Angry Orange storm the field

The Rockwall Yellowjackets take the Wilkerson-Sanders Field.

  The Rockwall Yellowjackets will try to regroup from a tough loss as they resume District 11-6A football play at home on Friday against Mesquite Horn.

  The opening kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium as the 3-2 Yellowjackets entertain the 2-3 Horn Jaguars.

  Defending state champion Longview spoiled the Jackets’ district opener last week in Longview, handing them a 49-3 loss. Rockwall, which was averaging 567 yards and 53 points per game, was held to only 201 total yards by the No. 4-ranked Lobos, who extended their winning streak to 21 straight.

  Rockwall quarterback Braedyn Locke, who was averaging 393 yards passing per game, finished at 15 of 25 for 118 yards.

  Brenden Baynes led the Rockwall receivers with four catches for 64 yards and Caden Marshall caught four for 31 yards.

  Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who was the Ford Built 6A State Player of the Week in Rockwall’s 45-38 homecoming win over state-ranked Arlington Martin, finished with just one catch for four yards.

  Rockwall finished with 83 yards rushing. Zach Henry led with 50 yards on 11 carries and Matthew Hejny added 25 yards on five rushes.

  Quarterback Haynes King led the Longview offense, rushing for five touchdowns and throwing for one.

  That loss knocked the Yellowjackets out of the state rankings.

  Horn won its district opener 35-14 over crosstown rival Mesquite last week. Horn rushed for 305 yards in that game, getting 214 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries by running back Ben Wyatt. Wyatt has rushed for 423 yards and eight TDs on 59 carries this season.

  Horn quarterback Davazea Gabriel was 8-of-16 passing for 190 yards and ran for 27 yards and a touchdown on three carries. Gabriel is 50-of-102 passing this season for 823 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. He’s also rushed for 247 yards and six TDs.

  Locke is still averaging 338.2 yards passing for the Yellowjackets. He’s 92-of-157 for 1,691 yards, 19 touchdowns and only three interceptions.

  Smith-Njigba, who did not play the second half of last week’s game, lead the Jacket receivers with 36 catches for 763 yards and 11 TDs.

  Rockwall beat Horn 41-35 in last year’s game as Smith-Njigba caught 13 passes for 158 yards and three TDs.


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