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Belton’s Maurice Reed (23) takes a handoff from Ruben Jimenez and looks to run behind the blocking of Thomas Bowman (77) on Friday in Belton.

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BELTON — The Belton Tigers didn’t necessarily need to win Friday night to clinch a playoff berth. That opportunity is still very much alive heading into Belton’s regular-season finale next week. However, posting a win against one of the top teams in District 12-6A would have been a nice feat…

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NEW CANEY — The Salado Eagles were ready to give Carthage a fight Friday night but fell behind early and never caught up in the Bulldogs’ 35-7 victory in a Class 4A Division II Region III semifinal.

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The Ellison Eagles threatened to mix up the District 12-6A playoff race Friday night. Instead, their season ended with a fourth league loss of a touchdown or less in a 24-22 defeat against the Bryan Vikings at Leo Buckley Stadium.

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Even with the District 12-6A championship and the league’s No. 1 seed in the Class 6A Division II playoffs in its back pocket, Temple had business to tend to Friday night.

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Texas high school football playoff pairings, provided by Texas Football magazine and texasfootball.com, distributed by The Associated Press.

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BELTON — Playing in their first game since Oct. 30, the Belton Tigers were understandably concerned about how they would physically respond in their first contest in three weeks. Belton also wanted to limit the explosive, big-play ability for which Ellison garnered a reputation around Distri…

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BELTON — Tasked with protecting what was left of an 18-point, second-half lead, Salado’s defense welcomed the opportunity that presented itself with 1:27 remaining in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s Class 4A Division II area-round playoff.

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If the never-ending smiles afterward didn’t give it away, all that dancing to the blaring music that spilled out of the locker room certainly did. Indeed, the District 12-6A title belongs to Temple.

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ROGERS — One of the biggest triumphs of the year for the Rogers Eagles, and any other team that gets to do so in this pandemic-plagued season, was to play a full 10-game schedule.

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Tonight’s football game between Killeen High School and Copperas Cove High School, scheduled for Leo Buckley Stadium in Killeen, was postponed amid COVID concerns from the visiting team, according to a news release from Killeen Independent School District spokeswoman Taina Maya.

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BELTON — Chances of completing every District 12-6A football game as originally scheduled were slim during the COVID-19 pandemic, and reality set in Tuesday when Belton High postponed this week’s contest against Harker Heights because of positive virus cases and quarantines resulting from co…