Harker Heights may be 70 miles away and nearly 47,000 students short of the University of Texas, but last week, Knight head coach Jerry Edwards said he understood how it felt to be the Longhorns’ head coach of late.
“I told my wife I feel like Charlie Strong,” Edwards said, referencing the Longhorns’ 1-3 start. “I know what he’s going through.
“It just seems like every week it’s some little mishap costing us a game or this or that.”
Like the Longhorns, Harker Heights (1-4) will be looking to get back in the win column this week against a defending league champion as it prepares to host Waco Midway tonight at 7:30 at Leo Buckley Stadium.
And while Edwards admitted that the first half of the regular season hasn’t gone the way his team had hoped, he also told his team that a turnaround isn’t as far away as it may seem.
“I remind them we’re a couple plays away from being 3-2 and a total different mindset,” Edwards said.
Harker Heights scored 18 unanswered points to take the lead against Ellison, including a last-second field goal by Seth Bodolus to close the half, a 2-yard touchdown run by Taquan Berry and a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown by Darian Burt.
But the Knights also had numerous botched snaps that either killed promising drives or actually cost them points.
In fact, the Knights’ first series of the game resulted in a botched snap Ellison recovered in the end zone for a 6-0 lead. Harker Heights went on to lose the game by a field goal.
Yet the Knights aren’t sitting back and hoping that the ball bounces their way for a change going forward.
“We kind of retooled what we’re going to do and what our game plan is moving forward these last five games and kids responded well to it,” Edwards said. “We had really a great week of practice.”
So while Edwards understands the frustration being dealt with in Austin, he is also optimistic that it won’t last for long.
And with a few well-timed changes, the Knights hope that turnaround will begin tonight against Midway.
“I think some of the things we did will pay some dividends, especially after we get finished with this game with Midway and go into our bye week and get more time to focus on it,” Edwards said. “But we like where we’re at right now.”