LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY — The stark contrast between a physical, veteran team and a young squad dealing with injuries and illness became evident as Friday night went progressed John Glover Stadium.
Five days after the fact, Brian Cope still is fired up about Lake Belton wide receiver Connor Bartz and running back Daniel Hardin chasing down Cameron Yoe linebacker Fabian Salomon at the end of the first half of last week’s game to prevent what could’ve been a momentum-swinging touchdown.
BELTON — A conversation with Lake Belton head coach Brian Cope rarely will lack a reference to the 212th degree, a mantra of extra effort he instilled into the program in its infancy.
It seems to be sinking in.
WACO — Belton’s boys cross country team placed three runners in the top 10, led by senior Zachary Dennison’s third-place finish, to win the Class 5A-6A division of the Hewitt Midway Invitational on Thursday.
Once a football season starts, there are rarely moments of pause. Things start rolling pretty quickly. So while head coach Brian Cope was thrilled his Lake Belton squad pocketed its first victory against an established varsity program last week, attention soon turned to the next task at hand.