FORT HOOD — Harker Heights strong first half Friday evening wasn’t enough to hold off the Stony Point Tigers, falling 47-31 to open the 2013 season.
Stony Point opened the first quarter by driving easily on the Harker Heights defense.
The Tigers piled up yards, but were unsuccessful in finishing them off with touchdowns.
After the Knights defense managed to stall the potent passing attack twice in the red zone. Stony Point settled for a pair of field
goals before scoring their lone touchdown of the half on an 11-yard pass in the second quarter.
A two-point conversion was successful, and Stony Point managed to tie the game at 14-14.
Harker Heights took over with 3:54 left in the half, and after a seven-play, 75-yard drive was capped off with a 34-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Troy Smith to receiver Damaria Moon, the Knights regained the 21-14 lead.
With 1:08 left in the second quarter, the Tigers took over and began to put together another successful drive on the Knights defense.
With the ball on Heights 35 and only 10 seconds remaining in the first half, Harker Heights defensive tackle Nigel Leota sacked and stripped Stony Points Aidan Barrera, Heights fell on top of the ball, and with a single run play, finished out the first half leading 21-14.
“They have the capability to make the big plays,” said Stony Point head coach Craig Chesser. “Heights has a lot of talent, they have a lot of weapons on the offensive side of the ball.”
The Tigers went on to outscore Harker Heights 33-10 in the second half, with Tiger receiver Justin Gamble hauling in 85 of his 221 receiving yards and a pair of receiving touchdowns in the third quarter alone.
Harker Heights managed a field goal by kicker Austin Roden in the third quarter and Moon hauled in his second touchdown late in the fourth.
Now facing three consecutive road games, Harker Heights head coach Jerry Edwards begins to prepare his team for a daunting road trip.
“Playing away and playing at home it’s pretty much the same thing,” said Edwards. “Once we get our issues corrected, and get the mistakes out of the way, I think we will begin to start moving in the right direction.”