Tyler Cleveland didn’t take any credit for his 29-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter Friday, but the most impressive play of Stony Point’s 45-22 win over Killeen Harker Heights was mostly a one-man show.
His run mirrored the Tigers’ performance at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, with Stony Point starting out somewhat slow, trailing 16-7 after the first, before running away from the Knights with 38 points in a row.
“We had a great performance (the last three quarters on) both sides of the ball,” Cleveland said. “We worked hard all summer and we expect to win like this.”
Tyler O’Bannon scored all three times he touched the ball for the Tigers (2-0) and Kyle Overton threw for 111 yards and a touchdown. The Stony Point defense produced a touchdown and kept Harker Heights under 100 yards of total offense until the game’s final minute.
“Our guys didn’t panic after the first, and I appreciate that,” Tigers coach Craig Chessher said. “I’m real proud of our defense. Our defensive coordinator came up with a great plan and we executed it well.”
When the Tigers quickly got the ball back deep in their own territory, Harker Heights sacked Overton for a safety.
The Knights (0-2) took advantage of a long kick return when La Princeton Dixon scored on a 9-yard run, then increased their lead to 16-9 on Contaveion Johnson’s 9-yard jaunt following a Stony Point fumble.
The Tigers (2-0) answered with a 63-yard scoring drive that took nearly seven minutes off the clock in the second and capped it when O’Bannon plunged in from the 2-yard line.
On Harker Heights’ next play from scrimmage, Tim Landry recovered a fumble in the end zone to give Stony Point the lead for good at a 22-16.
Stony Point took advantage of another Knights fumble early in the second half and O’Bannon scored from the 9-yard line the next play.
“I have to give credit to the offensive line and the outside blockers,” O’Bannon said. “There were some really big holes to run through.”
Overton’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Quaylen Lomax and Cleveland’s brilliant run capped off Stony Point’s scoring.
“You’d obviously rather be 2-0 than 0-2,” Chessher said. “And I’ll never apologize for a Class 6A win.”