Rockwall’s running game was the difference as the Yellowjackets outscored Rockwall-Heath 38-17 to win the I-30 Football Classic on Friday night before a packed Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium.
In the battle of sophomore quarterbacks, Heath’s Josh Hoover was 24-of-40 for 298 yards passing and one touchdown. Rockwall’s Braedyn Locke was 17-of-24 for 183 yards and three TDs. Hoover now has 2,345 yards passing for the season, completing 143 of 227 attempts for 21 touchdowns and six interceptions. Locke has now thrown for 2,058 yards and 25 TDs with only three interceptions. He’s 124-of-212. Hoover and Locke lead the 6A quarterbacks in the Dallas area in passing yards.
But Rockwall outrushed Heath 271-103 to go 5-2 for the season and 2-1 in District 11-6A play. Heath dropped to 3-4 and 0-3.
Zach Henry led the Rockwall rushing attack with a game-high 163 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Khalil Catlett also ran for 97 yards on 17 carries.
Zach Evans was Heath’s leading rusher with 57 yards on 13 carries. Preston Landis finished with 36 yards on nine rushes. The Hawks’ longest run against the Rockwall defense was only 12 yards.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who recently received a Built Ford Tough Texas player of the week award, led the Jacket receivers with 10 catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns. Kade Klinkovsky caught three passes for 29 yards. Smith-Njigba, who has committed to Ohio State, now has 46 catches for the season for 873 yards and 14 TDs.
Corban Cleveland led Heath’s receivers with 10 catches for 130 yards. Jayden Jones was next with six for 93 yards. Cleveland now has 44 catches for 661 yards and Jones has caught 37 for 918 yards.
Rockwall led 17-7 at halftime and 31-17 after three quarters.
Heath still leads the series 6-4 dating back to 2008 but Rockwall has won the last two meetings, claiming a 47-7 victory last season.
Rockwall, which is tied with Mesquite for third place in 11-6A, will entertain 2-4 North Mesquite at 7:30 p.m on Friday at Wilkerson-Sanders. North Mesquite is 0-2 in district play with losses of 35-17 to Tyler Lee and 45-10 to Mesquite.
Quarterback Kamaury Thompson operates the Stallions’ offense, completing 50 of 93 passes for 750 yards, eight touchdowns and only one interception. Thompson has also rushed for 338 yards and three TDs.
Samuel Inyang leads the Stallion rushers with 408 yards and five TDs on 56 carries.
Torrion Smith is North Mesquite’s top receiver with 352 yards and five touchdowns on 21 receptions.
Heath travels to Longview to face the 6-0 Lobos, who are the defending state champions and the district co-leaders. Longview has won its last 22 games, having gone 16-0 in 2018. Longview has won its two district games by scores of 49-3 over Rockwall and 44-20 over Mesquite Horn.
Longview quarterback Haynes King, the son of head coach John King, directs the Lobo offense. King is 65-of-119 passing for 930 yards and five TDs and has rushed for 284 yards and seven TDs.
Kaden Meredith is Longview’s top rusher with 796 yards and 10 TDs on 89 carries.
Kyas Moore tops Longview’s receivers with 21 catches for 420 yards and a TD.