After whipping state-ranked Arlington Martin 45-38 on homecoming, the Rockwall Yellowjackets will take on another state-ranked team in the District 11-6A football opener on Friday.
The 3-1 Jackets, who are ranked 14th in 6A by “Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine,” will face the No. 4 Longview Lobos at 7:30 p.m. at Lobo Stadium in Longview. Not only is Longview ranked fourth but the Lobos are the defending Class 6A Division II state champions and have won their last 20 games, including their first four games this season.
Longview beat non-district foes Lufkin (24-21), Marshall (53-0), John Tyler (42-0) and West Monroe, La. (17-7).
Rockwall celebrated homecoming with an other display of offensive prowess. As homecoming queen Hannah Odell and homecoming king Keshon Kittrell looked on, the Jackets rolled up 550 total yards.
Sophomore quarterback Braedyn Locke was 17-of-31 passing for 341 yards and six touchdowns in that game. Locke has now thrown for 1,573 yards and 19 touchdowns this season, completing 77 of 132 attempts with only three interceptions. He has a quarterback rating of 130.5.
Senior wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba caught 11 passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns. Smith-Njigba has caught 35 passes for 759 yards and 11 TDs for the season. The Ohio State commit was named the Class 6A Ford Built State Player of the Week following his performance against Arlington Martin.
J.J. Williams snagged three passes for 51 yards and a TD and Brenden Bayes caught a 50-yard touchdown pass. Williams ranks second on the team with 10 catches for 276 yards and three TDs. Trevor Munson has caught seven for 90 yards.
Khalil Catlett led Rockwall in rushing against Arlington Martin with 34 carries for 176 yards. Catlett leads the Jackets for the season with 321 yards and four TDs on 62 carries.
Jackson Bennett rushed for 33 yards on seven carries.
Rockwall is now averaging 567 yards and 53 points per game.
Longview is averaging 34 points and 413 yards per game. Quarterback Haynes King, the son of Lobos’ head coach John King, is 46-of-86 passing for 663 yards and two TDs. King threw for 3,665 yards and 41 touchdowns as the Lobos went 16-0 last season.
King has also rushed for 117 yards and two TDs.
Running back Kaden Meredith leads the Lobos with 439 yards rushing and six TDs on 64 carries.
Kyas Moore is Longview’s top receiver with 16 catches for 291 yards.