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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Football players get fruity

Football players get fruity

By Courtney Marco, Harker Heights Evening Star

After a hard days of running drills and working out in the sun, most people would feel as if their bodies were on fire. With sweat rolling down and sticking to them, there is no reprieve from the burning sun above. A longing for cool, refreshing food and drinks is a feeling shared by all.

That is why on Thursday, August 20, the Harker Heights football team was treated to a fruit fest right after their practice.

“Its always a great time and an opportunity to fellowship together,” Jerry Edwards, head football coach and athletic coordinator, said.
The fruit fest was put together to kick off the football season and get the players pumped and ready to play their hardest.

“They look forward to it,” Edwards said, “ It means the end of two-a-days and the start of real games.”

As soon as the coaches let the teams go, there was a mad rush to get to the fruit fest. Yells of gratitude and boisterous laughter flowed through the air as the players sprinted towards set up tables.

For the set up, the football players’ moms came together and created a fruit spread that filled the tables up from one edge to the other. Fruit ranging from pineapples to grapes to watermelon and many more, lined up the tables.

“Our football team moms did all the leg work on setting up and getting other football moms to bring in the fruit,” Edwards said, “the moms really stepped up and did a great job preparing and serving our young men.”

This is the football teams’ second time doing the fruit fest event. Last year, the football staff thought it would be a great idea to repay their players for their diligence during the summer heat.

“Our football staff came up with this last year to help reward the kids for a hard two weeks of practice,” Edwards said, “We will continue to do it every year.”

As the season starts up, the teams already have a busy schedule ahead off them with their first game being on Friday, August 28. They will play against Waco High at 7:30 p.m. at the Waco ISD Stadium.

The Harker Heights Knights have proven time after time how well they fair against others with several team members winning awards for their dedication on the field and their will to always come out on top.

“I am excited to start a new year,” Edwards said, “ I’m expecting us to be a very competitive team that will do great things.”

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