ET Football: Success on third down sparks Harmony past Waskom, 20-13
Sept. 9, 2017 at 11:17 p.m.
D.J. Click's 30-yard burst on a trap play converted a 3rd-and-28 for the Harmony Eagles and set stage for Barrett Hill's 37-yard game-winning TD tote on 3rd-and-14.
Those two unlikely third down conversions enabled the Eagles to charge back and nab a 20-13 victory over the Waskom Wildcats here Saturday night at Lobo Stadium in the KYKX Game of the Week.
Harmony, which held a seemingly comfortable 13-0 lead at halftime, watched as Waskom slowly clawed its way back.
Fleet-footed junior halfback TK Hamilton cut back against the grain and bolted 45 yards to paydirt and a 13-13 tie with not even two minutes gone in the fourth quarter.
After a scoreless opening 12 minutes, the Eagles found the end zone first. Click got the call and scooted nine yards on a trap play at 10:53 of the second quarter.
Key play in the 5-play, 55-yard drive was a 41-yard Spencer Seahorn to Nick Hoelscher hookup on a 3rd-and-10.
The Wildcats moved methodically to the Harmony 16 when Hamilton scored a TD on a double reverse. The play, however, was nullified by a holding call.
Drew McNeel picked off a Raymond Ramirez on the very next play for the Eagles with 8:02 showing in the half.
Ramirez came on in relief of veteran QB Ty Carter, who suffered a first half injury that would sideline him the rest of the evening.
Zack Tollett gave Harmony a huge boost late in the half when he scooped up a Waskom fumble and raced 25 yards to the 18-yard-line.
The Wildcats didn't concede a score easily as Seahorn paired with Konrad Eichelman on 3rd-and-12 for 20 yards and a TD. Spencer Yates tacked on the point after to give the Eagles a 13-0 lead with less than 30 seconds before break.
Waskom took its initial drive of the third quarter and cashed in when Chris Stafford followed the block of left guard Jack Smith to paydirt. The Wildcats were sparked on the 10-play, 59-yard push by Ramirez. The junior signal-caller who recorded runs of 14 and 17 yards in the drive that lasted 5:02.
Following Hamilton's game-tying trot early in the fourth, Harmony took possession and Click provided the key run. Compounding Waskom's misfortune, Click had his facemask yanked and thus an additional 15 yards added to the end of his run.
Eichelman followed Click's big play with a nice saunter of his own as the Eagles broke the tie. Yates made good on the PAT to polish off a 9-play, 63-yard sojourn that ate up 5:19 of the fourth.
Hamilton, who led all rushers with 80 yards on eight carries, darted 12 yards to the Harmony 40 as the clock slowly drained down.
The Eagles stoned Stafford for a 3-yard loss on 4th-and-5 to regain possession with 1:50 remaining and the Wildcats holding only one timeout.
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