Rockwall kicker Travis Shinn nailed a 29-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining to defeat McKinney North 16-14 and almost clinch a Class 4A playoff berth for the Jackets.
A win tonight at Richardson Pearce would lock down second place and the No. 1 seed in Division 1 for Rockwall. Highland Park has already claimed the No. 1 seed in Division 2 and the District 10-4A championship.
However, the second, third and fourth playoff spots won’t be set until after tonight’s final regular-season games.
A Pearce win over Rockwall would give both teams 4-3 records; a McKinney victory over HP would give the Lions a 4-3 record; and a McKinney North victory versus Wylie would give both North and Wylie 4-3 records.
A Jacket victory against the Mustangs would end the complicated scenario of playoff possibilities for Rockwall. A loss could place the Jackets in third, fourth or even out of post-season play.
Pearce (3-3) comes into the final regular-season game after falling to Wylie 42-12 last Friday. Star QB Mac Morse started for the Mustangs after leaving their previous game, a 38-28 win over McKinney, with an injury.
He was 36-of-51 passing for 384 yards and two TDs. Blake Durant caught seven passes for 121 yards and Jared Floyd grabbed 12-for-115 yards and two touchdowns.
McKinney North put a scare into the Jackets last Friday during the Halloween season by taking a 14-13 lead on a 53-yard drive that was capped by a Brylen Williams 1-yard run with 1:15 left in the game.
For more, see the Nov. 5 issue of the Rockwall County Herald-Banner.