The Harker Heights offense started slowly in the live portion of its scrimmage against New Braunfels Canyon on Friday before eventually scoring two touchdowns in the final six minutes of the scrimmage.

The Knights know they can be better.

But then again, it’s hard to fault Heights when perhaps its biggest offensive weapon was shackled by a yellow jersey.

“Coach (Jerry Edwards) came into this game, he said, ‘Troy, you can’t run,’” Heights senior quarterback Troy Smith said. “I said, ‘well, all right. I’ve been working.’

“I’ve been working on passing. Our team has been working on our passing game, so we felt confident. We still felt fearless out here.”

Smith never shed the yellow jersey that signified he wouldn’t be running in the scrimmage Friday at Leo Buckley Stadium in Killeen.

And even the Knights admitted it limited what they were able to do offensively.

“That took away a quarter of our offense right there,” senior running back Josh Ellis said with a laugh.

But Heights was able to smile afterward because the Knights’ limited playbook didn’t stop the Knights from

being effective.

Heights opened the scrimmage with a five-play, 75-yard drive that Smith capped with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Weller. The drive started with Ellis gashing the Canyon defense for runs of 17 and 44 yards.

Heights hit on a big play again in the live portion of the scrimmage when Thai Goodwin took a jet sweep and found a seam for a 55-yard touchdown.

Ellis later finished an 11-play, 71-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown just before the scrimmage ended.

Afterward, Edwards said he was proud of the way his team controlled the tempo but that the Knights had room for improvement in blocking in the run game.

And the offense will continue to look for improvement leading up to the Knights’ season opener against Waco on Saturday.

But Heights also knows that it will be inherently more dangerous when its quarterback isn’t wearing a yellow jersey.

“I feel like (it’ll be) super effective,” Smith said, “because a lot of the plays where I’m handing off to Josh, in a real game, I’m 50 yards down the field after that.”

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