Harker Heights suffered its first loss of the season last week, falling at home to Waco 42-35.
After going back and forth with the Lions for a majority of the contest,Waco converted a second-and- 28 situation into a 45-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown to secure the outcome.
Senior running back Jameel Hodges led the Knights with 179 total yards and two touchdowns, including 124 rushing yards in the first half.
Markel Reo recorded Harker Heights’ first score on an 8-yard run to tie the score 7-7 with 2 minutes, 35 seconds remaining in the opening quarter. Then, Hodges tied the score at 14-14 with a 57-yard run exactly one minute later.
The Knights earned their first lead at 21-14 thanks to Michael Collier’s 27-yard touchdown run, but Waco would take control, scoring 21 unanswered points before scoring runs from Jaquan Tillis and Hodges tied the score 35-35 early in the fourth quarter.
Harker Heights (2-1) will look to bounce back tonight on the road as it travels to face Austin Vandegrift (1-2) tonight at 7:30 p.m.
The Vipers are coming off their first victory of the season after defeating Killeen 45-24 last week at Leo Buckley Stadium.
The Knights and Lady Knights produced identical outings at last week’s Cleburne Invitational as each claimed ninth place among the fields consisting of more than 20 teams.
Jasmine Early delivered Harker Heights’ top showing, finishing fifth individually with a time of 19 minutes, 15.94 seconds. Grace Wallace, a sophomore, complemented Early’s outing by crossing the finish line in 21:22.99 to place 47th.
Elaina Marks (69th, 21:54.53), Julia Arey (70th, 21:55.96) and Natalie Seib (80th, 22:11.57) rounded out the Lady Knights’ scoring as the team totaled 253 points. Re’Auna Sanford (100th, 22:51.39), J’Vanae Deshone (102n , 22:54.23), Aleya Johnson-Rudino (116th, 23:10.97) and Raquel Hatton (119th, 23:17.76) also competed for the Lady Knights.
Burleson Centennial won the Class 6A-5A championship with 30 points, while Belton (77) and Euless Trinity (128) followed in the standings.
The Knights, who tallied 262 points, were led by senior Ronald Ramthum with a 15th-place time of 16:28.87, while teammate Ryan Mittag, a sophomore, was 37th overall with a time of 17:09.12.
Luke Lawhorn (48th, 17:21.74), Ethan Thomas (61st, 17:35.19) and Ryan Chamberlin (109th, 18:27.19) completed the Knights scoring.
Quintero Angelo (119th, 18:51.68), Malik Goodrich (127th, 19:30.74) and Jalen Flowers (152nd, 20:48.92) also ran for the Knights, but their scores did not count toward the team total.
Waxahachie won the boys championship with 117 points. Belton (133) placed second, and Waxahachie Life captured third place with 134 points.
Harker Heights competed at the Salado Invitational on Thursday, and the Knights and Lady Knights are off this week before returning to action Oct. 6 at the Lampasas Invitational.
Harker Heights is entering the final stretch of its regular season schedule with three matches remaining.
The Knights and Lady Knights, who played Killeen on Tuesday, will host Lampasas on Sept. 29, Waco Midway on Oct. 3 and Shoemaker on Oct. 10 before bi-district competition begins Oct. 16.
The two-day state tournament begins Nov. 1 at College Station.