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NICK TALBOT: Local teams not capitalizing on big-time stars


The talent is here.

The wins? Not usually.

Ellison extended its losing streak to 25 games in a loss to Belton.

Waco Midway blew past Temple late.

Harker Heights ruined Killeen’s momentum, a week after it broke an 11-game losing streak to Copperas Cove. And while that is good for the Knights, who were winless, it does not help any KISD team make the playoffs. All it does is muddy the playoff race, which was already dirtier than anyone on “Duck Dynasty.”

Another week has gone by, and while players continue to shine here in Central Texas, the teams do not.

It’s a different story on the next levels.

Everyone across the nation already knows about Robert Griffin III and what he means to this area.

And even though he is out with a concussion, Belton’s David Ash has made a name for himself as the starting quarterback at the University of Texas.

Lache Seastrunk? The Baylor and Temple product might be the best running back in the nation, averaging more than 11 yards per carry this season. He led Baylor to a huge win over West Virginia on Saturday.

Then there are the stalwarts, the ones that started everything — Tommie Harris, Charles Tillman, Roy Miller. They all made it to the NFL. Harris and Tillman are, or were All-Pros.

And then there are those that are destined to make it the next level.

Copperas Cove quarterback Manny Harris shined the brightest, once again.

Harris completed 27 of 40 passes for 353 yards and seven touchdowns, while also rushing 14 times for 73 yards and the Bulldawgs’ lone rushing touchdown in the Dawgs’ 63-41 win over Shoemaker.

In half a season, Harris has already thrown for 1,844 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Harris is not just going to break Robert Griffin’s records.

He is going to obliterate them.

Harris only needs 163 yards to break the single-season record (2,007 set by RG3 in 2006) and he has five games and maybe a playoff game or two to do it.

By the end of the season, he might double it — 4,000 yards. It is possible.

But Harris is not alone in his dominance.

Killeen is just 1-4 after suffering the loss to Harker Heights on Friday.

But that is not Daniel McCants’ fault.

Last year, he set the single- season KISD rushing record.

This season might be even better.

He has rushed for 830 yards and 11 touchdowns. That is a 1,660-yard and 22-touchdown pace.

If he has another game like he did against Copperas Cove two weeks ago, he could break his own KISD rushing record.

And that has become the norm around Central Texas lately.

Records fall every week. Unfortunately, so do the local teams. KISD is a combined 4-16 halfway through the season, and one of those wins came against another KISD team — Harker Heights over Killeen.

Something has to give.

At some point these huge performances and huge talents need to win football games.

It is not on the players. They’ve done their part.

The talent is here.

And hopefully someday, the wins will be too.