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By Alex Byington
BELTON — Six years ago, Belton was at the bottom — winless. It was a program in shambles, looking back at an 0-10 season.
Peter Shelburne wants the Temple game back. And the Copperas Cove game too. Derick Bates wants Mesquite back. They were the only three losses of the season for Belton. And in each of them, a series of turnovers that resulted in one bad quarter doomed the Tigers.
Orlando Thomas is gone.
Just because they share the same uniform, does not mean they share the same opinion.
For only the second time in the program’s 34 years, the Ellison football team went winless in 2011.
The rest of the Ellison student population is on notice: Don’t mess with the offensive line’s bench.
Kyle Cooper is excited for the season to begin.
It’s often said there are two types of athletes – ones who love to win and ones who hate to lose. Tyler Jaynes loves to win.
After all the fanfare died down, and the phone calls from college coaches and reporters waned, Rodney Southern sat his star tight end down and changed the game.
The last time the Harker Heights Knights made the playoffs, Hall of Fame coach Ross Rogers roamed the sidelines.
A physical freak at 6-foot-4 with a 32-inch waist and a nearly 80-inch wing span, Naashon Hughes isn’t often outplayed on the football field.
One’s a linebacker at heart, the other is in build, but neither plays the position for the Killeen Kangaroos. But if their team needed them to, seniors Akeem Harrison and Deric Robertson would make a competition of it.
Four straight playoff appearances and the Killeen Kangaroos are still counting.
Kleg Kennedy is stuck in Brandon Scott’s shadow. But, if he has his way, it will not be for long.
Nothing will come easy in District 8-3A, and teams are preparing for a fight to the finish.
In 2011, Lampasas celebrated its first district championship in 22 years. The Badgers do not intend to wait as long for their next title.
When a 6-foot-4, 290-pound man gets in your face and tells you to do something, you do it, Shoemaker junior linebacker Malik Clemons said.
Channon Hall and the Shoemaker Grey Wolves didn’t have time for the losing streak last season.
The Salado Eagles are back where they belong.
Fabian Sauceda still remembers the moment that took him away from the teammates he’s come to know as friends.
Salado head coach Glenn Talbott was overjoyed when he heard the Eagles were moving back down to Class 2A after a two-year stint in 3A.
They do not understand, not yet. In time, they will. In time, it will mean as much to the players as it does to the Killeen and Temple communities because, eventually, something of great importance will be riding on the outcome of the timeless rivalry between the Kangaroos and Wildcats.
By Kevin Posival
Five teams in the newly-created District 8-5A combined for eight wins in the playoffs last season.
Belton Senior Activity Center’s annual Christmas party is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at 842 S. Mitchell St., Belton.