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Heath Hawks come back twice in 4th quarter, beat Frisco Wakeland, 40-36

By J.J. Smith. Anything can happen in a football game, as was proven again last night.

Coming from behind twice in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning 12-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Ross Hudson to junior wide receiver Amaris Fields with just seven seconds remaining, the young Rockwall-Heath Hawks found a way to beat powerful Frisco Wakeland, 40-36, in a highly-entertaining game last night at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium in Rockwall.

There were plenty of highlights in the game, which pitted the Dallas Morning News’ Class 4-A Area’s 8th-ranked Hawks against the 6th-ranked Wolverines .

With the Hawks down, 36-33, with just 30 seconds remaining, Fields set up his final TD catch by making a very clever lateral on the kickoff return – just as he was being tackled at the Hawks’ 33-yard line – to sophomore Parker Wood, who was then able to run the ball 48 yards into Wolverine territory.

After three straight Hudson pass completions, the Hawks scored their final TD for a wild and inspirational victory.

Wide receiver Fields had his best game ever as a Hawk, catching seven passes for 65 yards and two TDs, including a 31-yarder from Hudson at the end of the first half.

Quarterback Hudson scored the Hawks first TD on a sensational 69-yard run in the first quarter. For the night, he totaled 147 yards on eight carries and completed 13 of 19 passes for 126 yards to four receivers and two TDs.

Junior wide receiver Tyler McLoughlin, who caught two of those passes for 24 yards, also returned a Wakeland kickoff 85 yards to open the scoring for the Hawks in the second half.

Trevor Pinkston kicked the extra point, which he did four times.

Sophomore Jeffrey Irokwe, younger brother of former star Hawk running back Jesse Irokwe, scored twice on one and two-yard bursts and rushed for 78 yards on 14 carries.

He and junior Jovan Fernandez, who rushed for 57 yards on 13 carries, filled in admirably for starting running back Dorian Lawry, who did not suit up for reasons that Hawk coach Mickey Moss would not comment on after the game.

Wakeland’s Nick Buhler also had a 30-yard fumble return for a TD. The Hawks lost two of three fumbles while Frisco lost one of five fumbles.

Highly-regarded Frisco quarterback Tyler Kirkindoll completed 23 of 36 passes for 356 yards to six receivers and 3 TDS but he was intercepted twice as his efforts were unsuccessful.

Frisco receivers Brad Sciula and Rodriguez Hayes each caught seven passes for 116 and 104 yards, respectively.

The Hawks are now 2-0 on the season. Frisco Wakeland is 0-1, after generating more total yards than Heath, 442-408 and more first downs, 21-16.

This Thursday at 7 pm, the Hawks will play Garland Lakeview at Garland’s Homer B. Johnson Stadium in their third and last non-district game.

Scoring summary
FWAKE — Dan Harrington 22-yard pass from Tyler Kirkindoll (Zach Paul kick).
RKHTH — Ross Hudson 69-yard run.
RKHTH — Jeffrey Irokwe 1-yard run (Trevor Pinkston kick).
FWAKE — David Robason 3-yard run (Zach Paul kick).
FWAKE — Nick Buhler 30-yard fumble return (Zach Paul kick).
RKHTH — Amaris Fields 31-yard pass from Ross Hudson (Trevor Pinkston kick).
FWAKE — Rodriguez Hayes 4-yard pass from Tyler Kirkindoll (Zach Paul kick).
RKHTH — Tyler McLoughlin 85-yard kickoff return (Trevor Pinkston kick).
RKHTH — Jeffrey Irokwe 2-yard run.
FWAKE — Dan Harrington 29-yard pass from Tyler Kirkindoll (Jonathan Weisheit pass).
RKHTH — Amaris Fields 12-yard pass from Ross Hudson (Trevor Pinkston kick).

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