ROCKWALL – Rockwall head football Coach Rodney Webb told the 300 or so Yellowjacket fans at the public pep rally for his team last night in front of the high school that, just as the Jacket’s playoff opponents recently learned that Jacket Fight Never Dies, their opponent in this Saturday’s Regional Final – unbeaten Lake Travis – is about to learn the same lesson.
He pointed out that the Yellowjackets have trailed at one point in all three playoff games thus far but rallied to defeat Copperas Cove, Jesuit and Spring because Jacket Fight truly Never Dies and the team never quits.
He pointed out that last Friday in Waco, after trailing 26-14, the Jackets roared back to score 29 points in the last nine minutes to shock Spring, 43-26.
The week before, trailing 24-23 with eight minutes left to play, the Yellowjackets scored two touchdowns and PATs to sting Jesuit, 38-27.
In their first playoff game against Copperas Cove, trailing 35-31 in the second half, Rockwall scored 36 points unanswered points on five TDs and a safety to grab the 67-35 victory. That was the game in which Caleb Broach scored 8 TDs.
He added that the Yellowjackets are no longer just a team, they are now a “tribe,” as former Navy Seal Clint Bruce told them Thursday at a team meeting.
For their 10 straight victories after three early season losses – two to highly-ranked 6A teams – the Yellowjackets were awarded a large trophy last night as team of the week by WFAA8-TV and Lakeside Chevrolet.
Rockwall streaming audio game announcer Billy Quinton served as Master of Ceremonies at the rally, with his game partner, County Judge David Sweet. Several players were recognized for their efforts this season.
Rockwall team captains Caleb Broach, Will Reed, Kenneth Tobias and Austin Sargent told the crowd how excited and thankful they are to play for the Yellowjackets and represent Rockwall in the playoffs. Sargeant credited Webb for turning Rockwall’s football program around since he took over the coaching duties four years ago.
Rockwall is now one of only four Division II teams left in the playoffs. They will collide with unbeaten Lake Travis (13-0) tomorrow at 2 pm at 102,000 seat Kyle Field at Texas A&M in College Station. The winner will advance to the Division II semi-final game next week.
By J.J. Smith