Harker Heights went 6-5 on the gridiron and reached the bi-district round of the Class 6A postseason last year, and it was no accident.

The Knights were a talented group, but it took a lot of hard work and dedication for them to go as far as they did.

That hard work didn’t just start with two-a-days in the fall, however. It started in the spring and filtered throughout the summer and led to the fall.

The Harker Heights football team is in the fourth week of its six-week strength and conditioning program, and head coach Jerry Edwards said the workouts have been going well.

“It’s a continuation of what we started in the spring and led us to spring ball,” Edwards said. “We’re just trying to get bigger, faster and stronger, just like everyone else is. The summer is kind of the same thing — keep building on the foundation we built in the spring.

“We want to get the kids up together and work as a team. Build that team bond from putting that work in together — that blood, sweat and tears-type of thing.”

Edwards felt team leadership is often built throughout spring and summer workouts.

“We’re developing leaders during that time,” he said. “The guys are showing up when it’s not really mandatory, and it’s a lot of player-led stuff. You kind of see those types of guys — that football is important to them.

“You can see those guys show up every day and push everybody.”

The final three weeks, Edwards said, is geared toward building for two-a-days.

“The biggest thing is getting our legs under us, getting our shape and getting acclimated to the heat,” Edwards said. “We don’t want it to be a big shock to our systems once we get rolling.”

And the workouts can also help fortify the Knights’ cohesiveness.

“When you spend so much time with each other and are working and pushing each other, it’s very beneficial to be up here and grinding at it together,” Edwards said.

FOOTBALL CAMP SET

Harker Heights will be holding a football camp on July 31-Aug. 2 for future Knights entering grades one through nine.

The camp will be held at the Harker Heights fieldhouse from 8 to 11 a.m. and will cost $50 per participant.

Each camper will receive a football camp T-shirt and will develop fundamental skills necessary for football, including offense, defense and special teams.

The camp will be held by Harker Heights coaches and former players.

A concession stand will be available through the Knights Court Booster Club, and campers are asked to wear a T-short, shorts and cleats, as well as sunscreen.

For more information, contact head coach Jerry Edwards at jerry.edwards@killeenisd.org or 254-336-0860.

Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Previously spent time as sports editor at both the Hereford Brand and the Gatesville Messenger. Graduate of West Texas A&M University.

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