Barely a junior, Killeen quarterback Garrett Gaskamp managed two potential game-winning drives in the Roos’ 33-28 come-from-behind win over New Braunfels Canyon at red-turfed Cougar Stadium.
The first was thwarted on a broken up pass attempt to tight end Akeem Harrison on a fourth-and-12 play inside the Cougars’ 35-yard line with just under two minutes left. On the drive, Gaskamp completed his first six passes for 58 yards before missing on his final two attempts.
But Killeen’s defense, hard-hit by graduation, forced the Cougars into a three-and-out.
Then, with less than a minute left, Gaskamp scrambled for a
12-yard gain on first down only to have the run called back on a holding penalty.
But Gaskamp and the Roos’ offense, which had touchdowns of 77 and 69 yards in the first quarter, had one more big play left. He completed a 66-yard catch-and-run touchdown pass to Eric Jackson with 45 seconds left to give the Roos (1-0) their third straight season-opening win.
Gaskamp finished with 241 yards and two touchdowns passing and completed 16 of 22 attempts with a single interception.
Loss of James more painful on defense for Harker Heights
During the first half against Round Rock Stony Point, the Harker Heights defense was relentless, and at times stout, limiting the Tigers to just three plays of 10 yards or more thanks to the pressure provided by Darius James, who finished with 2½ sacks in just a half of play.
After James broke his foot on the last play of the first half (a sack), the Knights’ defense couldn’t provide the same kind of pressure, and Stony Point rattled off eight plays of 10 yards or more, including 15- and 22-yard passing plays to tight end Jordan Smith on the opening plays of the Tigers’ first and third offensive series of the second half.
Bulldawgs look to bounce back
Last season, Copperas Cove proved it could shake off a season-opening loss. Now, the Bulldawgs must show they can do it again.
In 2011, Copperas Cove rebounded from a single-digit loss to eventual state champion Southlake Carroll by winning 10 consecutive games, earning a district championship and a playoff victory in the process.
Friday, the Bulldawgs spent a majority of the contest trailing and lost their first game of the season for a second straight year as former district rival A&M Consolidated earned a 31-20 victory at College Station.
After tying the game 7-7 early in the second quarter, Copperas Cove immediately fell behind the Tigers, who responded with a touchdown 64 seconds later.
Dashiell, Jones each provide spark for EHS
For years, Ellison has been in search of a reliable quarterback to run its offense. Friday night, they may have found two. Despite a poor night offensively with just six points to show, both senior Rasheed Dashiell and junior Trent Jones showed the ability to move the ball effectively.
Dashiell, the game’s starter, flashed his proficiency for moving the ball on the ground with 43 yards on his first six carries. But turnovers, most notably fumbles, derailed four first-half red-zone opportunities for Dashiell. Jones was equally as efficient through the air, completing his first three attempts for 43 yards, including back-to-back 11-yard passes to Caleb Moses to begin Ellison’s lone scoring drive.
Temple QB Allen shows mobility
Syracuse didn’t recruit Temple quarterback Zach Allen for his mobility. His fancy footwork didn’t earn him a 12th-place finish, out of 25, at the Elite 11 quarterback national finals in the summer.
But the senior ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries to lead the Wildcats to a season-opening 41-24 win over Round Rock on Friday at Dragon Stadium.
Allen, who also threw for 209 yards and a touchdown, ran for touchdowns of 20 and 54 yards and threw a 45-yard scoring pass to Chad President, all in the third quarter, to help the Wildcats (1-0) run away from a close affair with the Dragons.
Shoemaker defense remains stingy
Shoemaker gave up 27 points against Waco University in its seven-point loss, but it was not all the defense’s fault. The Grey Wolves gave up only 226 yards of total offense to the Trojans, but five turnovers put University in solid field position for much of the game.
Shoemaker held the Trojans to 135 yards rushing on 37 attempts for a 3.6 per carry average. They also gave up only 91 yards passing to University and held the Trojans to nine first downs the entire game.
By the numbers
- 3 — First downs Harker Heights registered in the entire second half in Thursday’s 18-3 loss to Round Rock Stony Point.
- 3 — Third-down conversions by Copperas Cove. The Bulldawgs actually only converted two of their 10 third downs as A&M Consolidated helped by being called offside on a third-and-3 situation.
- 2.4 — Yards per carry Ellison’s once-potent ground game finished with in a 27-6 loss to Georgetown.
- 42.8 — Average yards covered in each of Killeen’s five touchdowns Friday night. The Roos had touchdowns of 66, 69 and 77 yards in their 33-28 win over New Braunfels Canyon.
- 299 — Total yards by Temple quarterback Zach Allen in the Wildcats’ 41-24 win over Round Rock.
- 27 — Yards Shoemaker outgained Waco University by (253 to 226) in a 27-20 loss.
- Round Rock at Harker Heights, Thursday, 7 p.m. at Leo Buckley Stadium — Both teams are coming off season-opening losses, though Harker Heights is reeling after losing star center Darius James to a broken foot while still without star running back Marcus Anderson II (broken leg).
- Ellison at Manor, Friday, 7:30 p.m. — Ellison’s offense struggled to punch it in the end zone despite repeated trips inside the red zone against Georgetown. The Eagles face a Manor team that nearly came back to beat Waco High after falling behind 20-0.
- Killeen at Leander Vandegrift, Friday, 7:30 p.m. — The Vipers are going to give the Roos another heavy dose of offense. Vandegrift totaled 520 yards — 283 rushing, 237 passing — in its 28-12 Week 0 win over Round Rock McNeil.
- Autonoma de Nuevo Leon at Shoemaker, Friday, 7:30 p.m. — Johnny Jefferson put on an offensive show — 194 total yards, three touchdowns — but the Grey Wolves turned the ball over five times last week.
- Austin Westlake at Temple, Friday, 7:30 p.m. — The perennial power Chaparrals present another daunting challenge for Temple. Westlake held 4A No. 2 Cedar Park to 159 total yards and zero points after a first-quarter touchdown in the Chaps’ 21-7 win on Friday.
- Waco at Copperas Cove, Friday, 7:30 p.m. — After leading 20-0, the Lions needed a last-second stop at the 2-yard line to secure a 20-14 win against Manor on Saturday.
- Belton at Round Rock Stony Point, Friday, 7:30 p.m. — In its first game of the season, Belton gets to see how it matches with a district rival when it plays Stony Point, which beat Harker Heights 18-3 last week.