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Rockwall-Heath’s Mickey Moss named U.S. Army/Dallas Cowboys “Coach of Week”

Just discovered that Rockwall-Heath Mickey Moss was named the U.S. Army/Dallas Cowboys “Coach of the Week” Nov. 13, after the Hawks defeated Highland Park, 38-31, in overtime Nov. 7 to complete an unbeaten regular season.

The loss ended Highland Park’s streaks of 47 consecutive regular-season wins and 45 straight district wins.

Rockwall-Heath (11-0) defeated Frisco Centennial 49-14 and faces Dallas Hillcrest (8-3) in a Class 4A Division II Area playoff game Friday, Nov. 21 at Texas (Dallas Cowboys) Stadium.

Congrats, Coach Moss!

Go Hawks!

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Rockwall-Heath now deserves to be no. 1 in Area Class-4A rankings!

After undefeated and fourth-ranked Rockwall-Heath’s thrilling overtime 38-31 victory Thursday night over previously undefeated and no. 1 ranked Highland Park, will the Dallas Morning News move the Hawks to the top of the Area Class 4-A rankings?

We certainly think they deserve it, and we’re not just homeboys!

After all, Highland Park is the winningest football team in the state with 708 victories, plus they had a 47-game, regular-season winning streak and hadn’t lost in their last 45 district games.

Any team which can knock off such a football dynasty deserves the no. 1 ranking, in our opinion!

Now, no. 2-ranked Everman High School (10-0, 7-0) can certainly claim the top spot, after trouncing Granbury Friday night, 69-3.

No. 3-ranked Carter could also, after clobbering A. Maceo Smith 48-24, Thursday night.

But only the Hawks could bring down the mighty Scots. And in only their fourth year of play!

For doing so, Rockwall-Heath deserves the top ranking until somebody can beat them and prove us different.

Congratulations to Coach Mickey Moss, and the whole Hawks team and the Heath community!

Kendial Lawrence leads Rockwall-Heath past Highland Park in OT Thriller, 38-31

Rockwall-Heath’s Kendial Lawrence ran up and down the field all night long, rushing for 365 yards and five touchdowns on 39 carries, leading the undefeated Hawks (10-0, 7-0) past Highland Park (9-1, 6-1) last night in an overtime thriller, 38-31, at sold-out Wilkerson-Sanders stadium in Rockwall.

Tied at 31 going in to overtime, Lawrence carried three more times from the 30-yard line – the last an 18-yard run for a touchdown right through the Scots defense  – to give Rockwall-Heath its first District 10-4A championship, in just its fourth year of existence.

The victory snapped Highland Park’s streaks of 47 consecutive regular-season wins and 45 straight district wins.

The game ended when Highland Park was unable to score on its only overtime possession. On fourth down at about Heath’s 3-yard line, quarterback Luke Woodley’s pass was low and hit the ground. 

Lawrence also went over 2,000 yards rushing in a single-season, establishing several records in the process.  He credited the blocking of Heath’s offensive line.

“I knew from the beginning we were going to get it,” said Lawrence, who also scored on runs of 70, 44, 24 and 1 yard. “When it came down to it, I kept fighting, my team kept fighting, and we got it.”

“No matter who our kids line up against, they’re going to battle and compete,” Rockwall-Heath coach Mickey Moss said. “They’ve learned how to do that.”

The Hawks nearly won the game in regulation play, but as they drove deep into Scots territory for an expected field goal attempt, a high snap from center with just 15 seconds left on the clock flew over the head of quarterback Drew Hollingshead, and time ran out as he recovered.

The Hawks also nearly scored a winning touchdown on their previous series, but were stopped by Highland Park inside their 10-yard line on fourth down.

Highland Park then took the ball and, after a fourth down punt which hit the back of a Hawk player, managed to recover the ball on about Heath’s 40-yard line.

Given new life, Highland Park quarterback Luke Woodley drove his team the rest of the way to tie the score at 31 with just over three minutes to play with his third touchdown pass.

Woodley completed 33 of 54 passes for 255 yards and rushed for one TD.

Rockwall-Heath held Highland Park 143 yards below their average yardage, but the Scots could not stop Lawrence, whom everybody knew would get the call in overtime.

“He’s a great example of refusing to lose,” Moss said.

The first half was a defensive struggle, ending with the score tied 10-10. But in the second half, both offenses came alive, when Lawrence rushed for 226 yards, including OT.

Fourth-ranked Rockwall-Heath will begin playoff play next Friday night, playing Frisco Centennial at Wylie’s Pirate Stadium, beginning at 7:30 pm.

Highland Park, currently ranked No. 1 in the area 4A poll, will meet McKinney in the first round of the playoffs at 7:30 p.m. next Friday at Murphy’s Kimbrough Stadium.

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

Rockwall nearly beats undefeated Highland Park Friday night, losing 49-39

Rockwall quarterback Adam Dingwell completed 25 of 42 passes to six different receivers for 454 yards and four touchdowns as the Yellow jackets nearly pulled off a huge upset while losing to undefeated Highland Park Friday night, 49-39, at the Highlander Stadium.

Highland Park scored a touchdown on it’s first six possessions and then hung on in the second half to win, behind quarterback Luke Woodley, who completed a career high 26 of 38 passes for 416 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for two TDS of 1 and 2 yards.

The Scots defense stopped Rockwall’s (3-6, 2-4) first drive, and then the teams traded touchdowns on the next seven drives combined.

Both teams combined for 1,089 total yards and three receivers had more than 100 yards. Rockwall’s Jarron White caught seven passes for 177 yards, Will Beasley caught eight for 112 yards and Scot Morgan Stringer caught five for 171 yards.

Rockwall did have its chances to win. The Jackets had two drives end inside the Highland Park 10-yard line.

Highland Park’s defense stopped Rockwall on fourth down at it’s own two-yard line midway through the third quarter.  Matt Bonano intercepted a pass in the Highland Park end zone two possessions later.

Dingwell also barely missed connecting on a deep throw into the end zone on the final play of the first half.

The win sets up Highland Park (9-0, 6-0) for next Thursdays clash at Rockwall Heath (9-0, 6-0) that will determine the District 10-4A title.

For more sports scores, stories, photos and more, visit the Sports page at www.rockwallrocks.com

Royse City nearly defeats No. 1 ranked Highland Park in wild shootout, 48-45

Royse City quarterback Richard Morrison generated 500 yards of total offense, scoring two TDs and passing for four more, as the Bulldogs nearly upset the area’s top-ranked 4A and undefeated Highland Park Scots, 48-45, Friday night at Highland Park.

In the wild shootout, both teams combined for 1,000 yards of total offense and 50 first downs.

Ahead 28-7 two minutes into the second quarter, it appeared that Royse City (5-3, 3-2) was well on its way to upsetting Highland Park (8-0, 5-0), until the Scots found their composure and scored 39 straight, unanswered points during the second and third quarters, taking a 46-28 lead.

Royse City stormed back with 15 straight of their own points during the third and fourth quarters, but it wasn’t quite enough to win.

Morrison shocked the Scots crowd on the first Bulldog offensive series when he threw a 65-yard touchdown bomb to Justin Jacobs, barely one minute into the game. Then he surprised Scots fans again on the next series with a 30-yard pass to Jacobs and another 30-yarder for a TD to Devin Bryant.

The two scores marked the first time all season that Highland Park had not scored first in a game, and left the Scots down 14-0.

University of Arizona recruit Morrison finished the game with 209 yards rushing on 16 carries, and 291 yards passing, completing 16 of 31, with one interception.

Jacobs grabbed six passes for 144 yards and two TDs.

Running back Dave Frank rushed for 71 yards on only five carries.

Kicker Kollin Padon connected on five of five PATs.

Highland Park’s comeback was led by quarterback Luke Woodley, who completed 20-30 passes for 248 yards, rushed for one touchdown and passed for two more.

Scots Running back Bryan Dickenson rushed 25 times for 201 yards and one TD. He also grabbed eight passes for 77 yards.

Although Royse City lost, the Bulldogs remain in strong contention for a playoff berth.

For more local Sports scores, photos and stories, visit the Sports page at http://www.rockwallrocks.com