KILLEEN — When you push them, those Waco High Lions can strike in the passing game, too.
After seeing a two-touchdown advantage in the second half whittled away, Waco High came up with the biggest play of the game. Jaylen Harris connected with a streaking Michael Stimpson on a 53-yard TD pass with 4:52 to go, sending the Lions to a 42-35 victory over Harker Heights on Friday at Leo Buckley Stadium. The win extended the perfect start for Waco High (3-0), which had to sweat out a wild comeback from the Knights (2-1).
Waco High led 35-21 in the third quarter before Harker Heights’ Jaquan Tillis and Jameel Hodges broke free for a pair of touchdown runs to tie the game with 10 minutes to go.
But Harris and company had one final answer.
Terrance Hamilton broke off sweet TD runs of 19 and 8 yards in a back-and-forth first half. Harker Heights, behind the running of Hodges, was able to keep pace, and the game was tied at 21 at intermission.
But the Lions started to gain some separation after the break, and they wasted no time getting it done. On the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, Randy Carpenter swooped 48 yards through the teeth of the Harker Heights defense for the score, pushing Waco High ahead, 28-21.
On the Lions’ next possession, Hamilton showed he can not only dodge tacklers, but run over them, as he bulldozed his way to a 14-yard TD run that gave Waco High a two-touchdown edge.
Knights QB Jaquan Tillis scored on a keeper with 2:03 left in the third to bring his team back to within 35-28.
Waco High will meet Midway in a battle of unbeatens next week.
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