The Harker Heights football team held its annual spring game Wednesday at Leo Buckley Stadium, and the defense shined, racking up 37 points to 27 by the offense to emerge victorious.

The defense earned six points for a turnover, three for a three-and-out and one for a stop.

The offense received six points for a touchdown, three for field goals and one for extra points.

An interception by Mikelle Mason and a fumble recovery by Michael Mitchell gave the defense 14 points. Jalen Robinson also tallied a sack on third down for a stop.

Freshman quarterback Stacy Brown commandeered the Knights offense, completing 7 of 15 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing three times for 49 yards.

Brown connected with wide receiver Duncan Ard on a 30-yard scoring strike while Jaquan Tillis racked up six catches for 121 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown reception, and he also rushed for 31 yards on four carries with a score.

Jameel Hodges added 95 yards on 10 carries, and Michael Collier had 36 yards rushing on 10 attempts.


The All-District 8-6A teams were recently announced, and one Harker Heights player received a superlative while two were named to the first team.

Daniel Cole was named league MVP, and both Jacob Mitchell and Matt Smith received first-team honors and pitcher and utility, respectively.

Kaven Jones was named second-team infield, and Spencer Young received second-team outfield honors.

Jackson Rinehart (catcher), Zane Wallace (outfield), Tre Martin (third base) and Zach Elizondo (outfield) all received honorable mention.


The All-District 8-6A team were also recently released, and Ja’Lynn Swiney received first-team honors at infield.

Destiny Perry was named to the second team at infield, while Lindsey Ratcliffe earned recognition on the second team as an outfielder.

Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Previously spent time as sports editor at both the Hereford Brand and the Gatesville Messenger. Graduate of West Texas A&M University.

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