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West Mesquite overwhelms Rockwall in season opener, 43-17

ROCKWALL – West Mesquite quarterback Chason Virgil accounted for 361 yards of total offense and four touchdowns as the Class 4A Wranglers overwhelmed Rockwall, 43-17, its first game as a Class 5A school last night at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium.

West Mesquite, ranked third in the Dallas Morning NewsClass 4A area rankings, scored touchdowns on four of its first five possessions and took a 28-3 halftime lead.

Virgil ran 33-yards for their first TD and then passed for three more, including 31- and 54-yard strikes to William Stanley. Virgil passed for 311 yards, completing 20-of-28 passes, and rushed for 50 yards. Stanley caught eight  passes for 156 yards and five other receivers caught passes against the Jackets  defense.

Rockwall had some success in the third quarter, scoring 14 points as first-year quarterback Dylan Campman hit speedy Zach Berryman with a 33-yard TD pass and ran nine yards near the close of the stanza.

Unfortunately, in between, the special team allowed Wrangler running back Raashaan Reason to return the kickoff 99 yards to put the game out of reach.

In the fourth quarter he scored again on a 24-yard run, and West Mesquite tacked on a two-point conversion.

Bright spots for the Yellowjackets were Berryman, who rushed for 85 yards on just 12 carries and caught two passes for 35 yards, plus kicker Tyler Bonny, who nailed a 43-yard field goal in the first quarter and one PAT.

Campman rushed for 50 yards on 17 carries but only passed for 76 yards. completing 6 of 14 attempts. Xavier Castille caught 5 passes for 52 yards.

The offensive line opened plenty of holes, as the Jackets rushed for 230 yards. Unfortunately the defense was too porous and has some work to do this week as Coach Scott Smith’s team prepares to battle Rowlett Sept. 7 at home at 7:30  pm.

Rowlett beat North Mesquite 31-14 in their home opener at Homer B. Johnson stadium, behind the passing and running of new quarterback Carson Hyles, who completed 20 of 26 passes for 292 yards for two TDS and ran for another. Derrick Imade also rushed 23 times for 114 yards and one TD.

Final totals are not yet available.

By J.J. Smith

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