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

SHERMAN – 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.

After the Hawks (0-1) led 17-7 at the half and Heath’s defense had limited the Bearcats (1-1) to just 17 yards rushing and two first downs in the first half, Sherman came roaring back with 20 straight points in the third quarter, on 50 and 29-yard Carter TD strikes.

Then, with Sherman leading 21-17, Heath fumbled a punt snap from center and Bearcat defender J.J. Floyd ran the ball in for a 13-yard TD, extending the lead to 28-17.

Sophomore running back Darian Lawry then electified the crowd with a 99-yard kickoff return, and scored again on an 11-yard burst with just 4:45 left to push Heath ahead, 31-28.

But Sherman was not to be denied, moving the length of the field for Cater’s go-ahead touchdown and the victory.

In the second half, Lawry replaced Heath running back Jesse Irokwe, who had scored two TDs and rushed for 95 yards in the first half. No details are available why Irokwe did not play in the second half.

Heath outgained the Bearcats with 447 total yards in total offense – 216 passing and 211 rushing - compared to Sherman’s 232.

Heath’s Kevin Rodgers completed 16 of 35 passes for 216 yards and one interception in his first complete game as the Hawks’ starting quarterback. He also rushed 12 t imes for 42 yards.

Four Hawk receivers caught passes, led by Ryan Peterson with 5 receptions for 47 yards and Tyler Harding with four for 54 yards. Clark Pope caught three passes for 45 yards and Irokwe one for 40 yards.

Besides Irokwe’s 95  rushing yards on 13 carries, Lawry gained 63 yards on 10 carries and Sebastian Gill on carry for 11 yards.

Carter ended the night with 16 completions on 22 attempts to six different receivers for 169 yards. He was also the leading Bearcat rusher with 54 yards on 17 carries. Nathan James also gained nine yards on six carries.

The Hawks next and first home game will be Sept. 11 at 7:30 pm vs. Arlington Seguin (0-2), which lost last night to Wylie, 42-27, and Burleson on opening night, 31-20.

In non-conference action last night involving other District 10-4A teams, Rockwall rallied in the last two minutes against Rowlett and won 31-28, Highland Park romped over Frisco Liberty, 42-14, and Richardson Pearce lost to Denton Ryan, 64-36.


ROCKWALL-HEATH                  7   10      7     7           31

SHERMAN                                     0      7   20   13           40


RKHTH – Jesse Irokwe 3 run (Brad Dunavant kick)

RKHTH – Irokwe run (Dunavant kick)

SHER – Madison Carter 1 run (Eric Hosek kick)

RKHTH – Trevor Pinkston 22 FG

SHER – Greg Jackson 50 pass from Carter (kick failed)

SHER – Jackson 29 pass from Carter (Hosek kick)

SHER – J.J. Floyd 13 fumble return (Hosek kick)

RKHTH – Darian Lawry 99 kickoff return (Pinkston kick)

RKHTH – Lawry 11 run (Pinkston kick)

SHER – Carter 3 run (run failed)

SHER – Geoff Hooker 75 interception return (Hosek kick)

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