West Mesquite stops Rockwall comeback bid in season opener, 32-28

By J.J. Smith. A valiant second half comeback bid by 13th-ranked Rockwall was stopped short by an intercepted pass with under two minutes to play and the fourth-ranked West Mesquite Wranglers held on to defeat the Yellow Jackets in an exciting season opener for both teams, 32-28, last night at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium.

Down 26-14 at halftime,  the Yellow Jackets had stormed back behind new quarterback Alan Reed’s passing and running to take a fourth-quarter 28-26 lead. Reed threw for two TDs to Blake Turner and Reed Loftis, plus ran for two TDs on the night.

But after the Wranglers’ scored their only points of the second half on Raashaan Reason’s five-yard TD run with 2:19 left, Reed’s final pass was intercepted by defensive lineman Markeith Thomas and the Wrangler’s then ran out the clock.

The hard-fought game ended with all-everything Wranglers quarterback Trevone Boykin taking a knee on the Yellow Jackets two-yard line.

The first half seemed all West Mesquite, which scored two TDs in each quarter. Boykin rushed for three TDs on 15, 65 and one-yard runs. He also threw a 10-yard pass to Fred Ngwu for another. He finished the night with 212 yards on 17 carries and completed 16 of 27 passes for 165 yards with one interception.

But Rockwall kept him off the field most of the second half, behind Reed’s passing and running, as well as running back Josh Broach.

Broach rushed 24 times in the second half for 109 yards, and had a total of 150 yards on 32 carries.

Reed ended the night completing 14 of 18 passes for 214 yards to six receivers and rushing for 44 yards on eight carries.

Yellow Jackets Wes Davis caught three passes for 136 yards, Loftis caught three for 28 yards and Spencer Edwards caught three for 16 yards.

Team statistics were fairly even. West Mesquite had 446 total yards and 19 first downs compared to Rockwall’s 423 yards and 16 first downs. Both punters averaged 40 yards per kick. WM punted three times and Rockwall four times.

West Mesquite lost one fumble, while Rockwall did not fumble at all. The Wranglers had only one five-yard penalty, and Rockwall only two for 20 yards.

Rockwall will play their second game of the season next Friday night vs. Rowlett at Homer B. Johnson Stadium in Garland, beginning at 7:30 pm.

Scoring summary
WM — Trevone Boykin 15-yard run (pass failed).
WM — Fred Ngwu 10-yard pass from Trevone Boykin (Christian Rios kick).
ROCK — Reed Loftis 17-yard pass from Alan Reed (Ted Gates kick).
WM — Trevone Boykin 65-yard run (kick failed).
ROCK — Blake Turner 11-yard pass from Alan Reed (Ted Gates kick).
WM — Trevone Boykin 1-yard run (Christian Rios kick).
ROCK — Alan Reed 1-yard run (Ted Gates kick).
ROCK — Alan Reed 9-yard run (Ted Gates kick).
WM — Raashaan Reason 5-yard run (pass failed).

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