Killeen quarterback Garrett Gaskamp suffered a minor knee injury Tuesday during a Killeen ISD 7-on-7 league game at Leo Buckley Stadium.
The Roos’ two-year starter said he heard a pop in his right knee as he limped off the field following a third-down run. He was eventually helped off the field by coaches.
“I thought the worst, but Garrett’s a fighter,” said receiver Devyn Williams, “he’ll work through this. He’ll be good during the season.”
David Gaskamp, the quarterback’s father and the Roos’ offensive coordinator, said his son likely just hyperextended the knee.
Keondre Parker-Sheppard replaced Gaskamp and threw two touchdowns to Daniel McCants and another to Williams to lead the Roos over Harker Heights. Killeen finished 1-2, with losses to Shoemaker and Ellison wrapped around the win over Heights.
“I’m used to playing quarterback; I’m like an athlete,” Parker-Sheppard said. “My teammates keep me up and I know how they play, so I run certain plays so I can get everybody the ball.”
After Gaskamp injured the knee running for a first down, Parker-Sheppard finished the drive with his first touchdown throw to McCants.
The Knights answered two drives later, but missed a two-point conversion attempt and trailed 8-6.
Parker-Sheppard threw his second touchdown to McCants for a 14-6 lead and threw the game-sealing touchdown to Williams after a Knights turnover on downs.
“We always have somebody that’s right behind you, biting your tail, making you work hard,” Williams said. “When Keondre got in there, he just did his job like he was supposed to do: march us down the field and score.”
Gaskamp missed the final game and a half of the regular season last year with an ankle injury, but returned for the playoffs, a first-round loss to Mansfield.
The Knights, competing for the first time since former head coach Mike Mullins resigned last week, also finished 1-2, as did Ellison.
“It was really disturbing not seeing coach Mullins here today. But, we came out here and performed like we should have and we all stuck together as a team and it was fun today; we enjoyed it,” said Heights quarterback Troy Smith.
Smith ran for one score and threw another to lift the Knights over Ellison in their first game. But, after beating the Eagles, Heights lost to Killeen and Shoemaker. Ellison tied Shoemaker before beating Killeen. The Grey Wolves were the only undefeated team Tuesday, finishing 2-0-1.
Six months after leading the Knights to their first playoff appearance since 2006, Mullins resigned June 18 to become an assistant under former colleague Lee Fedora at 3A Navasota.
Smith said the team is moving forward by continuing to connect off the field.
“It’s summer, we’re just all trying to get that connection that we need to be great on the field, not just on the field — that comes from working in practice and coming to 7-on-7 on time and doing all the stuff like that. We’re just connecting as a team, building a good connection with the team friendship-wise.”