Rockwall-Heath starts strong over W. Mesquite

ROCKWALL, Texas -- Two-sport star Jovan Hernandez said he prefers the rush of running in for a touchdown over hitting a huge homer, both of which he is known to do for Rockwall-Heath.

Hernandez's 11-yard score Thursday opened the Hawks' scoring for the 2011 season on the way to a 19-7 win over West Mesquite.

“I’m kind of used to the home runs,” Hernandez said with a laugh.

Hernandez was a cog in a platoon of Rockwall-Heath rushers, adding 40 yards to the Hawk’s rushing total of 202.

But almost half of Rockwall-Heath's points came courtesy of the defense, which scored eight points (two on a first-quarter safety) against a tentative West Mesquite offense.

West Mesquite turned the ball over four times on fumbles; the last one put the nail in the coffin in the fourth quarter. Jay Arnold picked up the loose ball and ran it 47 yards into the end zone to make the score 19-7. Rockwall-Heath had added a 28-yard field goal in the third.

West Mesquite found a rhythm in the beginning of the second quarter and drove 80 yards for its only score of the game. The drive was capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Courtland Smith.

Between the scores, both teams played a sloppy game typical of Zero Week that also stood out because of the inability to condition players due to extreme heat during practices, Rockwall-Heath head coach Mickey Moss said.

“This was broadcast on TV and I don’t even know if I want to watch it because it was ugly,” Moss said with a chuckle.

No matter, Hernandez was glad to get the first game and his first score out of the way after being sidelined for a week with an ankle injury.

“My stomach dropped [after the touchdown],” Hernandez said. “I came into this game nervous so it felt good.”