• December 22, 2014

Knights move step closer to playoffs

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Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 12:00 am

It has been over a week since Harker Heights put one in the win column, but the Knights are no worse for wear.

After a shootout loss to Belton and a shootout win against Killeen, both of which count as ties in the standings, Heights notched a shootout win against Ellison on Tuesday.

Unlike after the Killeen game, where Heights was disappointed to see a regulation victory slip away with two minutes remaining in the game, the tone was considerably upbeat after Irvin Barco sent the Ellison game to overtime with a 77th-minute goal.

“We’re fighting,” Knight head coach Ryan Flanigan said. “We’re getting the results, and we’re still in the playoff picture, so that’s all I can ask of them.”

Heights (7-8-4) has 20 points in district, four points more than fifth-place Ellison, with just over a week remaining in the regular season.

That means Heights can clinch the final playoff spot in District 8-5A with a win and an Ellison loss at any point in district play.

Flanigan said the Knights will have to find a way to score more if they hope to do that.

But the heart Heights has shown of late has been an encouraging sign.

“We’re struggling right now finding the back of the net, so this week we’re going to continue to work on that and find ways to get into dangerous spaces and work on finishing,” Flanigan said. “But we fought back from down a goal against Belton and against Ellison, so I’m proud of the boys for keeping their heads.”

Heights takes on Shoemaker next in a game that will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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