Every Tuesday the four Killeen ISD rivals convene at Leo Buckley Stadium, where each of them call home in the fall, for a 7-on-7 round robin.
And success can be as fleeting on these summer nights as they are on Friday nights in the fall.
Take Killeen, for example.
The Kangaroos went 3-0 against the KISD field last week only to go 0-3 a week later.
While fall camp is far away, and the regular season is even further, the latest 7-on-7 round-robin taught the Roos an early lesson in competing.
“Just because we went 3-0 last week we can’t play like that. We’ve got to build on it. We’ve got to play harder,” Roo quarterback Keondre Parker said. “That’s just a win last week. That’s in the past now. We’ve got to look toward the future.”
Harker Heights, meanwhile, felt the joy Killeen felt last week Tuesday when it went undefeated against its KISD rivals with a 3-0 record on the day.
For the Knights, who went 2-8 last season and missed the playoffs, Tuesday was the latest confidence booster in an offseason that has been full of them to this point.
“We practice on Mondays, and in our mind, we know that if we come out here and execute that we shouldn’t lose to any team,” Heights quarterback Troy Smith said. “That’s just how it should be with the players that we have on our team.
“If we come out here and execute, we should be 3-0, and that’s what we did today.”
But the teams that go 3-0 aren’t the only ones benefitting from the weekly
Shoemaker was the best of the Killeen ISD teams last fall, finishing second in District 8-5A, and is set to replace a number of key contributors on the offensive side of the ball next season.
The Grey Wolves went 2-1 Tuesday, and Demetrius Taylor, one of the players competing to start under center, said he believes the team is improving.
“I feel like we’re all coming together as a team,” Taylor said, “trying to make the right plays at all times.”
Ellison went 1-2 Tuesday as the Eagles try to rebound from a winless season last fall.
And while the Eagles believe they are far from a finished product, they know, like the rest of the teams, that any success can lead to improvement — as fleeting as that success might be.
“It’s hard work,” Eagle quarterback Jacob Ledford said, “but we’ve all got to come out there and just give it our all and just see how it plays out during the season.”