FORT HOOD — With a loss Friday night, Shoemaker could’ve fallen out of contention in the playoff race.
Instead, the Grey Wolves heated up the competition and further gridlocked District 8-5A.
Hosting Killeen at Hood Stadium, the hungry Shoemaker Grey Wolves snagged four interceptions and one fumble, and scored four unanswered touchdowns in a 34-20 win.
While the playoff race intensified, Shoemaker coach Channon Hall said his team wasn’t feeling any pressure.
“There’s no heat,” he said. “All of our goals are still intact. We set goals. With all those losses, they were still intact. This is one of our goals, to get this game. We got it.”
Shoemaker senior quarterback Ziere Banner extended his two-dimensional mastery into the second half of the season, completing 12 of 21 passes for 263 yards and rushing 172 yards on 31 carries.
“We played good offense, we played good defense, and we didn’t make mistakes against a good football
team,” Hall said.
Shoemaker gave away three turn-overs, but none in the second half, and the Grey Wolves were only penalized twice for 15 total yards.
Throughout the contest, Banner gouged the Kangaroo defensive front on draws and scrambles, opening up touchdown passes of 49 and 42 yards to Qwoy Blunt and scoring connections of 25 and 22 yards to Nahome Anderson.
He also added a 15-yard touchdown run.
“It is a state of urgency now,” said Killeen coach Sam Jones. “We’re 1-2 in district, but we still hold our own destiny, still got some key games in front of us and it could be a mess. You’ve got a bunch of teams who can play.
“Any given night, anybody can beat anybody.”
Both teams dashed quickly out of the gates.
Killeen quarterback Garrett Gaskamp easily found the end zone on the game’s first drive, running untouched on a 15-yard right-side keeper.
Shoemaker (3-3, 1-2 District 8-5A) answered on its third play from scrimmage, capping a 54-yard drive with a 22-yard pass to a wide-open Anderson down the left sideline.
The next drive resulted in a punt after six Roo offensive plays, but Killeen (1-5, 1-2 District 8-5A) inhaled energy after Anderson threw an interception on a wide-receiver reverse pass.
The Roos took over at their own 20.
An aggressive pack of Grey Wolves then stuffed Keondre Parker on an end around for a 5-yard loss.
On the next play, they nearly buried Gaskamp, who instead beat the defense on a right screen to Daniel McCants, who sprinted 71 yards for a touchdown.
The Roos then picked up more steam after they pounced on a bad snap on fourth-and-1 at Shoemaker’s 39.