Now, the real fun begins.
For the past month, passionate fans from across the state have dedicated themselves to high school football.
They watched the games and studied statistics, read stories about area standouts and relived big plays on local news stations.
More importantly, along the way, they’ve loved every minute. Well, there might have been some moments when the emotions were not so chipper for some fans, but that’s not the point.
Regardless of how their favorite squads performed, diehards have paid attention to almost every move.
But the celebration surrounding high school football is about to grow exponentially in Texas, including at Copperas Cove.
And it is all due to the fact district play is about to begin for the Bulldawgs.
Sure, we all love watching the matchups leading up to now, but let’s be honest, nothing compares to district competition. It’s when rivalries are renewed and memories are made.
I’m not trying to take anything away from nondistrict games because they can be extremely intriguing, but they just don’t have the same pizzazz.
Every single team in the state has the same goal — to make the playoffs — and now is when they have the opportunity to make the objective a reality.
No matter what happened through the first few games, it cannot compare to what will occur over the duration of the regular season. It just can’t.
Now, every game matters, and every snap is crucial because one slipup can crush a team’s postseason hopes.
For the Bulldawgs, it all starts in Waco, where they will attempt to end a four-game losing streak to the Midway Panthers.
Snapping the skid won’t be easy, but no outcome is certain in district play because every team knows each other like the back of their hands, and the familiarity breeds some of the season’s best competition.
Crosstown rivalries are reignited and area powers collide in the hopes of winning and gaining bragging rights for the next year.
District 8-6A is an especially cool situation because every team is in such close proximity to one another. With four schools located in Killeen, Copperas Cove is less than 20 minutes away from some of its biggest and longest standing rivals. Then, you’ve got Belton just a little farther down the road.
Heck, even Midway is not that far away when you consider some other teams from around the state are forced to make 90-mile treks to play a district game.
From now until the playoffs, the games take on added importance for a multitude of reasons, but in the end, it comes down to winning and improving one’s odds in surviving the district schedule.
Whether a team comes into district play with four wins or four losses — or in the Bulldawgs’ case, having only played in three games — it doesn’t matter.
Now, the real fun begins.
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