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Zero Week 5A/4A roundup: Rockwall-Heath's stalwart defense paves way; Denton Ryan's Tyrone Williams runs wild
Rockwall-Heath 20, West Mesquite 7
ROCKWALL — Junior Rico Henderson ran for 95 yards and the defense forced five turnovers as Rockwall-Heath defeated West Mesquite, 20-7, at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium.
Heath scored a pair of second-quarter touchdowns with a 12-play drive and then on one play for a 14-0 lead. Henderson scored from 8 yards out to cap the long drive, and Duell Ewing intercepted West Mesquite’s Chason Virgil on the next possession and returned it 74 yards to the West Mesquite 20-yard line. One play later, quarterback Jordan Hoy scored on a keeper around the left end.
West Mesquite, No. 7 in SportsDay’s area Class 4A rankings, responded with Virgil’s bubble screen to Akilian Butler, who broke one tackle and sprinted 20 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-7. Virgil finished with 265 yards, and receiver William Stanley added nine catches for 95 yards to lead West Mesquite.
Heath only needed a pair of 38-yard field goals from Dylan Calder the rest of the way and finished with 228 yards rushing.
Denton Ryan 38, Corsicana 7
CORSICANA — Tyrone Williams rushed for 214 yards on only 11 carries and scored three touchdowns as Denton Ryan opened the season with a rout in Corsicana.
Williams scored on runs of 75, 12 and 61 yards as Ryan opened a 24-0 lead through three quarters. Ryan piled up 394 yards on the ground.
Lake Dallas 44, Rich. Pearce 37
RICHARDSON — Dagan Haehn passed for 240 yards and hooked up with Josh Jackson for four touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, as Lake Dallas rallied to beat Richardson Pearce at Eagle-Mustang Stadium.
Geoffrey Nwarie had given Pearce a 37-30 lead in the fourth quarter with a 17 yard run. But Haehn and Jackson tied the score on a 24-yard pass, and then the two connected on a 6-yard touchdown for the go-ahead score. Jackson finished with 210 yards on nine catches.
Mans. Legacy 38, McKinney 28
MCKINNEY — Senior running back Kijana Amous rushed for 115 yards and scored five touchdowns to lead Mansfield Legacy to a season-opening win over McKinney at Ron Poe Stadium.
Legacy quarterback Terrance Ivery added 131 yards on 13 carries.
McKinney’s Tyree Johnson rushed for two touchdowns and quarterback Brian Sutter threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns.
Midlothian 49, Waxahachie 14
WAXAHACHIE — Midlothian opened with a convincing win over Waxahachie behind a strong running game and stingy defense.
Victor Williams and Najee Mustafaa combined for 239 rushing yards as Midlothian piled up 365 yards on the ground and six scores.
Midlothian’s defense, meanwhile, did not allow Waxahachie to enter the red zone in the first half.
TC Byron Nelson 16, Keller Tim. Creek 13
KELLER — Esteban Ortega hooked up with Hayden Sanders on a 35-yard touchdown pass with 9:04 remaining as Trophy Club Byron Nelson rallied in the fourth quarter for a comeback win over Keller Timber Creek at Keller ISD Athletic Complex.
Byron Nelson missed a chance to put the game out of reach, fumbling at the Timber Creek 1-yard line with just over two minutes remaining. But linebacker Bobby Jones sacked Timber Creek quarterback Anthony Milsap for a safety, and Byron Nelson recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock to finish off the win.
Timber Creek’s Amon Lindsey finished as the game’s leading rusher with 135 yards on 15 carries. Courtney Miles gained 104 yards on 15 attempts to lead Byron Nelson’s rushing attack.