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JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER

MARBLE FALLS — Two games remain for the Faith Academy of Marble Falls football team, and head coach Stephen Shipley is preaching that the Flames need to win out to leave no doubt about reaching the playoffs.

“A third win (in Division III District 4 of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) this week, that could put us in second place,” he said. “I told the kids, ‘Let’s not let a point system and tiebreaker control our destiny. Let’s control it and win a big road game.’”

But standing in the way is Brazos Christian, which is coming off a 45-43 loss to Waco’s Reicher Catholic High School last week in a battle for the district crown. Also new this year is that TAPPS approved big-school and small-school divisions for the playoffs. The two qualifying playoff teams with the largest enrollment will go into one division, while the two qualifying teams with the smaller enrollment will enter the other.

The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Brazos Christian, 3000 W. Villa Maria Road in Bryan.

The Eagles (5-2, 2-1) are led by senior quarterback Jacob Jordan, who threw for 1,300 yards last year, and junior running back Tucker Hartis, who ran for 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2015.   

Jordan is typically in the shotgun.

“They can run the ball well,” Shipley said. “They’re powerful on offense. We know we’ll have our hands full.”

He said the Flames will have to change up some things defensively to slow down the Eagles.

Meanwhile, Faith must contend with a Brazos defense that changes formations with the aim of confusing quarterbacks to get clear pathways to the ball.

“They fly to the football,” Shipley said. “We’re going to have to establish a run game. We’re going to have to run the ball well.”

That starts with a solid offensive line handling the shifts and opening gaps for ball carriers.

jfierro@thepicayune.com