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LORENA — The Salado Eagles knew they needed something big to happen in the midst of a tight battle Friday night with the Lorena Leopards.

LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY — Paul Williams wasn’t sure what to think when he learned that an Austin-area receiver was going to spend his senior season playing for Academy. The second-year head coach was told the incoming player was quiet, hard-working, football-obsessed and possessed size and tale…

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BELTON — When the Copperas Cove Lady Dawgs entered Tiger Gym to face the Belton Lady Tigers on Tuesday night, a lot was riding on the outcome for two teams with just two losses in District 12-6A volleyball play.

JARRELL — Cameron Yoe’s senior running back tandem of Nico Vargas and James DeBose was on full display Friday night and had the Yoemen back on track in their return to district competition.

ROCKDALE —Though the Rockdale Tigers sported a perfect record through their first five games, their first real test came Friday night when the Lago Vista Vikings came to visit.

CAMERON — Zakorien Spikes is hard to overlook during a Cameron Yoe football practice. With a big smile and infectious laugh that can be heard from one end zone to the other, Spikes stands out as one of the larger personalities on the Yoemen’s roster this year.

ROGERS — The Rogers Lady Eagles and the Academy Lady Bees may not be battling for the District 19-3A title, but they’re still rivals. In the latest installment of the rivalry at Harley Doggett Gymnasium, it was a battle between two teams with eyes on the playoffs.

It was Rogers that prevailed Tuesday night, knocking off Academy 25-21, 25-20, 25-20.

SALADO — Alan Haire preached to his team that it would take a four-quarter effort to claim its first District 8-4A-II victory of the season. After playing Waco Connally to the wire last week, Salado’s head coach and the Eagles welcomed another sizable challenge Friday night when they hosted …

HOLLAND — After missing last week’s district opener at Hearne, Clay Cooper returned in style Friday night and gave the Holland Hornets the inside track for the District 13-2A-I title.

TROY — Even though it wasn’t the near-perfection the Troy Trojans might have hoped for, the domination they were looking for showed up.