Heath opens football season tonight vs. Mark Elam’s Naaman Forest

By J.J. Smith. Ranked 10th in the Dallas Morning News pre-season football poll, the Rockwall-Heath Hawks – led by head coach Mickey Moss – will open their season tonight against Garland Naaman Forest,  coached by former Rockwall athletic director and head coach Mark Elam, at 7:30 pm at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium.

Elam left the Rockwall ISD athletic director position in April, 2009, and last coached at Rockwall in 2004. He was 29-41 in seven sevens with the Yellow Jackets. Prior to that, Elam led North Mesquite to four consecutive playoff berths and a No. 1 state ranking in 1996. His career coaching record is 149-88-9.

Returning 8 starters from last year’s 7-4 team, the Hawks offense is expected be led by junior running back Dorian Lawry, who last season rushed for 972 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Senior Ross Hudson, who has only seen limited experience in past years, will replace Kevin Rodgers at quarterback. Juniors Clark Pope (32 receptions, 504 yards, 2 TDs) and Amaris Fields (7-109)  plus converted defensive back  senior Tyler Wood are expected to be his leading receivers.

Coach Moss did not want to make any predictions about the outcome of this season when questioned last week. He said he is concerned about the team’s overall depth. But he added that he felt the team had “heart,” would play hard and he was excited about their prospects.

He said he felt the team was up to the challenge of making the playoffs for the third time since the school opened in 2008.

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