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Rockwall-Heath rallies in 2nd half to beat Naaman Forest, 37-28

ROCKWALL – Rockwall-Heath came from behind in the second half last night in their first Class 5A contest, rolling up 535 yards in total offense, to beat Garland Naaman Forest in their home opener at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium, 37-28, behind the brilliant passing and running of quarterback Chase Schultz.

The senior quarterback accounted for 352 yards total offense, completing an impressive 23 of 34 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions, and rushing 12 times for 101 yards and two more TDs.

Receiver R.J. Williams caught two TD passes, plus four more for 80 yards. Wide receiver Shyon Motlagh caught five passes for 82 yards. Tailback Rico Henderson caught five more for 25 yards, plus rushed for 110 yards on 12 carries.

Schultz spread his passes around to seven more receivers for another 64 yards.

Heath was first to score when Henderson scored on a 4-yard run, 7 minutes into the first quarter. After stopping Naaman Forest, the Hawks scored again three minutes later on a 21-yard pass from Schultz to Williams. After Ethan Smith kicked both PATs, the Hawks led 14-0.

Back came the Rangers with two long touchdown passes from Justin Walker to receiver Marcus Perkins on 73-yard and 60-yard passes. Perkins caught a quick slant and split two defenders for the first score and scored the second on a screen pass just two possessions later.

After kicker Eric Teller made one but missed another PAT, he connected on a 26-yard field goal with about three minutes left in the first half and the Rangers led at halftime, 16-14.

In the third quarter, Heath took a short-lived lead, 21-16, when Schultz completed his second TD pass to Williams covering 15 yards and Smith kicked the PAT.

But with six minutes left in the third quarter, the Rangers squeezed ahead again after Damion Melito scored on a two-yard run. After the PAT run failed, the Rangers led 22-21.

Three minutes later Schultz scored the first of his rushing TDs, breaking two tackles on a nine-yard run down the sideline. He came back a few minutes later on an 11-yard scamper to vault the Hawks into the lead for good, 35-22.

The Rangers made it close with their last TD at 9:06 in the fourth quarter, on a 29-yard pass from Walker to Branson Ball. The PAT kick was blocked but Naaman Forest was down by only one touchdown, 35-28, with plenty of time remaining. But the Hawks defense shut down the Rangers the rest of the way.

Heath scored once more with 2:30 left on a 41-yard field goal by Braylon Irving.

The usually strong Hawks defense surprisingly gave up 422 yards of offense to the Rangers, 271 passing and 151 rushing. Heath Coach Mickey Moss will have some work to do with his defense this week as the Hawks prepare to play South Garland at Homer B. Johnson stadium, Sept. 7 at 7:30 pm.

TOTALS:

Gar. Naam. Forest

7

  9

6

  6

28

Rockwall-Heath

 14

0

 14

9

37

RH — Rico Henderson 4 run (Ethan Smith kick)

RH — R.J. Williams 21 pass from Chase Schultz (Ethan Smith kick)

NA — Marcus Perkins 73 pass from Justin Walker (Eric Teller kick)

NA — Marcus Perkins 60 pass from Justin Walker (kick failed)

NA — Eric Teller 26 FG

RH — R.J. Williams 15 pass from Chase Schultz (Ethan Smith kick)

NA — Dameon Melito 2 run (run failed)

RH — Chase Schultz 9 run (Ethan Smith kick)

RH — Chase Schultz 11 run (kick failed)

NA — Branson Ball 29 pass from Justin Walker (kick blocked)

RH — Braylon Irving 41 FG

NA

RH

First Downs

22

33

Rushing Yards

43-151

37-284

Passing Yards

271

251

Passing

16-29-0

23-34-0

Punts-Avg

4-34.25

1-48.00

Penalties

9-68

8-90

Fumbles-Lost

3-1

2-1

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing — NA: Juaquin Davis 25-77, Justin Walker 11-61, Marcus Perkins 1-9, Dameon Melito 4-6, Stat Team 2–2, RH: Rico Henderson 12-112, Chase Schultz 12-101, Jeremy Armstrong 8-45, Brandon Young 1-16, Alex Solis 3-11, Stat Team 1–1.

Passing — NA: Justin Walker 16-29-0-271, RH: Chase Schultz 23-34-0-251.

Receiving — NA: Marcus Perkins 5-147, Juaquin Davis 3-47, Branson Ball 4-43, DeMarcus Horton 3-32, Eddie Ekpenyong 1-2, RH: Shyon Motlagh 5-82, R.J. Williams 6-80, Rico Henderson 5-25, Jake Fisher 1-13, Jokorean Swanson 1-12, Eric Cox 1-12, Rashod Johnson 1-10, Patrick Baires 1-7, Jeremy Armstrong 1-6, Austin O’Dell 1-4.

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