By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
Garrett Gaskamp just had a feeling in his stomach that the Roos would bounce back.
On his first pass attempt - the first play of the game - Killeen's sophomore quarterback connected with sophomore receiver Devyn Williams on an 87-yard touchdown catch-and-run and that good feeling in Gaskamp's stomach got a whole lot better from there.
Killeen snapped its two-game losing skid and clinched its fourth-straight postseason with its 62-0 rout of San Angelo Lake View on Friday at Leo Buckley Stadium.
"I just thought we were going to come out and play good," said Gaskamp. "All season we haven't really come out strong. Then, losing to Stephenville last week and Waco High before, we knew we just had to get revenge, I guess you could say, just get another win and make us feel good again."
Gaskamp was 7-of-7 passing for 194 yards with two touchdowns to Williams all in the first half as Killeen (6-3, 2-2 8-4A) built a 48-0 lead before members of Killeen's 1991 5A-Division I state champion football team were recognized at halftime.
The Roos scored on every possession but their last one - a single kneeldown by backup quarterback Devarri McCray - and four 1-play scoring drives in the first half.
"They executed well and the kids just played hard. They knew what they were playing for - playing to get back into the playoffs for the fourth year in a row," Killeen coach Sam Jones said. "Now, we just have to get ready for (Waco) Midway. If we beat them (next week), we play the No. 2 (Division I) seed in bi-district."
For the third time in four District 8-4A games, Lake View (1-8, 0-4) gave up a touchdown on the opening play of the game when Gaskamp completed the scoring play to Williams and that was just the beginning, the perfect jumping off point for a team was coming off of a hard, close loss to Stephenville last week.
"We are the Killeen Kangaroos. We never really have a bad season," Gaskamp said. "The last two games ... it's not like we lost to terrible teams. We played good against both teams. The Stephenville loss was a heart-breaker, now we've just got to get past it and look forward to what we have in store for the next couple of weeks."
Victor Scott, who finished with 103 yards and two touchdowns, gave Killeen a 14-0 lead with an 18-yard scoring on just the Roos' third offensive play of the game. Tyler Fye capped the Roos' longest drive of the first half - covering 66 yards in eight plays, highlighted by a 30-yard catch from Keaton Morris - with a 10-yard touchdown run that stretched Killeen's lead to 21-0 with 3:46 still left in the first quarter.
The Roos' first two plays of the second quarter both went for touchdowns as Scott broke free on an 80-yard scoring run and Williams caught his second touchdown pass from Gaskamp.
"Those young kids, that's what we expect them to do and I think they're getting better and they know where the holes are now," Jones said. "It may have taken us a little while to get to this point, but we're glad we're jelling at the right time."
After an interception by Terrell Mason, Fye had a 51-yard run later in the second, but the senior receiver fumbled the ball into the end zone from Lake View 1-yard line and Ricky Pelzer recovered to give the Roos their halftime advantage.
William Matthews had eight carries for 75 yards and two touchdowns, including an 18-yarder in the third quarter to keep the Roos offense rolling even without their starters.
Morris then carried the ball on every play of the Roos' 11-play, final scoring drive, set up by an interception from Andrew Mahone. The senior running back capped the drive with a 29-yard touchdown run with 4:11 left in the game to give him 97 rushing yards in the game.
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