Rockwall HCA scores winning TD in final minute, beats Arlington Fellowship, 52-48


ROCKWALL -  Rockwall’s Heritage Christian Academy celebrated its homecoming Friday night with an exciting 52-48 victory over Arlington Fellowship Academy, stopping AFA on the five-yard line as time expired.  

In the see-saw battle which saw seven lead changes, HCA scored the winning touchdown with just over a minute to go, when junior Asa Burke caught an 11-yard pass from junior quarterback Austin Pettit, Burke’s second TD of the night.

In the first half of the high-scoring affair, after AFA scored first, HCA stormed back with 22 unanswered points, on 4 and 55-yard pass receptions by Aaron Mateer from Austin Pettit, plus Burke’s four yard run.

AFA scored once again on a 27-yard pass, but HCA led at halftime, 22-14.

In the second half, AFA stormed back with 22 points in the third quarter to HCA’s 14 to tie the score at 36-36.  War Eagles’ scores came on two Austin Pettit TDs, on a one-yard plunge and a 15-yard scamper.

In the decisive fourth quarter, after AFA scored another TD, HCA’s Eric Bradley ran the ball in from three yards out. Then after AFA scored on a 26-yard pass, to take a 48-45 lead, HCA moved down the field and closed out the victory on Pettit’s 11-yard pass to Burke.

On the night, Pettit rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns, while also throwing for 70 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Mateer caught four passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns, while converting on five of seven extra points. 

In above photos:

Austin Pettit #14 runs for a touchdown against AFA.

Eric Bradley #21 takes the pitch from #7 Nathan Mateer with #22 Caleb Cathey blocking.

Homecoming Queen Lauren Pettit and King Sam Prater appear in the third photo.

HCA (2-3) will begin district play next Friday night as they visit Lakehill Preparatory Academy (6-1).


AFA           6      8      22     12     48

HCA           8   14      14     16      52

AFA  Jacob Collins 32 run (kick failed)
HCA Aaron Mateer 4 pass from Austin Pettit (Aaron Mateer kick)
HCA Asa Burke 4 run (Aaron Mateer kick)
HCA Aaron Mateer 55 pass from Austin Pettit (kick failed)
AFA Jacob Johnson 27 pass from Jacob Collins (Kyle Collins kick)
AFA Jacob Collins 24 run (Kyle Collins kick)
AFA Taylor Turner 34 pass from Jimmy Dodd (Kyle Collins kick)
AFA Jimmy Dodd 8 run (kick failed)
HCA Austin Pettit 1 run (kick failed)
HCA Austiin Pettit 15 run (Aaron Mateer kick)
AFA Judah Collins 2 run (kick failed)
HCA Eric Bradely 3 run (Aaron Mateer kick)
AFA Kevin Holden 26 pass from Jacob Collins (kick failed)
HCA Asa Burke 11 pass from Austin Pettit (Aaron Mateer kick)

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