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Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 1:13 pm, Mon Dec 2, 2013.

For the second consecutive week, Harker Heights was in position to erase a two-score halftime deficit, and for the second week its opponent kept the Knights at bay with big plays on the ground. 

Jeff Carr rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns while defensive lineman O’Sha Solomon sealed the victory for Temple with a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown to cap a 42-21 win at Leo Buckley Stadium.

Quarterback Chase Truelove also had 102 yards rushing and three touchdowns as Temple dominated on the ground.

“I thought our effort was outstanding,” Wildcat coach Mike Spradlin said. “I thought we stayed with the momentum we created the last couple of weeks against a team, quite frankly…those guys are very talented and very good.”

A week after Shoemaker ran for 386 yards against Heights, Temple (5-3, 4-1 in District 8-5A) piled up 381 rushing yards while taking advantage of each and every Knight miscue.

“We were kind of our own worst enemy tonight,” Heights coach Jerry Edwards said. “We gave them short field twice and the onside kick, and the fumble into the end zone and not getting the key stops on third down.”

Heights (2-6, 2-3) seemed to execute its game plan of keeping the Wildcat offense off the field, but Temple capitalized on the possessions it did have, and often did so very quickly.

Heights began the game with a 4 minute, 42 second drive that ended in a missed field goal and later chewed up 4 minutes, 59 seconds on a drive that was capped by Troy Smith sneaking in for a 1-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead at the 9:49 mark in the second.

The Knights ran just 14 plays the rest of the first half as Temple scored 21 unanswered in just seven plays.

Temple began its rally with a 10-play drive that included its second fourth down conversion of the game and ended with an 8-yard touchdown run by Truelove to knot the score at 7.

After an 18-yard punt, Temple took over at the Heights’ 48 and scored in just three plays on a 36-yard scamper by Carr, who had 118 yards in the first half.

The Wildcats then recovered an onside kick and scored in three plays again on a 19-yard run by Truelove for a 21-7 lead with 2:41 to play in the first half.

But Heights rallied in the second half by forcing a three-and-out after a 73-yard touchdown run by Carr was called back on a penalty.

The Knights then pulled within a touchdown on a 1-yard run by Marcus Anderson II with 7:01 remaining in the third.

Anderson was hobbled again by an ankle he injured two weeks prior against Ellison, but gutted out 17 carries for 91 yards to help Heights stay in the game.

“I’m really proud of how our kids played,” Edwards said. “They played hard, they fought the whole game.

“We were really kind of in the game. The score doesn’t reflect that, but we were in the game all the way into the fourth quarter.”

After Heights pulled within seven points for a second time, Temple retaliated again in just three plays as Carr turned the corner on a sweep and raced past the secondary for a 63-yard touchdown.

On the ensuing Knight drive, James Judie not only sacked the quarterback on third down but also forced a fumble, which Solomon picked up and ran in from two yards out to essentially put Heights away.

“I was just proud of the fact that we grinded,” Spradlin said. “And then, of course, I think the fumble recovery for a touchdown down there was huge.”

And while Heights has its work cut out, with first-place Waco Midway and Copperas Cove left on the schedule, the Knights weren’t fretting after the game.

“We’ve just got to win two more,” Edwards said. “We’ve got two more games, and we’re going to do the best we can.”

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7 comments:

  • cz14 posted at 12:47 pm on Sun, Oct 27, 2013.

    cz14 Posts: 24

    I DON'T HAVE ANY KIDS ON THE TEAM ---BUT IT'S A DAM SHAME THAT WE HAVE A NUMBER OF JUNIOR AND SENIOR PLAYERS THAT MAKES EVERY PRACTICE WORKS HARD DRESSES FOR THE FRIDAY EVENT AND HAS NEVER PLAYED IN ANY GAME.--THIS NEW HEAD COACH WANT'S TO WIN SO BAD THAT HE CONTINUED TO RUN ( #22 ) KNOWING HE HOBBLED OFF HURT SEVERAL TIMES.--THIS KID DIDN'T PLAY ANY THE PREVIOUS GAME BECAUSE OF THE SAME ANKLE INJURY---AND NO MATTER HOW GOOD HE IS THATS THE WAY YOU SET HIM UP FOR LONG TERM --PLAY HIM TILL HE DROPS--IF I HAD THE POWER I WOULD FIRE THAT OFFENSIVE COACH.

     
  • MAJAG89 posted at 10:37 am on Sun, Oct 27, 2013.

    MAJAG89 Posts: 52

    No. I'm just HS football fan.
    But I know bad coaching when I see it. I never thought I would miss Coach Mullens but for a brief few minutes Friday night I sure did. Then I came to my senses.
    However at least he would have tried to throw the ball even if he knew it won't change the outcome of the game.
    Coaches can't quit trying for the win. The players see it when the coaches quit and then they quit.
    When times get tough, the correct response is not to quit.
    HH coaching staff did not deliver that message to the kids Friday night and that is a greater travesty than actually losing the game (a game that was decided not on player talent, but in fact was lost due to a lack of coaching).

     
  • Baylor posted at 3:13 pm on Sat, Oct 26, 2013.

    Baylor Posts: 124

    Do you guys have son's playing?

     
  • MAJAG89 posted at 8:42 am on Sat, Oct 26, 2013.

    MAJAG89 Posts: 52

    The Knights offensive game plan continues to be a pathwork of inconsistencies that hold this team back.
    They always run on first down. They always take forever to get a play called from the sideline. Kids seem to not know to get out of bounds to stop the clock when trying to score at the end of the half.
    Only the Knight Coaches failed to notice that Temple team defense pursit speed was too much for the Knights to effective run toss-sweeps.
    However the short 5 to 10 yard pass play to the sideline was open ALL NIGHT. It's a shame the Knights only threw that route 3 times (all for completions).

     
  • MAJAG89 posted at 8:37 am on Sat, Oct 26, 2013.

    MAJAG89 Posts: 52

    This loss is absolutely on the Coaching Staff.
    This staff is horrible.
    There is no clock management.
    Everyone at Leo Buckley knew Temple was going to kick the onside kick after going up 14-7. Less than 4 minutes left in the half, with Temple getting the ball to start the 3rd quarter and getting to kick off from the Knights 45. It was closest thing to a sure bet ther ever was.
    How in the world did the coaching staff NOT have the Knight s ready for that play?
    Inexcusable.

     
  • TX1 posted at 7:32 am on Sat, Oct 26, 2013.

    TX1 Posts: 9

    Harker Heights Knights : A terrible in justice has plagued the team all season it's the Offensive Coordinators! Every other team that they played has a Hurry Up Offense!!!! Is that to difficult to handle? Wasted too much time to call a play! Check the film and clock! Need to step it up or step down! Hope the latter!

     
  • TX1 posted at 7:23 am on Sat, Oct 26, 2013.

    TX1 Posts: 9

    Harker Heights Knights: I don't know if the guy up siting up stairs or the guy on the field calling the Offensive plays are doing a terrible in justice to the whole knights team!!!!!! Every other opponent that they have faced has an Hurry Up Offense!!!!!! Valuable time is wasted every game!!!!!! What is that too much to ask for?????? Offensive Coordinators need to step it up or step down! Preferred the later!!!!
    Make the right choice for the sake of the team!!!!!! Go KNIGHTS!

     

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