Copperas Cove's Micah Cox (27) returns a kickoff deep into Manor territory Friday at Bulldawg Stadium.

Two weeks ago, the football season started. Tonight, the playoff race begins for District 12-6A.

Harker Heights, Copperas Cove, Waco and Waco Midway will each host a district opener, starting a nine-week battle for postseason berths.

The Knights (1-1) are set to play Temple (1-1) at Leo Buckley Stadium, while Belton (0-2) travels to play the Bulldawgs (1-1).

The district’s two other games are between 0-2 teams. Ellison plays at Waco, and Killeen plays at Waco Midway.

Shoemaker is on a bye.

Elsewhere, Class 4A, Division I No. 7 Lampasas (2-0) plays its home opener against Lorena (1-1), while Gatesville (0-2) goes to Class 3A, Division I No. 3 Cameron Yoe (1-0) in search of its first win of the season.

Additionally, Salado (1-1) celebrates homecoming with a contest against Austin Travis (0-2), and Florence (0-2) hosts Holland (2-0).

Kickoff for each game is at 7:30 p.m.


Prior to the evening’s football games, the District 12-6A volleyball race continues with four games set to start at 5:30 p.m.

Copperas Cove (3-1) will look to rebound from its first district loss of the season when it hosts unbeaten Belton (3-0), while Killeen (0-3) travels to Midway, which is tied for first place with a 3-0 record. Ellison (3-1) plays at Waco (0-4), and Harker Heights (1-3) hosts Temple (2-2).

Shoemaker is on a bye.

In other action, Lampasas plays at Waco Rapoport Academy at 4:30 p.m., Gatesville travels to Groesbeck for a 5:30 p.m. start, and Florence plays a home match against Georgetown Gateway.


Ellison is the lone area team competing today, taking part in the Cleburne Buzz Run. Races are scheduled to begin at 7 a.m.


Lampasas continues its season by playing up when Belton comes to town for a 4 p.m. match.

Contact Clay Whittington at clayw@kdhnews.com

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