HEWITT — For the second week in a row, a Killeen-area football team found out how potent the Waco Midway offense is.
The Panthers scored 35 points in the first half en route to a 42-9 win over Harker Heights at home Friday night.
Midway improved to 6-0 overall, 2-0 in District 8-6A play. The Panthers are ranked No. 8 by the Associated Press.
They have won 22 consecutive district games.
Harker Heights is 2-4 overall and 0-2 in district play.
Starting quarterback Tanner Mordecai got Midway on the board with a 17-yard touchdown run on the Panthers’ first drive.
Harker Heights marched 48 yards but was not able to get it into the end zone on three runs from inside the 5-yard line.
Seth Bodolus kicked a 27-yard field goal for the Knights’ first score.
Mordecai connected with C.J. Williams for a 17-yard touchdown pass on the Panthers’ next drive for a 14-3 lead.
James Fullbright scored a touchdown for Midway on their first possession of the second quarter for a 21-3 lead.
Midway scored with just over three minutes remaining in the second quarter as Mordecai hit Williams for a 65-yard touchdown at 3:06. Dylan Benites converted on the extra point for a 28-3 lead.
The Panthers took a 35-3 halftime lead on a third touchdown pass to Williams just before halftime.
Midway recovered a fumble on the first play from scrimmage resulting in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Mordecai to Demarcus Degrate for a 42-3 lead 73 seconds in to the second half.
Jaquan Tillis scored a touchdown for Harker Heights on a nine-play drive to start the fourth quarter. The extra point was blocked by Midway resulting in a 42-9 lead.
Jameel Hodges ran for 149 yards to lead Harker Heights. He had 80 of those yards in the first quarter.
Marcel Ramirez threw for 78 yards and Tillis caught four passes for 62 yards.
Defensively for Harker Heights, Rhomel Dudley recorded four tackles and Rees Vazquez finished with four tackles and a fumble recovery. Anthony Palmer finished with a pair of sacks for the Knights.