The Jackets will take on the 0-1 Rowlett Eagles at 7 p.m. Friday at Homer B. Johnson Stadium in Garland. Last year’s game against Rowlett in Rockwall was called off due to lightning.
Highland Park, ranked first in Class 5A, outscored the Jackets 66-59 in a wild game that lit up the Wilkerson-Sanders scoreboard.
Rockwall lost despite rolling up 744 total yards.
Rockwall sophomore quarterback Braedyn Locke, in his first varsity start, was 30-of-47 passing for 569 yards and five touchdowns with just one interception. Locke finished with a quarterback rating of 132.3.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, a 6-1, 195-pound senior, led the Rockwall receivers, with 13 catches for 311 yards and three touchdowns. His longest reception went for 75 yards. Smith-Njigba has verbally committed to play at Arkansas.
Senior J.J. Williams caught a 42-yard touch-down pass from Locke and Locke connected with Brenden Bayes on a 35-yard touchdown pass.
Zach Henry caught five passes for 52 yards for the Jackets, while Trevor Munson snagged four passes for 58 yards and Jax Johnson caught two for 20 yards.
Henry, a 5-11, 195-pound senior, rushed for a team-high 156 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries.
Khalil Catlett also ran for eight yards on five carries and Smith-Njigba ran once for 11 yards.
Ethan Spearman was 8-for-8 on conversion kicks and also booted a field goal for Rockwall, which led 21-7 after one quarter. Highland Park outscored Rockwall 24-10 to even the score to 31-31 at halftime. Highland Park outcored Rockwall 35-28 in the second half to claim the victory.
Jake Edwards led the Rockwall defense with a pair of interceptions.
Highland Park quarterback Chandler Morris was selected as the Class 5A 2019 Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week after going 23-of-47 passing for 474 yards and five touchdowns and also rushing 15 times for 180 yards and four TDs. He is verbally committed to Arkansas, where his father Chad Morris is the head coach.
Last year’s Rowlett-Rockwall game was called off to the threatening weather conditions and not made up since it was a non-district game.
Rowlett lost its season opener 31-7 last week to Prosper.
Rowlett returns four offensive starters and three defensive regulars off a 7-3 playoff team in 6A.