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Which team will step up in gridiron district race?

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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 4:30 am

If the first week of district play validated the idea that District 8-5A is wide open, then the second week confirmed it.

Now, it is time for someone to seize control.

Last week left the distinct possibility of there being six 1-1 teams in league play after the second week of district play.

We ended up with four.

Right now, Waco Midway and Belton sit above that mass with perfect 2-0 district records, though each was challenged along the way in getting there.

Midway will host Copperas Cove in a game that decided the district title last year, and was widely assumed to do the same this year.

Instead, Copperas Cove was stunned in its district opener against Killeen and even found itself in a dogfight in the first half of its game last week against Shoemaker.

This game may not decide the district title, but its result will certainly have an impact on the district race, with Copperas Cove either joining the conversation at the top or falling further back into the middle of the pack.

Like Midway, Belton also has a nice opportunity to make strides toward a potential district title when it hosts rival Temple on Friday.

If Belton can win again, it will not only give itself a shot at a district championship, but it will deal a heavy blow to the title hopes of rival Temple, one of the four 1-1 squads.

That brings us to Heights and Killeen, two teams that squared off last week and now sport identical 1-1 records.

I’d be remiss not to point out that it could easily be Heights sitting where Belton is had it not given up a 17-point second-half lead to the Tigers.

But Heights may have its chance to reach the top of the standings yet.

In fact, the Knights can actually be there by Saturday morning with a win and losses by Midway and Belton, making all of them, plus Temple and Copperas Cove, 2-1 in district play.

That’s right, it’d be a five-way tie for first-place.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, Heights finds itself in a role reversal this week against Ellison. Last week, it was Heights looking for its first victory against a Killeen team coming off a victory.

Because of that, the Knights are weary of a hungry Eagle team.

Killeen, speaking of which, may be wise to do the same against Shoemaker, who was close in losses to Copperas Cove and Temple, and actually entered league play coming off an impressive win against Round Rock Stony Point.

Add it all up and you have is a district picture that is perhaps even muddier than it was after the first week of district play. And there still remains the possibility of it getting even muddier this week.

But I’m looking for a team, or two, to step to the forefront this week.

Because after two weeks, the district is right there for the taking.

The question is who will step up and take it?

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