Written by Jon Machota
Interception with 28 seconds left preserves Heath's win over Wakeland
FRISCO — Mickey Moss believed defense would be Rockwall-Heath’s strength heading into this season, and Friday night those defenders backed up their head coach’s expectations.
After falling behind by a touchdown late in the first half, the Hawks defense held its ground the rest of the way, helping to deliver a 20-14 victory over Frisco Wakeland at Pizza Hut Park.
“Our defense played incredible,” Moss said of the unit that allowed only 64 yards of offense in the second half.
No play was more critical than Mario Henderson’s interception with 28 seconds left and Wakeland (0-1) 2 yards from tying the score.
Wakeland quarterback Nick West tossed a pass to the back corner of the end zone and Henderson jumped the route.
“Mario broke on the ball and made a heck of a play,” Moss said.
Receiver Amaris Fields and quarterback Cody Court kept Heath (2-0) close in the first half. They connected on two short passes that Fields turned into scores of 35 and 76 yards.
The 76-yarder occurred with 19 seconds left in the first half. Fields said he was just trying to pick up a few yards, get out of bounds and stop the clock. However, one clean block led to a score that helped turn the momentum.
“I just seen the green and kept going,” he said.
Jovan Hernandez’s 8-yard TD run capped a nine-play drive that put Heath up, 20-14, in the third quarter.