Josh Weaver

BELTON — If any fans thought Friday night’s clash might lack the flair that Temple and Belton delivered during last season’s triple-overtime thriller, they were sorely mistaken.

One hundred points and more than 1,000 yards of offense — the latest installment of the storied series added its own back-and-forth goodness.

Temple opened the second half of the District 12-6A schedule in the same way as the first, with a three-set loss to Hewitt Midway.

But after Tuesday night’s 25-14, 25-20, 25-17 setback to the Pantherettes at Wildcat Gym in which the Tem-Cats led or were tied deep into two of the three games, Temple’s outlook remained steadied on working through its shortcomings as it aims to stay in the playoff hunt down the stretch.

KILLEEN — The vast confines of Leo Buckley Stadium had been an oasis of sorts for Belton, which entering a District 12-6A clash with Killeen Shoemaker was 8-1 in its previous nine games at Killeen ISD’s complex.

The Grey Wolves, showcasing that the league-wide talk of their up-and-coming ways certainly carries some substance, turned it into a den of doom Thursday night.

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