Rockwall hosts Highland Park at Homecoming game Friday

ROCKWALL – After beating County-rival Royse City two weeks ago for their first victory of the season, 21-10, the highly-touted Rockwall Yellowjackets (1-2) will begin District 10-4A action Friday night at their Homecoming game against undefeated defending District champion & No. 2 Area-ranked Highland Park (3-0) at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium at 7:30 pm.

The high-powered Scots are averaging 50 points and 464 yards total offense per game after defeating playoff contender Everman 48-28, Monterrey Tec (Mex.), 46-7, and Sherman, 56-14.

Rockwall’s defense may face its strongest test of the season.

The Yellowjackets were also highly ranked – in the Area top-ten – at the beginning of the season, but the team has started slowly, losing its first two games, 20-13 to Garland Naaman Forest and 34-14 to 5A rival Rowlett.

Senior quarterback Wesley Davis (pictured above left) is among the Class 4A leaders in passing, completing 41-of-66 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns. He also leads the Jackets in rushing with 194 yards on 42 carries and three TDs. Alex Ntchobo is second with 16 carries for 147 yards.

Andrew Hinckley, the star of the victory over Royse City and Dallas Morning News “Defensive Player of the Week,” leads receivers with 14 catches for 124 yards and one TD. He’s also kicked 2-of-2 field goals and 3-of-3 PATs.

Other leading receivers are Zach Berryman, with nine catches for 112 yards, and Coan Calabrese, who has five catches for 79 yards and one TD.

Against Royse City, Hinckley intercepted three passes, including on a 21-yard return for a touchdown, plus kicked an extra point.

Davis told that it was Hinckley who recognized an weakness in the Bulldogs defense that led to one of Rockwall’s touchdowns.

“We’d been running this one play, kind of running to the right. It’s a play we’ve been working on since the spring, and he saw it open up and he was right. I told Coach Smith and he said, “Alright,” and we were lucky enough to get in the end zone for a touchdown.”

Against the Bulldogs, the 6′ 6″, 205 lb. Davis completed 14-of-23 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown, plus rushed for 66 yards on 15 carries and two TDs.

One reason the Yellowjackets have been able to run and pass the ball so well is 6′ 7″, 345 lb. senior guard Cameron Rose (pictured above right), who is being highly recruited by colleges across the nation.

Offensive coordinator Rusty Brackett (pictured above center) said Rose is not only gifted physically but also athletically.

“He is exceptional in the state,” said the coach.

Scots quarterback Brady Burgin is ranked fourth in Class 4A passing with 768 yards and 11 touchdowns on 59-of-78 passes.

Tailback Preston Miller has rushed for 387 yards and six TDs on 32 carries and is among Area scoring leaders with 42 points.

William Morris leads HP receivers with 22 receptions for 298 yards and six TDs. Dalton Stogner has caught 20 passes for 255 yards and three TDs.

Rockwall will hold its homecoming parade Thursday, moving from the high school to the Stadium, after a pep rally beginning at 12:30 pm.

There will be a senior class hamburger cookout at the stadium before the game. Homecoming royalty will be presented at about 7 pm, when the Queen and King will be crowned.

A Homecoming Dance is scheduled Saturday night.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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