Pearce explodes for 37 second-half points to beat Rockwall, 51-35

With a likely District 10 playoff berth at stake, Richardson Pearce exploded for 37 second-half points to come from behind and beat Rockwall Friday night, 51-35, in Class 4A action at Richardson’s Eagle-Mustang Stadium.

Pearce (3-4, 2-2) amassed 581 yards total offense on the night, and Rockwall generated 400 yards total offense.

Pearce running back Josh Gold rushed for 198 yards on 16 carries and scored five touchdowns to lead the way, from 16, 15, 79 and 9 yards out. He also caught an 81-yard TD pass from quarterback Caleb Lewis, who completed only seven of 19 passes with two interceptions, but made them good for 211 yards.

Rockwall (2-5, 1-3) led 14-0 to begin the game, and then 21-14 at halftime, but was overpowered in the second half.

Yellow Jacket running back Josh Broach rushed for 129 yards on 13 carries, including a 55-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He also scored on a 12-yard pass play from Adam Dingwell in the fourth quarter.

Rockwall jumped out to the 14-0 lead in the first quarter, behind Aaron Arterburn’s 18-yard TD run and Will Beasley’s 15-yard TD catch of a pass from Adam Dingwell.

Dingwell completed 14 of 21 passes on the night for 175 yards with one interception.

Rockwall’s other score was on Jarron White’s one-yard run in the second quarter.

Grant Gunderson connected on 5 of 5 extra point tries.

For more local sports scores and stories, see the Sports page at www.rockwallrocks.com.

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