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Harker Heights tight end CJ Parker (80) makes a successful block, allowing quarterback Robert Gray (4) to gain valuable yardage against Elgin at Leo Buckley Stadium on Aug. 25.

Two undefeated squads will collide in Waco tonight at 7.

Harker Heights (2-0) travels to face the Waco Lions (2-0).

“Waco is big, fast, strong and physical,” said Heights head coach Jerry Edwards. “But we’re big, fast, strong and physical, too.”

This figures to be one heck of a matchup.

“Waco has a great defensive line,” said Knights’ offensive line coach Dan Pike. “They have a great front-seven — and we have to be successful in dealing

with those guys.”

Edwards, Pike and the Knights are banking heavily on the offensive line to help carve out a win against Waco. So far this season, tackles Sam Pinkney, Khalil Corbett-Canada, guards Elijae Scott and Lane Calloway and center Travis Simpson have been an outstanding unit.

“This offensive line of ours is very aggressive, they have a lot of experience and they worked so hard in the offseason,” Edwards said. “Now, this unit is seeing all their hard work pay off.”

Pike concurred with the boss.

“This line of ours had a great offseason, a great summer and a great fall camp,” Pike said. “They do what is asked of them. They are a no-nonsense bunch. A lot of our success this season, so far, comes from the way these guys are performing as a unit.”

Edwards also praised tight end CJ Parker for making big blocks.

Last week, Heights averaged nearly 6 yards per rush on its 47 carries, gained 277 yards on the ground — and the Knights bombarded host Round Rock McNeil 28-7. Knights running back Jameel Hodges rushed for a game-high 181 yards and teammate Madu Eneli gained 78.

On Aug. 26, Heights rushed for 233 yards, averaging 5.4 per carry, leading the Knights to a 35-14 stomping of Elgin.

“Now, we have a new challenge in front of us, and it’s a huge challenge,” Pike said. “Waco’s defense is the best we’ve seen so far this season. This is a big challenge for our offensive line but our guys are looking forward to that challenge. Our offensive line loves being in the trenches.

“The bottom line is this: Our offensive linemen take an enormous amount of pride in what they do.”

Contact Allan Mandell at amandell@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7566 and read his column at KDHPressbox.com

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