Jackets take the field

The Rockwall Yellowjackets, taking the field before a recent home game, will open the Class 6A state playoffs at home tonight against Harker Heights.

  They’ve made some trips to Longview and Tyler this season, but the Rockwall Yellowjackets will get to stay at home tonight for their playoff game against Harker Heights.

  The Class 6A bi-district football contest is set for a 7 p.m. start at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium.

  Rockwall, which is 8-2 overall, finished second in District 11-6A with a 5-1 record. Their only district loss was to defending state champion Longview, which has won 26 straight games.

Harker Heights, which is in the Killeen school district, went 4-6 in the regular season. The Knights placed fourth in the 12-6A standings with a 4-4 record. They finished behind 8-1 Temple, 7-1 Waco Midway and 6-2 Killeen Shoemaker.

  Rockwall’s prolific offense is averaging 47.5 points and 502.4 yards per game, including 296.1 yards passing and 206.3 rushing.

  “We get a lot of attention because of the numbers on the passing game that we put up,” said Jacket coach Rodney Webb. “But we’re really proud of the rushing numbers. The last five weeks we’ve rushed for more than 200 yards in every game. We’re a two-back run game offense. That’s where it all starts.”

  Rockwall’s stellar sophomore quarterback Braedyn Locke is 171-of-289 passing for 2,914 yards, 36 touchdowns and six interceptions.

  Jacket senior wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba ranks among the top receivers in the state though he missed two games with an injury. Smith-Njiba has caught 67 passes for 1,404 yards and 22 touchdowns.

  J.J. Williams is next for the Jacket receivers with 30 catches for 475 yards and four TDs.

  Trevor Munson has caught 17 passes for 233 yards and one TD.

  Zach Henry leads the Rockwall rushers with 1,047 yards and 14 TDs on 137 carries.

  Khalil Catlett is next for Rockwall with 582 yards and five TDs on 111 carries.

  Harker Heights is averaging 22.3 points per game and is allowing an average of 28.4.

  Knights to watch include quarterbacks Terrance Carter and Shaun West, running back Andre Gebhardt and wide receiver Mikelle Mason.

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