Rockwall-Heath routs Frisco Centennial in first playoff game, 49-14

Kendial Lawrence rushed for 241 yards and five touchdowns on just 14 carries leading Rockwall-Heath to a 49-14 rout of Frisco Centennial in a Class 4A Division II Region II bi-district victory at Wylie’s Pirate Stadium last night.

Ranked No. 1 in the Dallas Morning News Class 4A rankings and No. 8 in the AP State Poll, Rockwall-Heath (11-0) scored on six of seven first-half possessions. They led 42-0 at halftime.

Five of the Hawk’s scoring possessions took three or fewer plays. They just gave the ball to Kendial and let him run through the huge holes opened up by the offensive line.

The Hawk’s defense did not allow Centennial to cross mid-field until late in the third quarter. and limited Centennial to just 204 yards offense all night.

Lawrence, who leads Class 4A area rushers in yards (2,069) and scoring (212 points), had scoring runs of 36, 30, 6, 31, and 55 yards, giving him 40 total touchdowns on the season.

He was pulled on Rockwall-Heath’s final possession of the first half, and replaced by Jesse Irokwe, who rushed for 100 yards on just 14 carries in the second half.

Quarterback Drew Hollingshead completed five of five passes for 45 yards.

Everitt Gilbert caught four passes for 38 yards and rushed for 13 yards on two carries.

Centennial (6-5) was led by QB Antwan Mitchell, who had 110 total yards that included a 14-yard touchdown run.

Rockwall-Heath advances to face Dallas Hillcrest (8-3) in the area round next week, Friday, Nov. 21, 7:30 pm, at Texas Stadium.

Hillcrest beat Pinkston (6-6), 20-13, last night at Forester Stadium in a defensive struggle, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Behind do-everything quarterback Michael Harrison, Hillcrest only mustered up 164 yards of total offense, but scored when they needed to.

Harrrison scored on 43 and 23-yard TD runs, rushed 21 times for 92 yards, completed 2 of 7 passes for 12 yards, plus caught two passes for 31 yards.

He accounted for 123 of Hillcrest’s total 164 yards of offense.

Hillcrest’s Stefon Nelson also ran back a 49-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Pinkston actually outgained Hillcrest with 229 yards offense – all rushing – but still lost.

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