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BELTON — Chris Brown looks forward to spending time with his 8-month-old nephew as much as he does to leveling an opposing defensive lineman on Friday nights.

Both bring joy into Brown’s life and he speaks of each with the same large smile. It’s no wonder that the charismatic player whose goal it is to be as mean and gritty as possible on the field also is known around Belton’s athletic complex as a wonderful guy with the nickname “Breezy.”

BELTON — During the first 4 minutes of last Friday’s game, Belton showcased its ability to score touchdowns rushing, receiving and on defense, and created opportunities with key plays from its kickoff team. It was a particularly useful 21-point outburst for the Tigers because it set the tone…

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BELTON — Things are going pretty well for Belton so far in District 12-6A, and the first-place Lady Tigers intend to keep it that way for as long as possible. Part of upholding that Tuesday night was ignoring the pull of contentment a few days removed from an emotional victory over perennial…

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COPPERAS COVE — Belton busted loose in a hurry Friday night with a 31-yard touchdown run by Mike Davis, a 28-yard interception return score from cornerback Trent West, a successful onside kick and a 44-yard passing TD from quarterback Ruben Jimenez to D’emante Smith.

BELTON — On one hand last Friday, there was better production from the offense, three takeaways by the defense and another four quarters closer to what the Belton Tigers want to resemble as the season moves along.

But on the other was a 20-point halftime deficit after surrendering 30 points in the second quarter in an eventual 12-point loss to Round Rock that had its share of one step forward, two steps back.

BELTON — A pair of offensive adjustments by Belton — moving running back D’emante Smith to wide receiver and starting Mike Davis in the backfield — created a spark for the Tigers, who surpassed last week’s 135 total yardage output by halftime against visiting Round Rock on Friday night.

BELTON — Abbey Karcher was fairly confident she would be on the varsity team last year as a junior. She was called up from the junior varsity squad as a sophomore to join the Lady Tigers for their playoff match and believed her time had come.

Tuesday night’s District 12-6A volleyball showdown at Wildcat Gym had almost everything fans would want in a match: Two fierce rivals playing their best in an intense matchup in front of a jubilant crowd.

BELTON — Food for thought. Fuel for the fire. Fixes to make first and foremost. Saturday’s film session revealed plenty to the Belton Tigers, whose 48-0 loss in last week’s season opener to Austin Westlake was the first shutout defeat since a 27-0 setback versus Round Rock Stony Point on Sep…