After winning three consecutive games, Harker Heights looks to continue climbing up the District 12-6A standings tonight, but it will not be easy.
In order to keep their streak intact, the third-place Knights (3-4, 3-2) must end an even more impressive run, traveling to play Waco Midway, where the Panthers look to extend their series of 38 consecutive district victories.
Midway enters the contest with a 4-2 overall record, including an unblemished showing through the first four district games, placing the Panthers in a tie with Temple (5-1, 4-0) atop the district standings.
The Wildcats travel to Leo Buckley Stadium to face Ellison. The Eagles (2-5, 2-3) are coming off a pair of losses to Harker Heights and Shoemaker, dropping them behind the Grey Wolves (4-2, 3-1) and Knights into a fifth-place tie with Belton (2-5, 2-3).
With Copperas Cove (2-5, 1-4) on a bye, Shoemaker travels to Waco (0-6, 0-4) to round out the District 12-6A schedule.
Kickoff for all three games is 7:30 p.m.
Elsewhere, Class 4A, Division I No. 9 Lampasas (5-1, 1-0 District 14-4A) looks for its fourth consecutive win, against Liberty Hill (2-3, 0-1) at home at 7:30 p.m., while Salado (4-2, 1-1 District 8-4A, Division II) plays a road game at Lorena (4-3, 1-2) at 7:30 p.m.
Gatesville (0-7, 0-1 District 5-4A, Division I) aims to earn its first win of the season at home against China Spring at 7 p.m. The Cougars are 2-5, 0-1.
Florence is on a bye.
Ellison can gain ground on idle Copperas Cove in the District 12-6A standings by defending its home court against Temple.
The third-place Lady Eagles (9-3) enter tonight a game and a half behind the Lady Bulldawgs (11-2) with the programs still set to play each other one more time Oct. 29.
Temple (6-7) is in a must-win situation to keep its playoff hopes alive, trailing Ellison and Belton (9-3) for the fourth and final postseason seed with only three matches remaining.
Playing for pride, Harker Heights (3-9) travels to first-place Midway (11-1), while Killeen (1-11) hosts the Lady Tigers, and Shoemaker (5-6) travels to winless Waco (0-13).
Belton and Ellison can clinch playoff spots with a win tonight and a Shoemaker loss.
First serve is set for 5:30 p.m. for all four matches.
In other action, Gatesville travels to Waco La Vega for a 5:30 p.m. start, Florence hosts Austin Achieve at 5:30 p.m., and Lampasas plays Class 4A No. 8 Liberty Hill at home at 6 p.m.