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Rockwall scores TD in final two minutes, beats Rowlett, 31-28

Junior running back Josh Broach scored his third touchdown of the night on  a five-yard run with less than two minutes remaining on the clock to lead Rockwall to a hard fought, 31-28, come-from-behind victory over neighboring Rowlett last night, as the Yellow Jackets successfully christened their beautiful new Wilkerson-Sanders stadium in front of about 8,000 spectators. 

Down 28-24, after Rowlett had scored its final TD with 9:45 remaining on a 12-yard run by Eagle running back Treyvon Green, Rockwall (2-0) drove down the field, featuring a 33-yard pass from Adam Dingwell to Will Beasley. 

Then after Rowlett was charged with a pass interference penalty, for tackling Beasley in the end zone before the pass arrived, referees placed the ball on Rowlett’s five-yard line. The 5’9″, 185-pound Broach took it in from there in one play, capping a 129-yard rushing night. He now has scored seven TDs in his first two games.

It didn’t take long for Rockwall to score its first touchdown in their newly-refubished home, which seats 10,000 fans. The Yellow Jackets scored on their opening drive just four and a half minutes into the game on a perfect 10-yard Adam Dingwell pass to Scott Loy in the back of the end zone over the outstretched arms of a defender. 

Rowlett countered with their first touchdown and extra point kick tying the score at the end of the first quarter, 7-7.

In the second quarter, Broach scored his first TD on a five-yard off-tackle slant. Kicker Travis Shinn also nailed a 33-yard field goal and the Yellow Jackets took a 17-14 lead into halftime, after Rowlett scored late in the quarter on a two-yard run.

On the second play of the second half, Rowlett took the lead for the first time, when a Rockwall defender missed going for an interception on a down and out pattern and Rowlett receiver Joshua Powell caught the pass and ran 67 yards down the sideline for the go-ahead TD, putting Rowlett up 21-17.

Rockwall responded on their next series with a 85-yard TD drive, capped by a Broach one-yard plunge, taking a 24-21 lead.

Rockwall outgained Rowlett, 431 yards to 366 yards of total offense.  Rowlett gained 192 yards rushing to 166 for the Yellow Jackets.

Besides Broach’s running, Dingwell carried 11 times for 37 yards. The San Diego State recruit also passed for 265 yards on 18 of 27 completions, with one TD.

Beasley and Loy each snagged seven catches, for 132 and 87 yards respectively. Luke Wardell also caught two passes for 23 yards. Reed Loftis and Broach each caught one pass.

Rockwall travels Sept. 11 to play at defending 5A state champion Allen (1-1), which last night beat Monterrey Tec (Mex.), 35-21. Allen lost their opening game ata Longview, 28-25.  

In non-conference action involving other District 10-4A teams, Rockwall-Heath lost its season opener to Sherman, 40-31, Highland Park romped over Frisco Liberty, 42-14, and Richardson Pearce lost to Denton Ryan, 64-36.

TOTALS

Rowlett                      7      7      7      7        28

Rockwall                   7      10     7     7         31

ROCK – Scott Loy 10 pass from Adam Dingwell (Ted Gates kick)

ROW – Treyvon Green 14 run (Chase Thrasher kick)

ROCK – Travis Shinn 34 FG

ROCK – Josh Broach 10 run (Shinn kick)

ROW – Grant Bothun 2 run (Thrasher kick)

ROW – Joshua Powell 67 pass from Blake Taylor (Thrasher kick)

ROCK – Broach 1 run (Gates kick)

ROW – Green 12 run (Thrasher kick)

ROCK – Broach 5 run (Shinn kick)

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