Killeen vs. Ellison

Killeen's Garrett Gaskamp stiff-arms an Ellison defender during Friday's game at Leo Buckley Stadium.

For Garrett Gaskamp, the bragging rights didn’t stop after the Killeen Kangaroos beat the Ellison Eagles 33-17 last week.

He likes having the crosstown competition that comes with the nominations for Player of the Week.

Now, Gaskamp can boast twice as loud after winning the award for the week of Nov. 1-7 for his performance against Ellison.

“You’re going up against kids on the city football teams, Belton and Temple,” Gaskamp said. “I think it’s pretty cool. On the football field, we’re not friends, but off the field, we’re pretty close.”

Gaskamp was named player of the week last season for his performance in the 2012 season opener at New Braunfels Canyon.

Killeen has won its last two district games and Gaskamp has the Roos poised to claim a playoff spot this week.

The Killeen signal caller earned 41 percent of the total vote (891) to beat out Shoemaker quarterback Ziere Banner, Salado cross country runners Ashley Adams and Preston Kimbrough and Temple junior running back Jeff Carr.

In his final game against Killeen’s oldest rival, Gaskamp did it with his right throwing arm and his legs.

With the Eagles defense concentrating on Killeen running back Daniel McCants, Gaskamp made them pay by completing 14 of 25 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns through the air while rushing for 36 yards and a touchdown in the win.

“When you load the box to stop the run, you’ve got to be able to throw the football and he was able to do that,” Killeen coach Sam Jones said after the win last week.

Banner’s good finish on Friday made him a runner up for the award.

The senior quarterback showed off his dual threat skills by throwing for 163 yards and rushing got 169 to help Shoemaker win a 62-59 shootout over Belton.

Adams and Kimbrough helped their respective Eagles teams make it to the UIL state cross country meet, while Carr scored three touchdowns in Temple’s win over Copperas Cove.

But for Gaskamp, the focus is no longer on the Eagles. Rather it’s on getting a win on Friday and taking some momentum into the postseason.

Killeen looks to clinch another playoff spot with a win at Temple today.

“We’re pretty focused, it’s do or die,” Gaskamp said. “We’ve had a good week of practice and I think we’ll come out fired up and ready to play. We know the situation we’re in.”

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