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June 2, 2014

Jackets fall short of state bid at Mesquite SQT

ROCKWALL — Rockwall’s 7-on-7 football team knocked off Wylie and Wilmer-Hutchins before losing to West Mesquite for the pool championship during the Mesquite State Qualifying Tournament at Forester Stadium last Saturday.

The Jackets opened the tournament with a close 26-25 victory over Wylie as Will Reed threw touchdown passes of 16 and 10 yards to Wyatt Miller, a five-yarder to Caleb Broach, a one-yarder to Tamba Juanah and a two-point conversion to Jay Galloway. Broach and Micah Njoku picked off extra point attempts by the Pirates.

Rockwall then bested Wilmer-Hutchins 28-14 to stay undefeated in pool play. The Jackets built a 20-6 halftime advantage and never looked back en route to the win.

Reed connected with Galloway on a four-yard touchdown, then nailed Miller with a 45-yard score and hit Miller again with a five-yard touchdown before Demetre Cooks stepped in front of a Wilmer-Hutchins two-point conversion attempt and returned it for a two-point score. Njoku also stopped an Eagles drive with an interception in the end zone.

In the second half, Reed threw a 45-yard touchdown completion to Jake Hyvl and Cooks intercepted a two-point attempt.

In the final pool game that pitted unbeaten Rockwall against undefeated West Mesquite, the Jackets started sluggish while West caught everything in sight to build an almost insurmountable 21-0 halftime lead.

The Wranglers also scored on the first possession of the second half for a 27-0 lead before Rockwall answered on its first second-half possession with a three-yard touchdown on a Reed-to-Miller completion.           

Rockwall scored again on a Reed-to-Miller two-yard strike, the sixth of the day for the duo.

Galloway then hauled in a one-point conversion to narrow the gap to 27-13, but that would be it for the Jackets.

West Mesquite went on to qualify for the State 7-on-7 Championships, along with Mesquite Horn. The top two finishers in each of the state qualifying tournaments around the state compete at College Station in July.

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