WACO — A battle of undefeated teams took place Thursday night in Waco and, ultimately, Waco High proved too much for Harker Heights, winning 28-12.
For most of the contest, it was a nip-and-tuck battle with both defenses playing well.
In the end, Waco’s two-headed monster of quarterback Will Richards III and running back Terrance Hamilton were too much for the Knights to handle. Hamilton racked up 113 yards on 19 carries.
The Lions outgained the Knights offense 368-271.
“Our defense played well tonight but a lot of the credit goes to Waco, they are a really good football team,” said Harker Heights coach Jerry Edwards. “Offensively, we were having trouble getting things done, and it cost us.”
In the first quarter, the Knights (2-1) were limited to only two first downs.
Waco High (3-0) broke through for the only points in the first half when Hamilton scampered into the end zone from 7 yards out with 5:12 left in the first quarter.
The 13-play, 97-yard drive chewed up nearly seven minutes of the quarter.
The Knights offense marched down the field in the second quarter, but could not manage to find the end zone.
On Harker Heights’ third drive of the contest, the Knights put together an impressive 11-play drive that took almost nine minutes off the clock.
Knights quarterback Robert Gray found receiver Alex Pons for a 27-yard catch-and-run on a third-and-7.
Gray ended the night with 194 yards of passing.
Facing another third-and-long, Gray went deep down field and appeared to overthrow receiver Zavier Rembert, but Rembert reached out and made an incredible one-handed grab for a 33-yard completion.
Rembert had a team-high six receptions for 101 yards.
Knights running back Matt Williams had five carries for 46 yards.
Heights got on the board in the third quarter on its opening possession when Madu Eneli found his way past a defender and broke free for a 7-yard touchdown run.
The point-after attempt was mishandled, though, which brought the Knights within one at 7-6.
That was as close as the game would get.
The Lions scored two more touchdowns in the final stanza before the Knights came up with a touchdown with 13 seconds left to play when Gray hit Pons in the back corner of the end zone.
“Defensively we stepped up and kept it a close game,” said Edwards. “I thought Madu Eneli, C.J. Parker, Alex Pons and Jared Kaltenbaugh all contributed tonight and kept us in it.”