Down 21-0, Rockwall rallies for wild 52-51 win over Heath

By J.J. Smith. In one of the most exciting games ever played in modern history at Rockwall’s Wilkerson Sanders stadium, the Rockwall Yellow Jackets roared back in the second half for a wild 52-51 win over cross-town rival Heath last night, after trailing 21-0 in the first half and 37-14 in the second.

Rockwall (3-4, 2-2 District 10-4A) quarterback Alan Reed led the charge, completing 18 of 28 passes for 418 yards and three touchdowns – including 72, 76 and 72 yard catch and run plays by wide receiver Blake Turner. Turner caught 12 passes for 373 yards, which must be some kind of record.

Reed also rushed for 165 yards and four more scores, on two, one, seven and one-yard runs.

In the wild finish, Heath (4-3, 1-3) back Jovan Hernandez rushed for 14 of his total 254 yards on 34 carries to score the Hawks last TD with 1:50 remaining.

Heath Coach Mickey Moss then elected to go for the win with a two-point conversion but quarterback Ross Hudson’s pass fell incomplete and the Yellow Jackets ran out the clock to preserve the victory.

In the unusually high-scoring game, Rockwall also recovered two onside kicks – which is rare – to help propel them to victory.

After Heath took a 21-0 first quarter lead on Hernandez’ 9 and 32-yard runs, plus Hudson’s 25-yard pass to Amaris Fields, the game appeared to be out of hand for the Jackets.

Hawk Dorian Lawry, who rushed for 240 yards on 13 carries, also scored his first TD in the second quarter, plus Hernandez scored on a one-yard run and Trevor Pinkston kicked a 21-yard field goal, giving Heath 31 points by halftime.

But Reed connected twice on long bombs with Turner and ran for one score to help the Jackets finish the first half with 21 points.

Rockwall head coach Scott Smith must have said something incredibly motivational at halftime because the Jackets came out and scored a 38-yard field goal by Travis Shinn and four TDs to actually take a 52-45 lead late in the fourth quarter.

Rockwall amassed 583 total yards and 22 first downs while Heath had 625 and 24 first downs. Heath rushed for 539 yards and passed for only 86 yards while Rockwall had 418 passing and 165 rushing.

The win by Rockwall evens their district record to 2-2, and keeps them squarely in the playoff picture. The Hawks third straight loss drops their district record to 1-3, and means they likely cannot lose again to make District 10-4A playoffs again this year.

Scoring summary:
RKHTH — Jovan Hernandez 9-yard run (kick blocked).
RKHTH — Jovan Hernandez 32-yard run (Ross Hudson run).
RKHTH — Amaris Fields 25-yard pass from Ross Hudson (Trevor Pinkston kick).
ROCK — Blake Turner 72-yard pass from Alan Reed (Ted Gates kick).
ROCK — Alan Reed 2-yard run (Travis Shinn kick).
RKHTH — Dorian Lawry 14-yard run (Trevor Pinkston kick).
RKHTH — Trevor Pinkston 21-yard field goal.
ROCK — Blake Turner 76-yard pass from Alan Reed (Ted Gates kick).
RKHTH — Jovan Hernandez 1-yard run (pass failed).
ROCK — Travis Shinn 38-yard field goal.
ROCK — Alan Reed 1-yard run (Ted Gates kick).
RKHTH — Dorian Lawry 67-yard run (Amaris Fields from Ross Hudson).
ROCK — Blake Turner 72-yard pass from Alan Reed (Travis Shinn kick).
ROCK — Alan Reed 7-yard run (Travis Shinn kick).
ROCK — Alan Reed 1-yard run (Ted Gates kick).
RKHTH — Jovan Hernandez 14-yard run (pass failed).

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