BRUSH - Their ranking says No. 4 but it is getting pretty hard to not refer to Faith Christian as the best after their victory on Saturday.
The Eagles went on the road and defeated No. 1 Brush 24-14 in the semifinals of the 2A state playoffs Saturday at Brush High School.
Faith Christian traded punches defensively with Brush for three quarters taking a 14-14 game into the fourth quarter.
But the Eagles would overwhelm Brush with a team rushing attack that featured different ball carriers over the entire game, and with the season on the line Faith Christian scored 10 fourth quarter points to pull away from previously unbeaten Brush.
While the Eagles have been one of the most prolific offenses in the state the entire season, it was their defense that proved to be championship-worthy on Saturday.
Despite 238 rushing yards from four Brush rushers, Faith Christian put the clamps on defensively, and shut Brush out in the second half.
In addition, the Eagles held Brush junior quarterback Kyle Rosenbrock to just 3-for-7 passing for 77 yards and an interception.
And even though Faith Christian head coach Blair Hubbard just wanted his team to compete with the likes of Brush, it is now likely that the Eagles will be the favorite going into a state championship showdown with No. 3 Platte Valley, who beat Manitou Springs 13-7 Saturday to advance.
Even though it took only 24 points to beat Brush, Faith Christian is averaging 48.5 points over the past eight games. The Eagles (10-2) advances to the state title game after losing in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs three consecutive years.