The Harker Height Knights’ first playoff game since 2016 did not end how they had hoped. After earning a spot following a 4-4 District 12-6A season, Harker Heights took to the road to play the Rockwall Yellowjackets.

Rockwall outplayed the Knights in all aspects of the game in its 47-7 victory.

The Yellowjackets swarmed and flew all over the field on both sides of the ball.

Rockwall’s offense was a quick-strike, big play offense scoring touchdowns of 42, 69 and 57 yards en route to a 41-0 halftime lead and scoring on all seven possessions.

Rockwall’s star wide receiver — Ohio State-bound Jaxon Smith-Njigba — proved too much to handle, as he tallied 119 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He also had an interception on defense.

Harker Heights avoided the shutout when its special teams blocked a Yellowjacket punt in the third quarter and returned it for a touchdown.

In the first half, it was tough sledding for the Knights offense, whose longest play was a 15-yard run by star senior running back Andre Gebhardt as time ticked away before halftime.

The Knights also committed four turnovers against the swarming Yellowjacket defense — two interceptions and two fumbles — bringing the season total to 27 turnovers.

From the get-go, the Knights struggled to move the ball, going backward on their first two drives.

Shaun West took over at quarterback midway through the first quarter from starter Terrance Carter. West gave the Knights a spark, but yards were too hard to come by to be able to march down the field and score.

Offensively for the Knights, Carter had 67 yards on 5-of-15 passing, while West (7 of 16) had 66. On the ground, the quarterback duo was held for negative yards. The leading rusher for Harker Heights was Gebhardt with 24 yards on 13 carries. Freshman ReShaun Sanford added 23 yards on five carries for the Knights who totaled 27 yards on the ground.

On the receiving end, Mikelle Mason led the way with 65 yards of five catches. La Princeton Dixon had 21 yards receiving, Jaron Millender tallied 17 yards. Reece Vazquez and Anthony Bledsoe contributed 15 yards apiece.

Harker Heights finished the season 4-7 overall. Rockwall (9-2) will take on Allen Eagles in the second round of the playoffs.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.