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The I-30 Classic is Upon Us

Another chapter in the storied Rockwall Rivalry is set to play out this Friday night.

To anyone within Rockwall County, fall brings a few things: weather-that-isn’t-near-the-boiling-point, the reopening of pumpkin patches and various other autumnal hallmarks, and high school football — specifically, the annual battle between the northside and southside, more commonly known as the I-30 Classic.

For the several seasons, Rockwall-Heath and Rockwall have faced each other on the gridiron, with Heath leading 6-4 in the series as of right now — October 21st. However, for the last two years, Rockwall has basically blown out Heath, with last year’s game ending in a 38-17 loss for the Hawks.

But, this year is expected to be different. The Hawks are off to an explosive start, ranking alongside Rockwall as one of the highest scoring offenses in the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The Hawks are currently 3-1 outside of the district, beating Lewisville, McKinney Boyd, and McKinney North — only falling to Southlake-Caroll. Under Mike Spradlin, a still relatively new addition to the organization, the Hawks have greatly improved, having star juniors and seniors in the varsity ranks.

Zach Evans, one of Heath’s major players as a runningback is averaging more than 6.6 yards a carry, and Jay Fair leads all local Class 6A and 5A receivers with 463 yards in four games. Other key players include Preston Landis and Josh Hoover, both critical for the Hawks’ successes on the field. In 2019, the Hawks didn’t score more than 47 points in any game they played that season, but they’ve scored more than that in nearly every game played so far.

This year’s rivalry game is slated for 7:30 P.M., Friday night at Wilkerson Sanders Memorial Stadium, and Heath is on the away side this year, with Rockwall taking the home side. Rockwall ISD has released this extensive list of rules, ticketing info, and parking information in preparation for the game.

Buy your tickets and show up for the Hawks! JFDT!


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