NORTH MESQUITE FOOTBALL

North Mesquite believes better times are in its future.

That will almost certainly be the case and when they do arrive, they can look back at nights like Friday as learning experiences.

The Stallions ran into an offensive juggernaut in Rockwall and the Yellowjackets raced to a 76-7 victory at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium.

Rockwall improves to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in 11-6A, while North Mesquite falls to 2-5 and 0-3.

The Yellowjackets hit the ground running.

Star Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who missed the better part of two games at the start of district, is showing no lingering effects of that injury.

Braedyn Locke hooked up Smith-Njigba on touchdowns of 53 and 16 yards to take a 14-0 lead just 3:03 into the game.

After Zach Henry scored on a 15-yard run, the Locke-to-Smith-Njigba connection went back to work, connecting on scoring strikes of 5 and 26 yards as the lead swelled to 35-0.

The Stallions got on the scoreboard when Kobie Norman broke free on a 58-yard touchdown, but that would be all Rockwall would allow.

The Yellowjackets, meanwhile, were not finishing scoring.

Henry had a 34-yard touchdown run and Smith-Njigba returned a punt 55 yards for a score to push the advantage to 49-7 at halftime.

Unfortunately for North Mesquite, it was more of the same in the second half.

Khalil Catlett and Jackson Bennett rushed for touchdowns in the third quarter. The fourth quarter saw Lake Bennett throw a short scoring pass to Matthew Coleman and Matthew Hejny also finding the end zone to provide the final margin.

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