State-ranked Rockwall and Rockwall-Heath will renew their I-30 Football Classic rivalry before an expected full house on Friday in the District 10-6A opener for both teams.
The opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Cameron-Webb Field at Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium.
Rockwall is 3-1 for the season and ranked No. 20 among the Class 6A teams following a 38-31 victory last week over South Grand Prairie.
Heath is also 3-1 following a 52-24 win last week over Waco Midway. The Hawks were state-ranked entering the season.
Heath leads the classic series at 7-5 after winning a 79-71 double-overtime thriller in last year’s game. The Hawks also won 28-27 in 2017, 34-27 in 2016, 45-12 in 2012, 21-13 in 2011, 55-38 in 2009 and 38-21 in 2008. Rockwall won 38-27 in 2020, 38-17 in 2019, 47-7 in 2018, 24-20 in 2013 and 52-51 in 2010.
Heath and Rockwall combined for 1,487 yards in last year’s thriller that kept the fans on both sides of the stadium on the edge of their seats.
Heath quarterback Josh Hoover, who is now at TCU, went 16-of-26 passing for 365 yards and four touchdowns.
Rockwall quarterback Braedyn Locke, who is now at Mississippi State, was 20-of-33 for 411 yards and three touchdowns.
Locke’s 51-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to Aiden Meeks with two seconds remaining sent the game into overtime.
Layne Horak intercepted a Rockwall pass in the second overtime to preserve the Hawks’ victory.
Heath ran for 420 yards as running back Zach Evans pounded out 270 yards and five TDs on 33 carries and Brittan Snider rushed for 142 yards and a score on 23 carries.
Zach Hernandez ran for 268 yards and one TD on 56 grueling carries for the Jackets. Hernandez threw for a 15-yard touchdown. Teammate Lake Bennett passed for a 21-yard touchdown and Caden Marshall threw for a 4-yard touchdown.
Marshall led the Rockwall receivers with 10 catches for 257 yards and two TDs. Meeks caught five passes for 94 yards and three scores. Brennan Ray caught three for 67 yards and a TD and Noble Johnson caught four for 25 yards.
Rockwall rolled up 550 total yards in the victory over South Grand Prairie. Bennett was 23-of-29 passing for 369 yards and two TDs and Mason Marshall was 2-of-3 for 31 yards and a TD.
Wide receiver Noble Johnson had a big game for the Jackets with seven catches for 163 yards and two TDS. Aiden Meeks caught four for 86 yards.
Ashten Emory led the Rockwall rushers with 62 yards on 13 carries. Parker Williams rushed for 48 yards and a TD on seven carries and Jonathan Varnan ran for 35 yards and a score on nine carries.
Heath has won its last three games after dropping the season opener to No. 6 state-ranked Denton Guyer. The Hawks put three rushers over the 100-yard mark in the win over Midway. Jack Davenport led with 160 yards on seven carries, including a long run of 70 yards. Malachi Tuesno ran for 132 yards and a TD on 11 carries with a long run of 75 yards. Britton Snider rushed for 107 yards and a TD on 14 carries.
Hawk quarterback Caleb Hoover was 17-of-25 passing for 153 yards and two TDs.
Payton Winfield led the Hawk receivers with seven catches for 70 yards. Eli Finley caught four passes for 56 yards and two TDs.
Adding to the rivalry is that Heath and Rockwall have met in the Region II-6A baseball finals in each of the past two years. The Hawks were state champions in 2021.