By Charles Johnson:
LONGVIEW – In a tightly contested game, the Harmony Eagles defeated the Waskom Wildcats, 20-13, last Saturday night in the KYKX 105.7 Game-of-the-week. The game was played at Lobo Stadium on the campus of Longview High School.
In the same tilt last year, Harmony broke Waskom’s 32-game winning streak which included state championships in a high scoring, 62-26, affair. This year’s match-up, however, was a totally different ballgame as the defenses were showcased from start to finish.
The Wildcats came to play. After narrowly losing to a strong Jefferson squad in week one, Waskom gave a strong effort through out the game before coming up short on a fourth quarter Eagle scoring drive.
The Eagles responded to Waskom tying the score at 13-all early in the fourth quarter, with a marathon 68 yard, 9 play drive which was capped by Barrett Hill’s 37-yard scoring run with 5:35 to play in the game. On 3rd-and-14, Hill seemed to be bottled up at the line of scrimmage, but somehow shook loose, turned on the “afterburners” and outraced the Wildcat secondary to the end zone. Spencer Yates added the PAT kick for the Eagles.
Harmony overcame four procedures penalties and a major loss on a screen pass in the drive. The biggest play of the winning series was D.J. Click’s 29-yard run on third-and-28 which not only gave the Eagles a new set of downs but had a 15-yard face mask penalty tacked on the end of the run to set up Hill’s heroics.
Harmony’s defense dominated the first half as the Eagle defenders held Waskom to a paltry 66 yards of offense. The Wildcats received the opening kickoff and went on a drive which consumed 7 minutes of the first quarter. The Harmony “D” stopped the drive when Eagle defensive back Cameron Helpenstill picked off the first of his two interceptions in the game.
After the teams traded punts, Harmony went 55 yards in only 5 plays for the first score of the game. D.J. Click’s 9 yard touchdown run was set up by a 40 yard pass from Spencer Seahorn to Nick Hoelscher. The PAT run was short as the Eagles led, 6-0, with 10:53 to play in the second quarter.
Helpenstill’s second interception of the game stopped the next Wildcat drive. At this point, the Eagles drew back-to-back penalties to set up a 3rd-and-26. A pass from Seahorn to Hunter McNeel gained 22 yards. On fourth down, Harmony faked a punt with Seahorn attempting a pass to Collin Jones which was just over his reach.
This gave Waskom a new series at the Harmony 31, but a loss of 14 yards on a fumble forced the Wildcats to punt. The Eagles could not move the ball and punted right back to the ‘Cats.
The Harmony defense then continued to shine as Eagle Zack Tollett recovered a Wildcat fumble near mid-field and returned it to the Waskom 18. Seahorn ran 10 yards for what appeared to be a touchdown, but it was called back on a holding penalty. On the next play, Seahorn found Eichelman open for a 14 yard TD pass with only 29 seconds until halftime. Yates kicked the PAT, and Harmony took a seemingly comfortable, 13-0, lead into the locker rooms.
The Wildcats made major adjustments at halftime and came out a different team in the second half. After the Waskom defense turned the ball over to the offense, the ‘Cats marched 59 yards in 11 plays to score their first points of the game. Chris Stafford did the scoring honors on a 4 yard jaunt to the end zone. Hugo Chavez’s PAT kick narrowed the Eagle lead to 13-7 with 3:20 to play in the third quarter.
On the third play of the next series, Harmony committed the Eagles’ only turnover of the game when Seahorn was picked off at the Wildcat 21. It only took Waskom 7 plays to cover the 79 yards as T.K. Hamilton sprinted 44 yards untouched for the six points and a 13-13 tie with 10:56 remaining in regulation. Chavez’s PAT kick to take the lead sailed low under the cross bar.
The Harmony offense then came to life and went on the winning scoring drive. The Wildcats drove to the Eagle 35 on their next possession with time running down, but the Eagle defense stiffened and turned the ball over on downs.
Seahorn ran for one first down before taking a knee as time expired.
Hamilton was the game’s leading rusher with 80 yards. Barrett Hill led Harmony with 66 yards on 12 carries. Spencer Seahorn was 7-of-10 passing for 68 yards and one interception.
The teams’ equality on the field was shown on the stats board as Harmony had 208 total yards of offense compared to Waskom’s 204 yards. All of the Wildcats’ yardage was on the ground.
Defensive leaders for the Eagles included Konrad Eichelman who recorded 15 tackles and Drew McNeel with 14. Easton Blackstone, D.J. Click and Trent Hart had 8 tackles each. Leo Arellano added 7 tackles, and Jesus Maldanado notched 6 tackles for Harmony.
Before the game Harmony senior D.J. Click and Waskom’s Ty Carter each received $1,005 college scholarships which were presented by KYKX’s Harlan the Sports Guy and Pigskin Bob.
Harmony (2-0) will be on the road again this week as the Eagles travel to Scurry-Rosser (0-2) to take on the Wildcats on Friday night, September 15. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 P.M. Scurry is located between Kaufman and Ennis on Hwy. 34.
Score by quarter:
1 2 3 4 T
Waskom 0 0 7 6 – 13
Harmony 0 13 0 7 – 20
GAME AT A GLANCE
- ….. First Downs ……. 12
36-140 … Rushes-Yds .. 46-204
7-10-1 .. Passes: C-A-I .. 0-7-2
68 …… Passing Yds. … 0
208 ….. Total Yds. …. 204
7-50 …. Penalties-Yds . 4-45
1-0 ….. Fumbles-Lost …. 5-1
2-43.0 …. Punts-Avg. ….. 2-31.5