By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports
Anxiety crept in late, but the Waxahachie Indian defense continued to prove its worth in a thrilling 31-25 6A Region II area championship victory against Rockwall on Friday at Globe Life Field in Arlington.
Waxahachie led 31-18 with 6:40 to play in the fourth quarter and even benefitted from a Calvin Simpson-Hunt interception a little later. But the Yellowjackets refused to buzz off.
Rockwall quarterback Lake Bennett scored from 3 yards out with 2:35 to play to cut the Indian lead to 31-25. Beck Sullivan recovered the ensuing onside kick attempt and the Indian faithful exhaled.
Rockwall outgained the Tribe 469 total yards to 337. The Indians, however, made the most of their game-high 243 rushing yards and saw their defense force four turnovers.
Jayden Becks (8-95) and quarterback Roderick Hartsfield (11-54) each rushed for a touchdown. Hartsfield also completed 6-of-his-10 passes for 94 yards and two scores — one each to Keith Abney II (3-53) and Becks (1-22).
Rockwall advanced to the 6A DI area round with a 50-24 victory against Sachse.