CAPTION: Faith sophomore Asher Apel and the Flames are looking to close out the final two games on a streak to win another district title and host a playoff game. Photo by Stennis Shotts
The last two games of the regular season still mean plenty for the Faith Academy of Marble Falls football team.
If the Flames (3-3, 2-0) capture another district title, they will host a playoff game at Britton Field, their home facility. But standing in the way is district foe Round Rock Christian, which started the season at 4-1 but is 0-3 in district play. Since Round Rock Christian will honor its seniors before the game, Shipley believes they will be motivated to get a win. And that’s what makes the Crusaders dangerous.
“Round Rock is out of the playoffs,” head coach Stephen Shipley said. “They have nothing to lose. They’ll come at us to finish their season on a positive note.”
He noted the Crusaders feature athletes in every spot who are quick to the ball.
“Offensively they run their six-man version of the spread and they’ll run tight formations to run the football,” the coach said. “They can go either way. We stop the run pretty well. They’ll probably come out and try to spread us out and throw the ball.”
Defensively, the Crusaders will line up three on the line of scrimmage.
“They play aggressive,” Shipley said. “They won’t sit back and wait on you. They’ll want to make plays in the backfield.”
The Flames will rely on a slew of players, some of whom might be performing in new roles because of injuries. One who has made the most of his opportunities is freshman Andrew Houy.
“He can play pretty much any position on the field,” the coach said. “Depth is an obvious issue.”
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