Rockwall bounced back from a tough loss to defending state champion Longview with a 45-7 District 11-6A football pounding of Mesquite Horn on Friday at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium.
Held to only 201 yards by Longview in a 49-3 loss, the Yellowjackets exploded for 409 yards against Horn, including 225 yards rushing and 194 passing.
Sophomore quarterback Braedyn Locke was 15-of-31 passing for 184 yards and three touchdowns against Horn as the Jackets improved to 4-2 for the season and 1-1 in 11-6A.
All three of Locke’s touchdown passes went to receiver Kade Klinkovsky, covering 8, 7 and 14 yards.
J.J. Williams led the Jacket receivers with eight catches for 88 yards.
Trevor Munson also caught two for 40 yards.
Rockwall’s receivers picked up the slack in the absence of Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Rockwall’s leading receiver. Smith-Njigba, the Ohio State commit who leads the Jackets with 36 catches for 763 yards and 11 touchdowns, sat out the game with an injury. Smith-Njigba also missed the second half of the Longview game with an injury.
Zach Henry paced the Rockwall rushers with 117 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Henry scored on runs of 4 and 2 yards.
Jackson Bennett also scored on a 2-yard run for Rockwall, which rolled up a 38-7 lead at halftime.
Khalil Catlett ran for another 51 yards on 10 carries and Matthew Hejny added 28 yards on four rushes.
Ethan Spearman also booted a 39-yard field goal.
Horn, which dropped to 2-4 for the season, managed 215 yards against Rockwall, including only 62 yards rushing.
Horn scored its only touchdown on a 53-yard pass from Davazea Gabriel to N’Kowsi Emory. Gabriel went 6-of-11 passing for 103 yards. Braylon Monroe was also 4-of-13 passing for 50 yards for the Jaguars.
Ben Wyatt led the Jaguar receivers with three catches for 48 yards and Emory finished with two for 68 yards. Wyatt also rushed for a team-high 40 yards on 13 carries.