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Copperas Cove's Elijah Delacruz (4) tries to avoid Ellison's Taeylon Garland during a run at Bulldawg Stadium on Friday in Copperas Cove.

Copperas Cove’s playoff hopes could be on the line tonight, when the Bulldawgs travel to play Waco.

After reaching the postseason in 2018 under new head coach Jack Alvarez, Copperas Cove’s chances of returning are dwindling after falling to 0-3 in District 12-6A with a 21-16 home loss against Ellison last week.

The Bulldawgs, who are 1-4 overall, enter the evening at the very bottom of the district standings, trailing the Lions (0-4, 0-2) by half a game.

Also in need of a victory, Killeen (1-4, 1-2) hosts Shoemaker (2-3, 1-2) at Leo Buckley Stadium.

The Kangaroos are coming off a 35-28 loss to Harker Heights, snapping the Knights’ seven-game losing streak dating back to last season.

In other District 12-6A action, Temple (4-1, 3-0) looks to remain atop the standings as it travels to play Belton (2-3, 2-1).

In Class 4A, Gatesville (0-5) plays its nondistrict finale at Glen Rose (0-5) on the heels a 59-0 loss to visiting Lampasas last week. The No. 10 Badgers (4-1) are on a bye.

Salado (3-2, 0-1 District 8-4A, Division II) looks to bounce back from a 28-21 loss to No. 2 Waco Connally in its district opener tonight at home against No. 8 Robinson (4-0, 0-0).

Elsewhere, Florence travels to play Chilton (4-1) in its nondistrict finale.

All games are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL

A pair of crosstown rivalries reignite tonight as Harker Heights travels to play Ellison and Killeen hosts Shoemaker.

Copperas Cove is also set to encounter Waco on the road in District 12-6A competition.

Waco Midway comes into the evening atop the district standings with a 9-0 record followed by Belton (8-1), the Lady Bulldawgs (7-2) and the Lady Eagles (6-3). Shoemaker (4-5), Temple (3-6), Harker Heights (2-6), Killeen (1-8) and Waco (0-9) round out the field.

All three matches will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Additionally, Taylor will play at Lampasas at 6 p.m., and Austin IDEA Montopolis will host Florence at 6 p.m.

CROSS COUNTRY

The annual Lampasas Invitational will take place this morning along a course running throughout the Lampasas High School campus.

Along with the Badgers and Lady Badgers, Salado and Copperas Cove will be competing.

Races begin at 8:30 p.m.

In Dallas, Ellison will run in the Dallas Jesuit Classic beginning at 8 a.m.

The event will be held at Norbuck Park.

Contact Clay Whittington at clayw@kdhnews.com

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