As two Spring (Texas) defenders learned the hard way in Friday night’s Class 6A, Division II regional semifinals, Rockwall (Texas) senior running back Caleb Broach isn’t going to be taken down easily.
A pair of Spring defensive backs dove at Broach’s legs in an attempt to trip up the 5-foot-9, 195-pound Broach — who appropriately carries the Twitter handle @1beast1mode — only to be hurdled on his way to a remarkable 60-yard touchdown run. The scamper couldn’t have come at a better time for Rockwall, marking the first of 29 unanswered fourth-quarter points after the Yellow Jackets had fallen behind 26-14.
The 43-26 victory sends Rockwall to the state quarterfinals. Broach’s 60-yard score came just two weeks after his breakout 309-yard, eight-touchdown effort in the opening round of the 6A-II state playoffs. He finished with 127 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries in the
Broach’s 60-yard run wasn’t the only highlight-reel play of Friday’s victory, either. Rockwall senior defensive back James Taylor chased down a Spring receiver, stripped him at the 10-yard line and recovered the fumble at the goal line to prevent his team from falling behind by three scores. Unreal.
Rockwall hasn’t won a state championship since 1963. They last appeared in a state final in 1987. Considering the Yellow Jackets lost their first three games of the season, it’s been a remarkable string of 10 straight victories to reach the state quarterfinals, and we know Broach won’t being taken down easily.