By Clay Fowler
Killeen Daily Herald
The Shoemaker defense has been pliable this season, but if last week was any indication it is stiffening up for a run in District 13-5A.
After allowing two 250-yard rushers and a 274-yard passer in its first three games, SHS held Waco to 253 total yards, 108 on the ground in a 25-13 district-opening win a week ago.
The Grey Wolves yielded only four of 13 third- or fourth-down conversions to the Lions. Shoemaker registered its first safety of the season and Enrique Farghurson intercepted his second pass in as many games, the team's sixth pick in four games this year.
"I think Waco is going to beat some people in this district," said Shoemaker head coach Ken Gray. "So it was big to get a win over them."
Offensively quarterback Keith Smith did a little of everything. He rushed for 163 yards and two scores. He completed 10-of-22 passes for 139 yards despite four dropped balls. And the quarterback even kicked a 38-yard field goal to give the Grey Wolves a 17-0 lead in the second quarter of the victory.
Morrison, Ashford finish one-two
Lacey Morrison and Tabbitha Ashford finished first and second in the Corsicana cross country meet on Thursday in which the Shoemaker girls team was second.
Morrison clocked the two miles in 12 minutes and 11 seconds with Ashford six seconds behind on a tough course, according to coach Karen Koehler.
Vanessa Jackson finished eighth (13:21), Denise Brown 25th (14:21) and Natasja Hobson 37th (14:47), lowering the team score to 73 from 91 last week.
"I was thrilled," said Koehler. "To watch them finish while everyone else is running the race was great."
Only three meets remain until district. Next up is the Georgetown High School meet at San Gabriel Park on Oct. 10.
Athlete of the week:
Smith ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns, threw for 139 more and kicked a 38-yard field goal in the Grey Wolves 25-13 win over Waco on Friday.
Statistic of the week:
Number of incompletions by Waco quarterback Bryan Smith in Shoemaker's victory on Friday.