WACO — The Harker Heights Knights fell to the DeSoto Eagles 65-28, Nov. 11, in Waco ISD Stadium, in the Class 6A, Division I bi-district round of the playoffs.
The stadium filled with Heights fans cheering the team on. The atmosphere was electric in the first quarter with both teams going back and forth. Junior running back Re’Shaun Sanford (6) was the first to score for the Knights. However, the Eagles secured a dominating lead in the second quarter, slipping past the Knights defense, sending the Knights to the locker room trailing 31 points at 45-14.
Harker Heights head coach had high praise for not only DeSoto’s football program, but the Knights resilience, heart and the hard work they put in throughout the season.
“DeSoto, they’re a really good football team. They’re ranked high in the state of Texas, and they came out and they executed extremely well,” Edwards said. “I’m proud of our kids for fighting and playing four quarters. We had a heck of a season. Finishing 9-2 is a huge accomplishment in itself.”
In the second half, the Knights managed to score twice more in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles scored three more times in the second half. The Knights just couldn’t close the large gap on the scoreboard, ending the game at 65-28.
The Knights will be losing some of their senior players next year, including wide receiver Marcus Maple (3), who scored the final touchdown of the game for the Knights, and quarterback Terrance Carter (10), who scored twice for the Knights. Edwards praised the graduating seniors on the team for their work and impact on the Harker Heights football program.
“All the seniors, they’ve really turned this program around. Three straight trips to the playoffs, to finish the regular season 9-1 (is great),” Edwards said. “I can’t say enough about the leadership of our seniors this year.”
Edwards ended the 2021 season on a high note and thanked the fans for sending them off that morning and for their support throughout season.
“It was a big send-off today. They (the fans) really got behind the Knights,” he said. “We wish we’d had a better performance for them tonight, but they’ve supported us all year and have done a tremendous job of backing the Knights. It’s good to be a Knight.”