HARKER HEIGHTS — It’s time, once again, for high school football and the Harker Heights Knights are ready to take the season.

Harker Heights head coach Jerry Edwards is in his ninth season with the Knights, and they are predicted to finish as the second playoff seed, of District 12-6A, this season in this year’s Dave Campbell’s Texas Football catalog. He believes they’re set up for this season, well, with several key players still on the bench.

“We’ve got a lot of guys coming back offensively, we’ve got a lot of guys coming back. Defensively, we’ve got four guys coming back,” Edwards said. “Offensively, we’ve got a lot of our weapons coming back that played for us last year. It’s always good to have those guys in our arsenal, that kind of know the program, helped us get to seven wins last year.”

The Knights finished the delayed 2020 season in the first round of the playoffs with seven wins and four losses. Coming off of last season, Edwards knew that he wanted to put some extra focus on defense in preparation for this season.

“I think we wanted to work on our defense a little bit (and) make sure we can solidify that up. Last year, there’s a few games that were a little bit higher score than we wanted it to be,” he said. “This year we kind of focused in on locking down our defense and making that unit as best we could.”

Edwards was quick to list out three offensive players for fans to watch for during this season.

“If you look at the offensive side of the ball, Terrance Carter, big, tall receiver, big target, that we have. He is coming back after having a great year last year; he was the offensive MVP for our district last year. Marcus Maple was a First Team All-District slot receiver for us last year. Then you have Re’Shaun Sanford, who was the newcomer of the year last year, who lead the district in rushing yards. So, those are three of our higher profile athletes on that side of the ball. They’re going to make a lot of noise on that side of the ball for sure.”

This season, the Knights are leaving their expectations open, knowing that if they get better and better each week the only way to go is up.

“Our overall goal is we’re not going to put a cap on it. We don’t want to limit our team this year. Really the sky’s the limit, we’re telling our guys to go out there and get better each and every week and see where the season takes us.”