TAYLOR — Rockdale forced five turnovers and scored 22 points in a wild fourth quarter to rally past Lexington 29-27 in a nondistrict neutral-site game Thursday.
Rockdale’s Brandon Hernandez scored a 17-yard rushing touchdown early in the fourth to cut Lexington’s lead to 14-13, and Luis Iruegas tacked on a 19-yard field goal shortly after to give Rockdale a 16-14 lead with 9:25 remaining.
Lexington retook the lead on a 57-yard pass from freshman Sheldon Springer to Ja’Kobe Cooper, but the two-point attempt failed, making it 20-16. Rockdale then went on a 13-0 run on a 61-yard TD pass from Jace Robinson to Jackson Perry and a Cam’Ron Valdez 34-yard TD run to take a 29-20 lead with 1:27 left.
Springer found Garrett Stamport for a 14-yard TD with 1:09 left, but the Tigers held on.
Valdez also had a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and finished with 121 rushing yards on 24 carries. Robinson completed 12 of 22 passes for 159 yards, and Quentin Hughes led the Tigers with 65 receiving yards on six catches.
Cooper had first-half touchdown runs of 3 and 35 yards to stake the Eagles to a 14-0 lead and carried 17 times for 121 yards. Springer completed 6 of 13 passes for 123 yards with three interceptions, and Jordan Kerr caught five passes for 52 yards.
The game was a designated Gold Out Game, which raises money for childhood cancer research.