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Eight Rockwall-Heath football players sign to play at Division 1 colleges

On national signing day yesterday, eight Rockwall-Heath football players from the Hawks’ Class 4A Division 10 Championship team signed letters of intent to play football next year at Division 1 colleges.

Award-winning running back Kendial “Showtime” Lawrence committed two weeks ago to play at the University of Missouri, over offers from SMU, Louisville and Iowa State.

Linebacker Austin Moss, the son of coach Mickey Moss, committed last year and will play at Arkansas.

Linebacker Ryan Mosby will attend the University of Kentucky.

Quarterback Drew Hollingshead and linebacker George Bamfo agreed to play at the University of Houston.

Running back/wide receiver Everett Gilbert, defensive back Darius Jones and offensive tackle David Abercrombie committed to Montana State University.

Rockwall-Heath rallies from 21 points down, but loses to Sulphur Springs, 52-47

Rockwall-Heath rallied from 21 points down in the first half and 18 points down in the fourth quarter, Everitt Gilbert scored five touchdowns, but Heath was unable to recover from four lost fumbles and the Sulphur Springs Wildcats (12-2) defeated the previously undefeated Hawks, 52-47, in a wild Region 2 Final Playoff game tonight at Texas Stadium.

The loss ends the spectacular season for Rockwall-Heath, which has only existed for four short years (13-1).

The Hawks had two last chances during the last three minutes of play to score and win, but lost the first opportunity when Hawk Matt Bielski fumbled a Wildcat punt after a ten-yard return at about the Hawks’ 30-yard line with just over two minutes left to play.

Then, after the Hawks defense stopped Sulphur Springs on four straight downs with about :50 seconds remaining, Hawks quarterback Drew Hollingshead was unable to complete a pass on four straight tries and, with less than :30 seconds remaining, Sulphur Springs took control of the ball and ran out the clock.

The Hawks played the game without star running back Kendial Lawrence, who injured his right shoulder in last week’s victory over Ennis.  But the Hawks still amassed 550 yards in total offense, behind the running and receiving of Gilbert and passing of Hollingshead.

Gilbert rushed for 193 yards on 24 carries and caught nine passes for 98 yards, scoring his five TDs. He scored on runs of 4, 67 and 6 yards, plus caught two scoring passes from Hollingshead of 11 and 10 yards.

Hollingshead completed 16 of 27 passes for 254 yards, for three TDs and no interceptions. He also connected with Matt Bielski on a 36-yard scoring strike.

But in the end, the Hawks defense was not able to contain Sulphur Springs quarterback Tyrik Rollison, who completed 25 of 30 passes for 387 yards and 5 touchdowns.  He also ran four yards and one yard for scores.

Nor were the Hawks able to overcome four lost fumbles.

The first came just two plays into the game, when Gilbert was hit and lost the ball after catching a pass at about the Heath 30-yard line. From there, Rollison took his team into the end zone in about 5 plays and the Wildcats were up 7-0 during the first three minutes of the game.

Another Hawk fumble soon after led to another 16-yard TD by the Wildcats, and, before Heath even had a first down, Sulphur Springs drove 90 yards for a third score and was up 21-0 near the end of the first quarter.

Back came the Hawks, with three straight TDs by Gilbert, while limiting the Wildcats to just one field goal. It appeared that Heath would be just three points down at halftime and could take over momentum of the game, but Rollison managed to lead his team to one more quick TD with less than a minute in the first half and took a 38-28 lead into the locker room.

Rockwall-Heath did manage to score 19 points in the second half while holding the Wildcats to just 14 points. But their rallies from both deficits just fell short.

The Hawks defense was led by David Tanner, who had eight tackles, and Austin Moss, who had seven tackles.

Backup running backs Dorian Lawry and Jesse Irokwe each played well, rushing for 72 and 36 yards, respectively.

Bielski caught five passes for 96 yards, and Cameron Wilson caught one pass for 15 yards.

Sulphur Springs played nearly a flawless game, with no turnovers and only one penalty for five yards.

In the end, it was more mistakes which cost the Hawks and ended their season.

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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Rockwall-Heath stays unbeaten, barely escapes with 55-49 overtime victory over Richardson Pearce

Rockwall-Heath running back Kendial Lawrence rushed for 306 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, as the unbeaten Hawks (8-0, 5-0) escaped with a victory in overtime Friday night in a wild one over Richardson Pearce (3-5, 2-3), 55-49, in District 10-4A action at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium in Rockwall.

Hawks kicker Brad Howse kicked an 18-yard field goal to tie the score in regulation time, setting the stage for Lawrence’s two-yard plunge to win the game. He also kicked a 34-yard field goal and connected on five of five PATs.

Hawk running back Everett Gilbert also scored three touchdowns, plus a two-point conversion, while rushing for 179 yards on 13 carries. He also caught four passes for 79 yards.

Although the Hawks took a commanding 17-6 first quarter lead and increased it to 24-6 early in the second quarter, J.J. Pearce stormed back with 21 unanswered points and led 27-24 midway through the third quarter.

Pearce was led by quarterback Caleb Lewis, who completed 24 of 40 passes for 422 yards and six touchdowns; Blake Jumonville, who caught five passes for 161 yards and three TDS; plus Michael Webb, who caught 9 passes for 75 yards.

Gilbert then scored on 43 and 29 yard runs to put the Hawks back in front, 38-27.

Not to be outdone, Pearce rallied for 20 more points, while Rockwall-Heath scored only seven, on Gilbert’s third TD run for 15 yards.

With the score tied 46-46 in the fourth quarter, both teams then traded field goals, setting the stage for the overtime. Pearce’s Michael Hunnicut kicked a long 45-yarder to take a brief 49-46 lead.

Rockwall-Heath (8-0, 5-0) finished the night by generating 650 yards of total offense, rushing for 466 total yards.

Quarterback Drew Hollingshead completed 9 of 14 passes for 187 yards and one TD, a 62-yard pass to Matt Bielski in the second quarter. Bielski caught three passes during the game for 94 yards.

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Four long TD plays help undefeated Rockwall-Heath to easily beat Newman-Smith, 27-3

Four long touchdown plays of 90, 65, 48 and 70 yards helped undefeated Rockwall-Heath (6-0,3-0) to easily win its Homecoming game and beat Carrollton’s Newman-Smith, 27-3, last night in District 10-4A action at Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium.

The Dallas Morning News fifth-ranked, Class 4A Hawks’ Darius Jones took the opening kickoff 90 yards for Heath’s first TD.

In the second quarter, wide receiver Everitt Gilbert scored his first TD of the night on a 65-yard catch-and-run pass play from quarterback Drew Hollingshead.

Kendial Lawrence, who rushed for 144 yards on 10 carries, ran 48 yards for another score in the third quarter.

Then Everitt Gilbert scored again in the fourth quarter on a 70-yard burst. For the night, he rushed for 99 yards on just three carries.

Newman-Smith could only manage a 32-yard field goal in the second quarter by Philip Ichter.

For the Hawks, Hollingshead completed 10 of 11 passes for 103 yards. Gilbert led receivers in yardage gained with 76 yards on three receptions. Daniel Kemp caught four passes for 59 yards. Matthew Agnew caught four passes for 58 yards.

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Rockwall-Heath scores two TDs in fourth quarter to beat Greenville, 42-28

Quarterback Drew Hollingshead completed a near perfect 19-of-20 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns to lead Rockwall-Heath (4-0, 1-0) to a 42-28 victory over Greenville (1-3, 0-1) in the District 10-4A opener for both teams Friday night at Greenville.

Although the game was tied 28-28 at the end of the third quarter, the Hawks scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and held the Lions scoreless to preserve the victory for the area’s fourth-ranked team.

Hawks receiver Matt Bielski, who caught seven passes during the game for 107 yards, grabbed a 50-yard TD strike in the fourth quarter as RHHS pulled away. The Hawks’ Cameron Wilson also caught five passes for 73 yards.

Hawk running-back Kendial Lawrence rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns to offset the performance of Lion running-back Alton Dennis, who ran for 221 yards and three scores for Greenville. Lawrence now has 13 touchdowns for the year.

Rockwall-Heath wipes out Hillcrest High School, 35-17, in Sept. 19 game

Running back Kendial Lawrence ran for three touchdowns and Drew Hollingshead threw a 58-yard touchdown pass before halftime as the Rockwall-Heath Hawks wiped out Hillcrest, 35-17, Friday night at Wilkerson-Sanders stadium in Rockwall.

The Hawks (3-0) led 28-3 at halftime and primarily played second and third team players during the second half.

Lawrence scored on runs of 37, 10 and 13 yards and now has 10 touchdowns for the season.
Heath quarterback Drew Hollingshead hit wide receiver Matt Bielski for a 53-yard score as Heath built a 35-3 lead over Hillcrest (1-2) after three quarters.

Hollingshead completed 12 of 18 passes for 163 yards, and the Hawks defense limited Hillcrest to just 37 yards rushing throughout the game.

Rockwall-Heath runs over Arlington Seguin, 24-8

Last week’s Dallas Morning News Offensive Player of the Week Kendial Lawrence rushed for 135 yards on 23 attempts and two touchdowns to lead Rockwall-Heath past Arlington Seguin 24-8 in non-district action Friday night in Arlington.

Lawrence scored on runs of 6 and 12 yards to help the Hawks improve to 2-0. Arlington Seguin fell to 0-3.

In the hard-fought first half, RHHS only scored on Brad Lowes 31-yard field goal, and held on for a 3-0 lead. But during the second half, the Hawks came alive, when senior quarterback Drew Hollingshead (12-20, 183 yards) completed a 10-yard TD pass to Armando Villa. Lawrence then scored twice, and Lowes added extra points on all three TDs.

The game was plagued with mistakes by both teams. RHHS fumbled seven times, but only lost one. They were also penalized 13 times for 127 yards. Arlington Seguin was penalized 14 times for 155 yards.

Rockwall-Heath opens season by running over Sherman, 43-27

Rockwall-Heath’s highly-touted running back Kendial Lawrence ran for 190 yards and scored five touchdowns, including a 97-yard kickoff return, to lead the Hawks (1-0) past Sherman (1-1), 43-27, at Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sanders stadium Sept. 5.

In the second quarter alone, Lawrence scored four touchdowns, on runs of 76, 20 and 4 yards, plus his return.

By the end of the third quarter, the Hawks held a 43-14 lead.

Hawks’ Quarterback Drew Hollingshead also threw for one touchdown, a 63 yard pass to Matt Bielski. He completed eight of thirteen passes for 133 yards.

Sherman’s running back Wayman James ran for 110 yards and scored twice.  Zac Whitfield also ran back a  kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown.

RHHS plays their first away game of the season Sept. 12, at 7:30 pm, at Arlington Seguin, which lost its opening game to Wylie Sept. 5, 52-13.

Two Rockwall-Heath football players commit to colleges

Two Rockwall-Heath high school football players say they have orally committed to two different universities to play college football.

RHHS senior linebacker Austin Moss, the son of RHHS head coach Mickey Moss, committed to play at Arkansas.

RHHS senior quarterback Drew Hollingshead, the son of former SMU safety Tam Hollingshead, committed to play at the University of Houston.

Moss (6-3, 215), who expects to play either inside or outside linebacker, said he chose Arkansas over Baylor, Vanderbilt, Kansas and others because he has the chance to play soon and will be close enough that his family can see him play anytime.

Hollingshead, (6-3, 200), said he chose Houston over New Mexico St. and Idaho St. because of the coaching staff, the opportunity to be a starter and because he has family members living in Houston.

Last year, Hollingshead threw for more than 1400 yards and completed 60 percent of its passes with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. He said he plans to redshirt his first year and then hopes to become the starting quarterback for the next four years.

Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day 2009 football recruits can sign letters of intent is Feb. 4.