-20 before Sagan Gronauer’s 4-yard TD run with 11:56 to play.

Grounauer passed for 245 yards and three touchdowns to guide the comeback.

Gronauer’s touchdown partner was wide receiver Elijah Kothe, who had TD catches of 41 and 20 yards in the second quarter. His 80-yard TD catch cut the Palo Verde (0-5, 0-2 Northwest League) lead to 21-21 with 6:44 to go in the third quarter.

Kothe had six catches for 162 yards, and Christian Marshall rushed for 75 yards on 19 carries for Faith Lutheran (2-3, 1-1).

Palo Verde quarterback Jonathan Schofield rushed for 226 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries.

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