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

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By J.J. Smith. 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.

Heath’s offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage all night. It also protected senior quarterback Kevin Rodgers so well that he was able to complete 13 of 16 passes for 233 yards and three TDs, including long strikes to Tyler Harding for 25 yards, Cameron Wilson for 38 yards and Ryan Peterson for 48 yards.

The Hawks only real mistakes were penalties which hampered them during the second half. They had seven total penalties for 50 yards.

The Yellow Jackets offense had a pretty good night of their own, rolling up 443 yards of total offense, behind Josh Broach’s 24 carries for 121 yards and three TDs, including a 35-yard run and 29-yard pass play from San Dieto State recruit QB Adam Dingwell.

Dingwell completed 14 of 21 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns, including an exciting 69-yard pass play to Will Beasley to end the scoring for the night. 

But the Yellow Jackets defense had a very difficult time all night, giving up 550 yards of total offense to the Hawks.

The game began well for them, when they stuffed running back Jesse Irokwe with a one-yard loss, but four plays later Heath scored its first TD on Lawry’s 12-yard run and it went downhill from there.

Harding then hauled in his 29-yard pass from Rodgers and Lawry added his 29-yard TD run. Then Broach scored Rockwall’s first TD on an exciting 35-yard run, but Heath already led 21-7 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Hawks scored three more TDs, when Wilson and Peterson scored on their long pass plays and Lawry added his third TD on a seven-yard run. Broach scored twice for the Yellow Jackets, but the score was 41-21 at the half.

In  the second half, Rockwall actually outscored the Hawks, 17-14,  but it just wasn’t enough. Yellow Jacket kicker Ted Gates kicked a 29-yard field goal to open the scoring. But the Hawks answered with Lawry’s seven-yard TD run.

Rockwall’s Del Myles electrified the crowd to begin the fourth quarter scoring with a 56-yard run, injecting some hope in the Rockwall crowd. But now behind 48-32, Lawry ran 44 yards for his and the Hawks last score to take the wind out of the Yellow Jackets’ faint hopes. 

Rockwall’s last score came on Beasley’s 69-yard pass from Dingwell. 

Heath has now won four straight games after a season opening loss to a tough 4-1 Sherman, and appears to be ready to defend its District 10-4A championship crown.

If Rockwall’s defense can toughen up, the Yellow Jackets still stand a good chance of either yet winning the District crown or at least making the playoffs. Only four teams will make the cut, however, and besides the Hawks, at least three other 10-4A teams appear capable this year of making it into the post-season.

Pre-season favorite Highland Park (4-1, 2-0)) continued their winning ways last night, blasting Greenville (3-2, 0-2), 59-12; Carrollton’s Newman Smith (3-2, 1-1) crushed Turner (0-5, 0-2), 48-6; and J.J. Pearce (4-1, 2-0)  beat up rebuilding Royse City (0-5, 0-2), 55-14 in Richardson.

Rockwall will continue District play Thursday night, 7:30 pm, against Turner in Carrollton’s Standridge Stadium.

Friday night Rockwall-Heath will play Newman Smith at Standridge, also at 7:30 pm.

Royse City will seek their first victory when they play at home against Greenville Friday night at 7:30 pm.

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