Varsity Football · 12-6A champion: Temple escapes Killeen Shoemaker to clinch district crown

KILLEEN — The District 12-6A title belongs to Temple.

Mikal Harrison-Pilot’s 8-yard touchdown run provided the Wildcats with their final lead late in Thursday night’s back-and-forth battle against Killeen Shoemaker, and the cushion was protected when defensive linemen Jayven Taylor, Jaylon Jackson and Eric Shorter combined to stop Grey Wolves running back Devin Brown for a loss of 1 yard on fourth-and-1, lifting Temple to an exhilarating 27-24 victory at Leo Buckley Stadium.

Starting quarterback Humberto Arizmendi rushed for a career-high 139 yards for Temple (8-1, 6-0), but it was Harrison-Pilot lined up in the shotgun with time winding down in the fourth quarter, and the sophomore spun his way into the end zone for the winning score with 1:41 remaining.

After Shoemaker’s 14-yard completion from Ty Bell to De’Andre Exford on third-and-15, Taylor, Jackson and Shorter converged on Brown — who finished with 113 yards rushing and two TDs, including a 2 yarder that put the Grey Wolves (6-2, 4-2) up 24-20 with 4:15 to go — to preserve the three-point margin.

Click here to read the entire article in the Temple Daily Telegram by Joshua Weaver.