By Mark W. Miller
Killeen Daily Herald
HARKER HEIGHTS The hangover is gone, but the Knights may wind up kicking themselves at season's end when they realize how close they came to upsetting eighth-ranked Copperas Cove on Friday.
Despite three turnovers (two of them unforced), the Knights ran 23 more plays than the Bulldawgs. The 296 yards and 18 first downs tallied against Cove were the most the Dawgs had allowed this season.
"I mean stats are for losers, there ain't but one stat that counts, but we've got to take something from the stats," Heights coach Ross Rogers said.
What really bothered Rogers were the eight potential points the Knights left near Cove's goal-line when they were forced to kick field goals.
"Had we been up 28-14, I'd take our chances," Rogers said. "Maybe we'd have got beat 35-28, but maybe not.
"You're not going to get a much better chance of beating them. But as a I told the players and coaches, that's behind us. We better get better if we're going to have a chance to be in the playoffs."
GB&U: 13-5A opener
Fourth-quarter lead on state-ranked team was no fluke.
Moonlighting soccer player Luke Grothe still perfect as place-kicker.
Knights only touchdown pass through four games thrown by receiver Eain Runyon.
Hard to beat anybody with three turnovers and a 4-yard punt. Kickoff returns to own 2 and 10 weren't helpful either.
Tennis team 2-0 in 13-5A
The Heights tennis team picked up a key win Tuesday, defeating Belton 12-7 on the road.
Felicia Galvez led a sweep of the girls matches, ralling from a 6-0 pasting in the first set to win the next two sets 7-5, 7-5. Alyssa Broadus and Yezlia Golderos won a 3-hour, three-set marathon in doubles to keep the Heights girls perfect.
Will Truitt was the only boys singles winner for the Knights, winning 6-3, 7-5 in the No. 4 slot.
The tennis team's match last Friday with A&M Consolidated was postponed until Oct. 18.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Travis Moore, boys tennis, won two matches in the Knights' 19-0 won over Waco on Sept. 20.
STATISTIC OF THE WEEK: 2, Grothe's field goals Friday were the most since D.J. Jackson kicked two in a 38-18 win over Bastrop on Sept. 22, 2000.
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