In a way, it is fitting that the final 7-on-7 round robin between the four Killeen ISD schools will take place at Harker Heights on Tuesday.
To this point, the Knights have seemingly earned home field advantage.
Heights has lost just once in the local 7-on-7 round robins, a loss that came in the first week against Killeen, which didn’t lose to anyone that week.
Since that first week, Heights has gone 6-0 against its KISD rivals, building confidence and chemistry the entire way.
“We’re feeling pretty good overall,” Heights senior Josh Ellis said.
Killeen, meanwhile, hasn’t had the same fortune.
After going undefeated in the first round robin, the Kangaroos haven’t won a single game in the last two weeks.
“We feel destroyed,” Roo quarterback Keondre Parker said. “Nobody wants to step up, nobody wants to play.”
Parker said the offense has been able to move the ball but has been stalling in the red zone. The defense has also been unable to come up with crucial stops.
But Parker said the Roos’ woes can be solved simply by having better chemistry.
“We’re the only people that can do it,” Parker said. “We need the whole team to step up.”
Heading into the final round robin, team-building was a focal point for each of the KISD teams.
Shoemaker and Ellison have had an up-and-down last two weeks, both going .500 in the round robins over that span.
But the Grey Wolves and Eagles both said they’ll be happy if they can continue to come together as a team as the offseason continues.
“Our goal is to be more of a team,” Shoemaker running back Corey Wilson said. “Be a family.”
So while the KISD teams will meet one last time this summer with bragging rights on the line at Harker Heights on Tuesday, the true focus of each team will be not on the opponent but the team itself.
Of course, it also won’t hurt to get one last win against each of the KISD rivals before the regular season begins in the fall.
And Heights, fittingly, will have home field advantage.