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Richardson Pearce holds off Rockwall in last minute in wild offensive show, wins 43-36

By J.J. Smith. Down 43-29 with just over three minutes left in the game, the Area’s 12th-ranked Rockwall Yellow Jackets rallied to score a touchdown with 58 seconds remaining, recovered an onside kick and then drove to Richardson Pearce’s 30 yard-line, but failed to complete a fourth-down pass with nine seconds remaining.

As a result, the Area’s 8th-ranked Mustangs (5-2, 3-1) held on to defeat disappointed Rockwall (4-3, 2-2) in a wild offensive show last night at Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium, 43-36.

Although the Yellow Jackets amassed 562 yards total offense, the Mustangs were able to convert more of their 531 yards total offense into points.

Rockwall’s Adam Dingwell completed 22 of 36 passes to six receivers for 314 yards and one TD, Will Beasley’s caught six passes for 139 yards and one TD, plus Josh Broach carried 33 times for 178 yards, caught four passes for 22 yards and scored two TDs.

Luke Wardell also caught five passes for 81 yards and Scott Loy four for 52 yards.

Mustang quarterback Caleb Lewis was almost perfect, completing 29 of 32 passes for 369 yards and two touchdowns to six receivers. Jake Allen caught nine passes for 102 yards and Pearce’s first touchdown. Mustang Josh Gold rushed 15 times for 119 yards and caught six passes for 76 yards, scoring four TDs.

Pearce took the early lead on a 20-yard pass to Allen from Lewis, but Broach’s three-yard run tied the score. Gold came back to score on an eight-yard run to give the Mustangs a 14-7 first-quarter lead.

In the second quarter, Pearce scored again on a short burst by Gold and a 36-yard pass from Lewis to Blake Jumonville. But Rockwall blocked the first PAT kick and the two-point conversion failed.

Rockwall also scored twice on a Broach 12-yard run, a Del Myles seven-yard run, plus a one-point PAT kick by Ted Shinn and two-point conversion pass to Reed Loftis from Dingwell. 

The Mustangs then held a 26-22 lead.

In the third quarter, the only score was a 41-yard field goal by Pearce’s Michael Hunnicut, increasing their lead to 29-22.

But in the fourth quarter both offenses again came alive, scoring 14 points each.

Pearce scored on two nine and four yards.   

Rockwall scored with Myles second TD run of 10 yards. He rushed 87 yard on 11 carries. Beasley scored the final TD on a 19 yard pass from Dingwell.

SCORING:

Pearce                    14         7        3         14          43

Rockwall                  7       15        0        14           36

PEA – Jake Allen 20 pass from Caleb Lewis (Michael Hunnicutt kick)

ROCK – Josh Broach 3 run (Ted Gates kick)

PEA – Josh Gold 8 run (Hunnicutt kick)

PEA – Gold 2 run (kick blocked)

ROCK – Broach 12 run (Travis Shinn kick)

PEA – Blake Jumonville 36 pass from Lewis (pass failed)

ROCK – Del Myles 7 run (Reed Loftis pass from Adam Dingwell)

PEA – Hunnicutt 41 FG

ROCK – Myles 10 run (Shinn kick)

PEA – Gold 9 run (Hunnicutt kick)

PEA – Gold 4 run (Hunnicutt kick)

ROCK – Will Beasley 19 pass from Dingwell (Shinn kick)

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