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Rockwall-Heath vs Highland Park in District 10-4A championship game this Friday night

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The football game we’ve all been waiting for all season long for all the marbles in District 10-4A will be played this Friday at 7:30 pm when the state’s sixth-ranked 4A school, pre-season favorite and perennial district champion Highland Park (8-1, 6-0) play defending champion Rockwall-Heath (7-2, 5-1) at Highland Park.

The Hawks have overcome the loss last year of such standouts and now college players as Kendial Lawrence (Missouri), Austin Moss (Arkansas), Everett Gilbert (Montana State) and Drew Hollingshead (Houston).

Led by senior quarterback Kevin Rodgers, who’s completed 136 of 218 passes for 2,024 yards, 12 TDs and only five interceptions, the Hawks only losses came in their opening game against District 9-4A co-leader Sherman (8-1), 40-31,  plus to 10-4A rival Carrollton Newman Smith (7-2, 5-1), 28-14.

Other Hawks standouts have been offensive lineman and Oklahoma recruit Austin Woods, running backs Dorian Lawry and Jesse Irokwe, receivers Cameron Wilson and Ryan Peterson, kicker Trevor Pinkston and defenders Drew Baxter and Armondo Villa.

The high-scoring Scots only loss came against Class 5A power Coppell (8-1) early in the season, 41-20.

Led by quarterback Luke Woodley, who’s completed 182 of 251 passes for 2841 yards (fourth highest in the N. TX Area), 30 TDs and only four interceptions,  they have been undefeated in District 10-4A play since, exceeding 50 points in each of its six victories.

The Scots have the no. 2 Area 4-A offense, averaging 500 yards per game.

Scot receiver Chris Hipps is the leading receiver in Class 4-A with 61 catches for 1162 yards and 15 TDs.

If Highland Park wins the game, they will become the outright District 10-4A champion.

If Heath wins, there would be a three-way tie for first place, if Newman Smith beats powerful Richardson Pearce (6-3, 4-2) Friday night.

Regardless of who wins and loses, these four teams from District 10-4A will advance to the playoffs. Only four can progress into post-season play.

Rockwall (4-5, 2-4) will try to stop its three-game losing streak Friday night as it closes out its disappointing season at Greenville (5-4, 2-4).

Royse City (0-9, 0-6) will complete its rebuilding year by attempting to win its first game of the season at Carrollton’s winless R.L. Turner (0-9, 0-6).

Rockwall-Heath clinches playoff berth, rallies with fourth-quarter TD to beat Pearce, 27-24

Down 24-20 in the fourth quarter in a game with serious playoff implications, Rockwall-Heath’s Kevin Rodgers completed a 15-yard pass to Cameron Wilson and Trevor Wilson kicked the PAT as the Hawks rallied to beat Richardson Pearce 27-24 last night at Richardson’s Eagle-Mustang stadium and clinch a playoff berth.

Behind the almost perfect passing of Rodgers, who completed 16 or 20 passes for 250 yards, two TDs and no interceptions; plus the running of Dorian Lawry, who gained 167 yards on 31 carries and two TDs; the Hawks rallied from a 17-14 halftime deficit.

Click here to read the story at TheRockwallNews.com.

Rockwall-Heath scores 21 straight points in second half to win homecoming game over Royse City, 31-24

Although the 10-10 halftime score was close, Rockwall-Heath scored 21 straight points in the second half behind the passing and running of quarterback Kevin Rodgers and won their homecoming game, 31-24, in a District 10-4A offensive show against neighboring Royse City Friday night at Rockwall.

Despite the loss, rebuilding and improving Royse City (0-4, 0-7) did make it closer than expected by rolling up 490 yards total offense, including 438 yards passing by Bulldog quarterback Taylor Corbin.

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Newman-Smith’s Wilson returns kickoff 77 yards as Trojans surprise Rockwall-Heath, 28-14

Terrell Wilson returned the second half kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown and Carrollton’s Newman Smith High School’s Aldo Quiroga and Randall Joyner each rushed for over 100 yards as the Area’s 11th-ranked Trojans surprised the Area’s ninth-ranked Rockwall-Heath Hawks, 28-14, Friday night at Standridge Stadium.

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Rockwall-Heath scores touchdowns on its first six possessions, clobbers Rockwall, 55-38

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Scoring touchdowns on its first six possessions, Rockwall-Heath scored more points in the first half against I-30 Cross-town Classic rival Rockwall than it has in any complete game this season, and the 13th-ranked Hawks clobbered the seventh-ranked Yellow Jackets 55-38 last night at Wilkerson-Sanders stadium, winning the inaugural Congressman Ralph Hall trophy.

Behind the rushing of junior running back Dorian Lawry, who rushed 24 times for 227 yards and five TDs, including 29 and 44-yard runs, Heath (4-1, 2-0) scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and led 21-0 before Rockwall finally scored its first TD.

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Rockwall-Heath defeats stubborn Arlington Seguin in tough home opener, 26-10

Tied 7-7 at halftime, Rockwall-Heath’s offense finally broke open a close game by scoring 19 points in the second half, while the Hawks’ defense limited Arlington Seguin to just three points, and Heath defeated a stubborn Seguin team, 26-10, in a tough home opener Friday night at Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sanders stadium.

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Rockwall-Heath loses season opener, 40-31, as Sherman scores twice in last two minutes

Sherman quarterback Madison Carter scored from three yards out with 2:07 remaining and Geoff Hooker returned an interception 75 yards on the next series as the Bearcats stunned Rockwall-Heath, 40-31, Friday night at Bearcat stadium.

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Rockwall-Heath’s Austin Woods named to Texas Football’s Preseason All-Academic first team

 

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Rockwall-Heath’s highly-regarded offensive lineman Austin Woods has been named by influential Texas Football magazine to their annual first team Preseason All-Academic team.

The 6’5″, 248 lb. senior is expected to again anchor the Hawks offensive line. He is being recruited to play at numerous colleges, including the University of Oklahoma.

The magazine’s recruiting analyst and longtime expert Randy Rodgers compiled his third-annual Preseason All-Academic team as recommended by coaches.

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’s Kendial Lawrence will not play against Sulphur Springs this Friday

Bad news.
Rockwall-Heath coach Mickey Moss said Monday that an injured right shoulder will keep Kendial Lawrence out of this Friday’s Class 4A Division II Region II final playoff game against Sulphur Springs.
That’s a big blow to the Hawks.

Lawrence, a senior running back who has rushed for 2,679 yards and 43 touchdowns this season – more than any other Class 5A or 4A running back – is a big reason why the Hawks have had an undefeated season, thus far.

Lawrence suffered the injury in the second quarter of Rockwall-Heath’s 17-14 victory over Ennis last Friday at Texas Stadium.

“He’s a difference-maker, and we’d love to have him out there,” Moss said. “But there’s nothing we can do about it. We’ve just got to move on.”

Losing Lawrence is disappointing, Moss said, but it can also be an opportunity for other members of the team to show their skills.
In the win over Ennis, for example, junior Jesse Irokwe filled in for Lawrence and rushed eight times for 92 yards, including two long runs for 36 and 34 yards.
Senior Everitt Gilbert has also had several hundred-yard rushing games, and over 200 yards in a recent playoff game against Frisco Centennial.
“We can’t have all our hope and faith in one person,” Moss said. “It’s a good lesson not only for football, but also in life.”
The Rockwall-Heath Hawks (13-0) will play Sulphur Springs (11-2) this Friday night, Dec. 5, at 7:30 pm at Texas Stadium. It will likely be televised, and we’ll let you know when and on what channel.
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