Harker Heights just could not stop Waco Midway from running up the score Thursday night.

The Panthers ran away with a 55-13 win over the Knights at Leo Buckley Stadium despite a standout performance from sophomore running back Contavieon Johnson, who led the Knights offense with 162 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries.

The Knights’ defense started off strong as it held the Panthers (5-1, 5-0 District 12-6A) to just 20 yards in the first quarter before running back James Fullbright ran into the end zone for a 23-yard score to put Midway ahead 7-0 with 35 seconds left in the period.

In the second quarter, Harker Heights (1-8, 1-5) saw the gap widen as senior quarterback Nick Jimenez moved the Panthers to Harker Heights’ 17-yard line, where he handed the ball off to Fullbright, who found a gap in the Knights’ defense and ran up the middle for a touchdown.

The Panthers led 13-0 after a failed two-point conversion.

Harker Heights just couldn’t find an answer as Midway closed the half with a 27-0 lead.

The trend continued in the second half as the Panthers added three unanswered touchdowns after the break.

The Knights brought in sophomore quarterback La Princeton Dixon at the end of the third quarter, and he carried the ball in for a 1-yard touchdown to put Harker Heights on the scoreboard.

Johnson ran up the middle to add another score for the Knights late in the game.

Terrance Carter started at quarterback for Harker Heights and threw for 32 yards on 2-of-7 passing. He rushed for another 32 yards on six carries.

Andre Gebhardt added 30 yards on 11 carries, and senior Terrance Hayse had 48 yards on three catches for the Knights.

Harker Heights travels to Copperas Cove next week, while Midway heads home to host Shoemaker.

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(1) comment

MAJAG89

Enough is enough. It's one thing to play the game and get beat. It's entirely unacceptable to get beat down, embarrassed and sent to the hospital because of poor coaching and even worse officiating.
The Knights have had 5 players this year that have required to be evacuated by ambulance due to injuries sustained during the game. Four of those have come from clear late hits, and head shots to players on the backside of plays that the officials have missed. Last night number 36 for the Knights got laid out on a helmet to helmet hit that was so loud I'm sure the folks in Waco heard it. Yet the officials failed to call the penalty. they even missed a taunting call as the Midway player hovered over a Knight runner and the Midway player clapped in the Knights player's face.
Last week the Knights had a player ejected for far less on the backside of play. If the officials aren't going to do their job, KISD needs to not use them going forward. Continued use of sub par officiating is going to get a kid seriously injured or killed.
As far as coaching, the kids deserve the same passion in play calling that the head Coach and two assistants demonstrated on three different occasions last night when they berated players (numbers 83, 85 and 47) for making a mistake on the field. Coach Edwards chased down and belittled number 83 not once but twice on the sideline because he didn't like the kids response to a coach's correction for running the wrong pass route. Yet with six minutes left in the game, Coach Edwards had checked out of the game himself. He had taken off his head set and stood on the sideline with his hands on his hips, not involved in coaching the team and just watching the clock count down as the Knights worked the ball down the field for a late touchdown. Number 83, 85 and 47 are due apologies from the coaching staff for the way the coaches abused these kids. For that fact, they owe the whole team an apology for the poor coaching job they did last night and this whole year.
Finally as to the Knights not being able to stop Midway, part of reason for Midway's high score was because despite being up 34-0 midway through in the third, Midway's coaches continued to throw the ball deep. The game was clearly over. Number 36 had just been taken off the field in a stretcher and was departing the stadium by ambulance. The proverbial air in the stadium had been sucked out as everyone watched on in disbelief at what had just happened. Yet there was Midway throwing deep to score "cheap" touchdowns. They did it not once, not twice, but three times. Keep it classy Midway.

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