By Kevin Posival
Harker Heights Herald
Greg Haynes made a mistake, a big one.
Then, the Harker Heights senior receiver/kick returner made a play, a monumental one.
After fumbling one kickoff return, Haynes returned the next one he saw 93 yards for a critical touchdown in Harker Heights' 38-27 win over Killeen Sept. 9 at Leo Buckley Stadium.
"(Beating Killeen) is not something really that we talked about, but we wanted to come out," Heights coach Mike Mullins said. "They're a good football team and I think we were pretty good, but neither one of us were good in (both halves), at times."
Marvin Jackson ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in the first half, leading a near-perfect Knights team to a 31-0 lead at halftime.
A less-than-perfect Heights team emerged from the locker room after the intermission, but Haynes' return was enough to give the Knights (2-1) their first win over Killeen since 2005.
"We didn't come out in the second ready to play," Jackson said. "I guess everybody had that mentality that we already had this one in the bag."
Harker Heights had 396 yards of offense in the first half and held Killeen (2-1) to just 23 and a single first down, but after the second half kick off, the two teams reversed roles and finished in the old Killeen-Harker Heights nail-biting, rivalry style.
"We didn't play well early, but give them credit, Harker Heights is huge and they came out quick," Killeen coach Sam Jones said. "By the time we adjusted, it was 31-0."
Victor Scott's 35-yard touchdown run on the Roos' (2-1) first drive of the second half broke the Knights' shutout bid and Haynes' fumble on the ensuing kickoff was immediately capitalized on by Keaton Morris. Morris recovered at the Heights 8 and stretched into the end zone, cutting the Knights' once-comfortable lead to just 31-13 after the failed PAT.
Haynes followed with his touchdown return. While it didn't seal the Knights' second consecutive win this season, it did all but stop the negative momentum Heights was starting to pick up in the second half.
"I could see it really turning in a hurry and we knew we needed to slow that momentum down - all the bad things - and get back to what we do best," Mullins said.
Jackson had seven carries on Heights' game-opening 11-play drive, including the 2-yard run that gave the Knights a 7-0 lead with 7:08 left in the first.
Gatesville knocks off Salado in OT
GATESVILLE - Maybe the number can make all the difference.
After changing jerseys late in the fourth quarter, switching to No. 3 after his usual No. 9 got torn, Gatesville junior quarterback Cole Edmiston was a perfect 4-for-4 for 132 yards and touchdowns of 45 and 77 yards to force overtime against upstart Salado.
Once there, Edmiston made only one throw - a 6-yard touchdown strike to Taylor Donaldson - and kicker Sebastian Corrales gave Gatesville the slightest of margins with his sixth extra point of the night as the Hornets fought back from a 28-7 third-quarter deficit to win 35-34 Sept. 9 at McKamie Stadium.
"We just stuck with it, we always say 'Hornet fight never dies' and that right there just proved what we're all about," said Edmiston, who finished 12-of-27 for 197 yards passing and three touchdowns.
It was a major flip from the first half when it was Salado's passing attack that seemed unstoppable.
Eagles junior quarterback Mike Richardson - who missed last week after receiving 13 stitches in his left (non-throwing) hand in Week 0 - had nine straight completions and for 277 yards with three first-half touchdowns and a 2-yard run for another score as Salado led 28-7 with 9:46 left in the third. Richardson finished 16-of-26 for 345 yards but completed just two of his final seven passes following a pivotal fourth-quarter interception.