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With his team trailing by four touchdowns, Faith tight end and linebacker Quentin Dukes never stop playing Wednesday in the Warriors 40-6 loss to Rothschild.
The Falcons were knocking on the door for another touchdown late in the second half when Dukes laid a bone-jarring hit on running back DeQwondre Green in the backfield. Dukes burst into celebration, but his teammates were hesitant to join him.
And thats one of the major problems that continues to plague the Warriors, who fell to 0-5 on the season a lack of team unity and support, head coach Lee Obie said.
Quentin stood out tonight as far as defense, Obie said. He really stuck it to the other team. That hit got him excited and I wanted the whole team to get excited about it. With Rothschild, when someone got a good hit, everyone got into it. Thats what were trying to teach. When someone gets a hit, I want the whole team to get in the same spirit that one individual is in.
Obie also said his team lacked that attitude in the first half, when the Warriors were still in the game. Faith recovered three fumbles but failed to do anything with them.
(Not taking advantage of turnovers) deflated some of the players, he said. Getting the turnovers made it exciting for some of the players, but for others it seemed to do just the opposite.
Obie was left to wonder how the game might have turned out before things got out of hand early in the second half when the Falcons made it 28-0 on their opening possession of the third quarter.
I think they could have beaten this team, he said. Even though it was 22-0, the kids played better in the first half than in any game all year.
The Falcons racked up 368 yards on the ground and the Warriors looked helpless in trying to stop toss sweeps to the outside.
Quarterback Johnny McPherson ran 15 times for 136 yards and three touchdowns; running back Tim James had 116 yards and a touchdown off nine carries; and Green rushed for 76 yards and two scores off 12 carries.
Faith put together a scoring drive late in the fourth quarter on the legs of quarterback Daniel Perez. Perez ran for a 9-yard touchdown with 32 seconds left to keep the Warriors from being shut out for a third straight game.
At press time, Faith was playing their final game of the season at home against Fort.