The Killeen Kangaroos returned home on Thursday night after two road games wrapped around a bye week.
Hosting the undefeated Waco Midway Panthers, the Kangaroos looked to slow down the visitor’s high-powered offense and pull their own record to 3-3.
The Class 6A No. 8 Panthers proved to be too much for the Kangaroos and won handily 42-10.
The Kangaroos opened the contest with a high-speed offensive attack led by quarterback Marcellus Johnson and focused on attacking the Panthers’ secondary.
Killeen, however, was unable to cash in on any of its five first-quarter possessions.
Midway got off to a hot start by scoring on its first possession before cooling briefly after throwing interceptions on its next two drives. Kangaroo linebacker Chris Ingram snagged the first interception after a tipped pass, and defensive back Willie McGee made a diving pick on Midway’s next pass.
The slump did not last long, though, as the Panthers scored touchdowns on three consecutive possessions, pushing their lead to 28-0 with 10 minutes, 2 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Kangaroos remained focused and marched down the field into Panthers’ territory before being forced to punt.
Then, Midway shifted to ball control offense and relied on junior running back James Fullbright to keep Killeen’s defense off balance.
After moving into Killeen territory, the Panthers’ offense stalled and was forced to punt.
In an effort to spark their offense, the Kangaroos subbed in reserve quarterback Bo Buckley with 2:25 remaining in the half.
Buckley completed his first two passes before consecutive incompletions and a sack ended the half.
Midway led Killeen 28-0 at halftime.
Good fortune shined on the Kangaroos in the form of a fumble recovery on the second half kickoff, and they took control in the Panthers territory.
Johnson returned at quarterback and immediately connected with wide receiver Montego Mulvaney for 20 yards to Midway’s 22-yard line. Three plays later, Killeen finally got on the scoreboard with a 31-yard field goal by kicker Jesus Gomez.
The Panthers responded by moving the ball but stalled in Kangaroos’ territory again.
Killeen was unable to capitalize on the momentum, and Johnson was intercepted by Midway defender Matthew Barnhill, who returned it 40 yards for a touchdown.
Midway tacked on an 18-yard touchdown run by Fullbright in the third quarter to stretch its lead to 42-3.
The teams traded punts and then fumbles as the game clock continued to run into the fourth quarter.
On their final possession of the game, the Kangaroos used six plays to cover 70 yards and score their only touchdown of the night as Buckley threw a 9-yard strike to Zion Love to close out the game’s scoring.