Jaime Vargas kicked a 27-yard field goal with 3:36 remaining, Ronald Gurley intercepted Waco Midway at the goal line with 53 seconds remaining and the Harker Heights Knights handed the Panthers their first district loss since 2013 on Friday night in Hewitt.
With the win over the defending 12-6A champs, the Knights (4-4, 4-2 District 12-6A) moved a giant step closer to the playoffs a year after going 1-9.
They did it by forcing five Midway turnovers.
Midway hadn’t lost a district contest since falling 7-3 at home to Shoemaker on Oct. 25, 2013. The Panthers had won their last 38 league games.
The Panthers got the ball first to start the second half and the first play was a fumble.
The Knights recovered and the first play of their drive was a touchdown pass from Shaun West to Mikelle Mason to give them a 14-7 lead.
Marcus Maple scored a rushing touchdown for the Knights and Will Nixon had two rushing touchdowns for the Panthers (4-3, 4-1).
The Knights host the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs at Leo Buckley Stadium on Friday night with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
The Panthers travel to Leo Buckley Stadium to play the Shoemaker Grey Wolves on Thursday night with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
12-6A FOOTBALL STANDINGS
Waco Midway (4-1)
Harker Heights (4-2)
Copperas Cove (1-4)
- Killeen 44, Belton 17 (Thurs.)
- Harker Heights 17, Waco Midway 14
- Shoemaker 42, Waco 31
- Temple 64, Ellison 38