Josh Rippy (47) and Wyatt Miller move in for this tackle in Rockwall's big win over Rowlett last Thursday, but will face an even stiffer test on the road Friday against Coppell.

Rockwall-Heath will take the gridiron against Richland tonight at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium after a full week of homecoming activities that focused on the “Rock The Rebels” theme.

Every day featured different wardrobes and costumes, the homecoming parade was on Wednesday, with a senior class cookout and community pep rally, and pre-game royalty ceremonies are set for 6:30 p.m. tonight before the game.

Homecoming week concludes tomorrow with a homecoming dance at Southfork Ranch.

Heath’s Hawks will attempt to continue their undefeated start when they go after their third straight win tonight.

Richland (1-1) enters the game after falling 46-32 to arch-rival Birdville last Friday.

The Rebels put up 128 yards passing and two touchdowns on 11-of-20 passing by quarterback Brandon Maine and posted 194 yards rushing on 32 total carries and two touchdowns.

C.J. Hicks ran for both rushing TDs, a 2-yard score and a 9-yard score, and chalked up 110 yards on the ground on 11 carries in the loss.

The Hawks defense has given up only one touchdown in the opening two games.


Jackets take on fifth-ranked Coppell

Rockwall (1-1) hits the road tonight to face the area’s fifth-ranked Coppell Cowboys on their home field.

The Cowboys are undefeated (2-0) and are also ranked No. 8 in the state.

They opened last week’s 49-24 victory over McKinney Boyd with a 98-yard kickoff return by Troy Parker and then added an 83-yard TD run by Gavin McDaniel for a 14-0 lead.

But, Boyd rebounded with three straight field goals (40, 35, 26) and a safety to close the gap to 14-11.

That was as close as Boyd would get, as Coppell outscored the Broncos 35-13 in the rest of the game.

Quarterback Skyler Bonneau went 8-for-8 for 189 yards and two touchdowns and McDaniel ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries to lead the Cowboys, which put up 429 yards of total offense.

Coppell’s defense is led by defensive lineman Soloman Thomas (6-4, 262, 4.7), a preseason all-state selection by Texas Football Magazine, and linebacker John Herubin, who tallied 106 tackles in 2012.