When Mesquite and Rockwall-Heath met last season, the offenses generated just one touchdown in the rare 6-4 final, which went to the Hawks.
Friday was a much different story and a different victor, as the Skeeters had too much for Rockwall-Heath in a 49-39 victory on Homecoming night at E.H. Hanby Stadium.
It was the Hawks (3-3, 0-2 in 11-6A) that got off to the quick start, as Josh Vogel kicked a 25-yard field goal and Preston Landis had a 2-yard touchdown run to grab an early 10-0 lead.
As they have done all season long, the Mesquite (5-1, 1-1) special teams provided a boost late in the first quarter when Tyler Releigh-O’Neal recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to get them on the scoreboard.
A short time later, LaDarius Turner busted free for a 68-yard touchdown run to give them a 14-10 lead early in the second quarter.
The teams went back and forth for the remainder of the second quarter.
Josh Hoover hooked up with Jayden Jones on a 47-yard touchdown pass for the Hawks, which was matched when Dylan Hillard-McGill got loose for a 67-yard touchdown run.
Hoover then went back to Jones for a 31-yard score only to see Mesquite need less than a minute to respond, as Hillard-McGill found Ja’Darion Smith for a 20-yard scoring strike to take a 28-24 lead into halftime.
The Skeeters got some cushion in the third quarter, as Turner’s 1-yard run gave them a 35-24 advantage.
Rockwall-Heath made it a three-point game when Zach Evans had a 3-yard scoring run and they converted the two-point conversion to close to within 35-32 early in the fourth quarter.
Mesquite had an immediate answer, as RJ Bonner scored on a 39-yard touchdown run and Hillard-McGill added a 7-yard score late in the fourth to make it 49-32.
The Hawks would tack on one late score in the final minute, but it would be too little, too late.