KILLEEN — The Harker Heights Knights defeated the Killeen Kangaroos Friday 52-23 in Leo Buckley Stadium making them the unofficial city champs.

After defeating the Shoemaker Grey Wolves 51-50 in the previous week in an overtime, nail-biter game, Knights’ head coach Jerry Edwards was happy with the win against the Roos. This makes the Knights the unofficial title holders in the friendly rivalry amongst the area schools.

“It’s a big win for us,” Edwards said. “We needed to come out and execute. We did some good things, especially in the second half, we were able to get some stops. Overall, I thought our kids played extremely well. We put up 52 points – our offense is running on all cylinders.”

The Knights offense definitely came out with the most momentum. Especially when junior line backer Eric Moore capitalized on a bad fumble made by Killeen sending the ball back into Harker Heights endzone where Moore fell on it putting more points on the board for the Knights.

It was all going according to plan until Knights senior quarterback Shaun West suffered an injury the kept him out of the rest of the game, but thankfully Harker Heights adjusted well.

“Terrance Carter came in at quarterback and did a tremendous job,” Edwards said. “We just kept the thing rolling. We’re trying to get to the playoffs, and we’re one step closer.”

The Roos held their own in the first half, never far behind the Knights, but the Knights gained serious momentum halfway through the second half.

Edwards admitted that the defense wasn’t very consistent, but it’s nothing that they can’t fix.

“We need to be more consistent defensively. I thought we gave up a couple of drives that we could have gained some plays at the end .. We’ve just got to clean some things up and keep scoring a lot.”

This week, after they take a break for Thanksgiving, the Knights will take on the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs. The Bulldawgs haven’t played a game in the last month due to COVID-19 issues, but Edwards and the Knights plan on being ready for them.

“The thing about Cove is we haven’t seen them play. They’ve been off for three weeks, almost a month now. They haven’t been on the field in a month, which is a long time. I know they’ve been practicing, so they’re going to come in fresh, they’re going to come in ready. There’s no telling what they’ve been working on the last four weeks, so we’ve just got to be ready for it.”

The Knights will take on the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs at 2 p.m. Friday at Leo Buckley Stadium.