By Justin Boyd

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS With the district opener little more than 24 hours away, Harker Heights head coach Ross Rogers knows if his team is to contend in the ultra-competitive 13-5A it will need to be hitting on all cylinders offensively and defensively.

The Knights offense has had little trouble moving the ball or scoring points this season, averaging 41 points a contest in three games.

The defense opened the season holding a Cedar Park offense that included standout running back Rupert Edwards and quarterback Korey Washington to just 246 yards. However, in Week 2 in a 49-48 overtime loss to Killeen, Heights surrendered 594 yards of offense.

The defense responded against Stony Point last week, limiting the Tigers to just 235 total yards.

Rogers said he would like to see a more consistent effort from his defense as the Knights head into district play.

"I don't want to use the word effort but it was a better outing," Rogers said of his defense against Stony Point. "I felt like we had the effort, we just didn't play the defense that we need to play in this district. If you go back over the scrimmages and the three games we've had, I've been pleased with our defense except for that one game (Killeen). I thought the game against Stony Point was a good way to come into district."

In the 37-14 victory over Stony Point, the Knights forced three turnovers (two fumbles and an interception by senior middle linebacker Chris Morris) and gave up only one offensive touchdown.

Tigers quarterback Justin Hoermann hooked up with receiver Deontre Sheffield on a 55-yard scoring play late in the fourth quarter, when the game was already decided.

Player of the Week

Maurice Lathan, senior running back Lathan scored two touchdowns against Round Rock Stony Point. Lathan rushed for 64 yards and scored from 5 yards out and also caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Donnie Shorts.

Stat of the Week

0The number of times Harker Heights and this week's opponent, Copperas Cove, have met in the past.

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