Automax Marquee Matchup Preview: Harker Heights Vs Belton

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(September 26, 2013) -- With the start of district play comes a clean slate. Everyone is 0-0 looking for win number one.

"You always want to start off district 1-0. You never want to start out behind the eight ball," said Harker Heights head coach Jerry Edwards. "Both teams are 0-3, both are looking for our first win. I think getting that first win in a district contest will be important for both teams."

"When you taste that victory it just pushes you forward and forward and you just want to keep getting them," said Harker Heights defensive back Quincy McKennon. "So you just keep working harder and harder."

"I think it's very important because once we go 1-0 that 0-3 record in preseason really doesn't matter," said Belton defensive lineman Colby Priest. "If we're 1-0 then we're tied for first place with four other people. I think it's going to be a great difference if we're 1-0."

When these two schools met a year ago, it was a defensive battle won by Harker Heights 7-0. It's something you don't see too often in high school football these days.

"You don't see very many shutouts and you don't see teams in a full game only score seven points," said Belton head coach Rodney Southern. "I think that one was as much a fluke as anything, but again, Heights made the plays and we didn't."

In this year's game plays should be made all over the field. The Knights are averaging about 30 points per game, the Tigers, 35.

"It's more fast paced and we've got a lot more experience back," said Harker Heights running back Marcus Anderson II. "Our linemen, they're really opening the holes really well. Our Quarterback, he's throwing the ball and airing it up."

"Our offensive line has played really well," said Belton quarterback Shane Stafford. "We've had some running backs make a lot of plays and some receivers that have come out of nowhere to make some good plays also."


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