By Tony Altobelli
Killeen Daily Herald
The last time the Killeen Kangaroos won a non-shared district title in football, Ferris Bueller took a day off, Crocodile Dundee brandished a knife, Maverick and Iceman were battling it out in Top Gun and Bill Buckner's life changed forever when a ground ball went through his legs against the Mets in the World Series.
The year was 1986 -- a year, where most of the current Roo players were getting diapers dirty, rather than uniforms.
If the Roos find a way to top their final two opponents, that elusive title would be theirs.
But first things first.
High-flying Hewitt Midway makes its way to Leo Buckley Stadium for another scoreboard-bustin' shootout tonight at 7 p.m.
"They like to spread you out on defense with a solid running game and an impressive passing offense," KHS coach Sam Jones said. "Plus, they're solid on the offensive line, so we'll be outsized again, but that's nothing new for us."
So far, so good for the Roos (6-2, 3-0 in District 16-4A) as they look for their fourth win in a row, but it won't come easy against a Panther team loaded with weapons, starting with quarterback Wesley Sauls.
Like Roo QB Columbus Givens, Sauls can beat you a number of different ways. This year, he's thrown for 1,496 yards and 12 touchdowns, while rushing for 455 yards and five touchdowns.
"He's done an excellent job of running their offense," Jones said of Sauls. "Our game plan is to hopefully slow down the run first, then the pass."
That running game is led by tailback Victor Duffey, who has 688 yards and eight touchdowns on 119 carries.
If the Panthers (5-3, 1-2) take to the air, Sauls has a number of targets to choose from, including Garfield Hicks (33 receptions, 531 yards, five touchdowns), Damion Gilbert (19-310-2), Travis Beaird (18-330-2) and Thomas Field (16-286-3).
The Panthers are in must-win mode following last week's 27-17, two-day loss to Waco University where they saw a 17-0 lead evaporate on Saturday af ter the game was stopped due to bad weather on Friday.
The Roo defense, which held Lampasas to eight points and minimal success, will be called on to stop a Panther offense that has scored an average of 32.2 points per game.
While Midway's offensive has been impressive, their defense has been rather offensive, allowing 42 points to Brownwood, 35 points to Ellison and 27 points to University.
"We'd like to keep the ball moving with the pass and the run, but we'll have to see what is available," Jones said. "Our primary goal this year was to make the playoffs and we've reached that.
"The icing on the cake would be to win a district title."
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