By Clay Fowler
Killeen Daily Herald
TEMPLE Keith Smith and Contravious Parks were hoping their final connection as Shoemaker Grey Wolves would be in a playoff game, but the quarterback-receiver duo acknowledged that an 87-yard touchdown pass is always nice.
Parks' deep post provided the final score of Shoemaker's 38-10 win over Temple and the Grey Wolves' 2005 season.
"We wanted to make the playoffs," said Parks. "But we still ended with a bang."
Smith threw for a season-high 246 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-20 passing while Parks registered nine receptions for 191 yards.
"We wanted those two guys to hook up one more time," SHS head coach Ken Gray said.
Harker Heights' 28-20 win on Thursday night ended any Shoemaker hopes for the first playoff appearance in the six-year school history, but by beating Temple, Shoemaker (6-4, 4-3 District 13-5A) notched its second consecutive winning season.
"We're disappointed we didn't make the playoffs," said Gray. "If we could've, should've, would've made some plays earlier in the district things might be different. But still, to see these kids finish the season like this is big time."
For the first time in its prestegious school history Temple (0-10, 0-7) finished without a win.
The Wildcats' chance for a win was put to sleep when Shoemaker's Jamaal Skipper returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown, according to Temple head coach Bryce Monsen, giving SHS a 31-10 lead with 10 seconds left in the second quarter.
The senior picked off his fifth pass of the season on the tail end of a trick play gone bad. After taking a reverse hand-off running right, Temple backup quarterback Casey Mikes threw across his body where Skipper stepped in front of the receiver on the way to his first touchdown of the season.
"The reverse pass backfired on us," said Monsen, the Wildcats first-year head coach. "Once that happened, it was pretty much over."
After two early Shoemaker touchdowns, Temple refused to let the game get away from it, answering with the help of some big kickoff returns.
Smith led the Grey Wolves with 80 yards in 13 plays on the game's opening drive, lofting a perfect pass to Martell Chandler in the corner of the endzone for a 7-0 SHS lead.
Parks' fifth reception of the game, a 36-yard catch awarded Shoemaker first-and-goal at the Temple 1-yard line on the Grey Wolves' third possession of the game. Running back Chris Poullard, who had 85 yards on 19 carries, scored on his third straight attempt, a wide extra point leaving SHS up 13-0 with 8:11 left in the first half.
Kelvin Nealy then gave the Temple offense short fields each of the Wildcats next two possessions.
After the receiver's 50-yard return, quarterback Terrell Jackson led the ensuing 44-yard touchdown drive with runs of 16 and 28 yards, leaving Adrian Reaves-Brown just two yards to cover on his touchdown run.
Nealy's 51-yard return following a Shoemaker field goal came with less than a minute left in the half, setting up Charles Pomroy's 36-yard field goal as time expired, pulling Temple within six at the half.
"We started flat and at halftime I told the kids they had to choose their attitude," said Gray. "Then afterwards they really got to playing."
Smith's scoring pass to Parks was the quarterback's 10th touchdown pass of the season. His third-quarter touchdown run was the 19th score on the ground this year.
"To have two consecutive winning season is really good for us," said Gray "The seniors did themselves proud."
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