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TEMPLE — Mesquite Horn entered with 3-7 record and Temple had the home-field advantage in Friday night’s Class 6A Division II bi-district playoff game, yet coach Scott Stewart and the Wildcats knew how talented and explosive the visiting Jaguars were.

ROCKWALL — As the second half wore on Friday night, the outcome mostly was decided and Belton’s season ticked closer and closer to an unwelcome finality. Still, something needed to be done: finish.

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Jerrod Hicks ran for three touchdowns and over 120 yards, and the Smith seventh-grade A-team Leopards capped a perfect season as American Conference champions with a 32-18 win over Liberty Hill on Tuesday in Killeen ISD middle school football action.

FLORENCE — Hamilton scored 14 points before Florence’s offense even took the field and the Bulldogs went on to beat the Buffaloes 75-27 on Friday in a battle for District 8-3A, Div. II’s final playoff spot.

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HEWITT — A victory over Waco Midway eluded Belton for the seventh straight season, and the Tigers’ setback against the Panthers on Friday night took with it aspirations of a shared district title, the league’s No. 1 big-school seed and a home playoff game.