By Clay Fowler
Killeen Daily Herald
The Shoemaker football team has, by all accounts, recovered from a one-point overtime loss to Harker Heights a week ago on multiple fronts.
The Grey Wolves are over the anguish of dropping a game to a cross-town rival they haven't beaten in six attempts. And quarterback Keith Smith and running back Chris Poullard have further recovered from quadriceps and ankle injuries.
Smith's injury was seemingly a factor in the Grey Wolves loss to Heights, less for his quarterbacking ability, more for his kicking. Smith missed an extra point with 1:09 remaining in regulation that would have given the Grey Wolves a one-point lead due to favoring his quad, according to the senior.
Smith was limited to 12 carries but gained 100 yards against Heights. Poullard, who missed the previous game against Waco only ran the ball 11 times for 76 yards. The Grey Wolves' 7.7 yards per carry against Heights was their best in a game this season.
The Heights loss behind them, SHS is moving on towards a meeting with A&M Consolidated (4-1) tonight.
"We set a goal and our goal this year was to make the playoffs and make history at Shoemaker high school," said SHS head coach Ken Gray. "We took a small step backwards last week. But our kids got on that weight room floor Saturday morning, had a great workout. We've had a great week of practice and we're going to see if we can take a big step forward by beating A&M."
Softball tourney drawing impressive field
The field is nearly set for Shoemaker's host softball tournament in the spring, the Big Bell Classic.
Of the 13 teams committed nearly all of them are perennial playoff teams, according to tournament director and Shoemaker head softball coach Kelly Berg.
As of now the following teams are entered: Celina, Andrews, Big Spring, Fredericksberg, White Settlement Brewer, Midland Lee, Hewitt Midway, Belton, Little Cypress Mauriceville, Forney, Lampasas, Shoemaker and Harker Heights.
"There is no doubt it will be more competitive than last year and we are excited about the strength of competition coming to Killeen," said Berg. "The teams range from 2A to 5A and many will bring some outstanding pitching."
Player of the week:
Smith ran for 100 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries. He also completed 11 of 20 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions in a 27-26 overtime loss to Harker Heights a week ago.
Statistic of the week:
Number of failed extra points by the Grey Wolves in the loss to Harker Heights.
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