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Still plenty of unknowns entering Week 2 of district play

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Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013 4:30 am

One week does not a district race make.

I wrote last week that based on non-district competition it’d be impossible to predict how District 8-5A will shake out, and after one hectic Friday, I like to believe I was proven correct.

That said, I believe that notion remains true heading into the second week of district play.

Shoemaker and Copperas Cove, two teams expected to perform well in district play, find themselves in a matchup of 0-1 district teams, with a nice chance to rebound for the winner.

In fact, even the loser of this game will have its chances to right the ship in time for the postseason.

It will just have to do so by digging out of an 0-2 district hole.

Harker Heights and Ellison also lost district openers last week, but both performed well in the first half.

Heights, in particular, seemed well on its way to a district opening-win behind 175 first-half yards from Marcus Anderson II.

Both teams have positives to build on, which is plenty reason not lose faith after one district game.

Knight coach Jerry Edwards preached for two weeks that as far as he was concerned, his team was 0-0 heading into league play, so I doubt he or his team is hitting the panic button after 0-1.

Even for teams like Belton, who rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat Heights, and Killeen, who defeated Copperas Cove for the first time since 1995, it will take more than one district win to reach the postseason, no matter how exhilarating the win.

What will be interesting to see this week is just how much parity from top to bottom there truly is in 8-5A.

There is the possibility that after Friday there will be six teams with 1-1 records in the district.

I watched the first-place team from 2012, Waco Midway, host the last-place team from 2012, Ellison, and for two quarters there wasn’t that big of a disparity.

If it turns out the league is better from top to bottom, it only means it will be that much more difficult for teams to grab the final two playoff spots in the league.

That, of course, is assuming two teams separate themselves as Midway and Copperas Cove did last year.

The results of the Copperas Cove-Shoemaker game Friday, and the Killeen-Heights game for that matter, will tell us a lot in that regard.

If Heights stops Killeen in its tracks and Shoemaker hands Cove its second straight loss, we’ll probably have more questions than answers about the district after two weeks.

All we know heading into Friday is that we don’t know a lot.

And after four games ranging from “compelling for a half” to “down to the wire” last week, this week figures to be just as compelling as learn more and more about this unpredictable district.

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