RHS vote on Class 3A proposal may be a moot point
he University interscholastic League took another step in their efforts to make sure everybody makes the playoffs on Monday as the UIL legislative council proposed to split up Class 3A into two divisions, joining the remaining classifications, which are already divided. It will also add a fourth playoff team beginning next season. While RISD superintendent Dr. Howell Wright and RISD Athletic Director Jeff Miller basically support the amendment for equality’s sake, it may be a moot point for the Rockdale school district. Because of waning enrollment, the Tigers may be included in Class 2A in UIL’s next bi-annual reclassifiction in 2014. “I will vote to support the scenario for the 2013 team sport season (it also adds a fourth playoff team to all team sports),” Dr. Wright said. “Football will have two schools from each district represented in both divisions (one and two). The way our district is aligned four out of the five teams that participate in football would make the playoffs. “I am voting to support the provision because it allows our students to follow the same or similar guidelines as the other UIL conferences. “I am torn,” Miller said. “In regards to the playoffs being expanded to the top four teams in each district, I have mixed emotions. “First of all I think that four teams from a district of five, six or seven teams is too many. On the other hand, the UIL had to do something to level the playing field for the small schools in 3A.” Currently, 4A and 5A take the top four from each district. The two largest enrollment schools go Division I and the two smallest schools go Division II. This generally keeps a “small” 4A or 5A from playing someone twice their size in the play-offs. Currently A and 2A are divided prior to the season starting which ensures that teams are playing other teams similar in size. Class 3A takes the top three teams with the largest going big school and the next two going small school. “Rockdale is in absolutely the worst position that any school in the state can be in,” said Miller. “3A districts range from 450 to 1,005 students and are not divided prior to district competition. “Also, since the team with the highest enrollment goes division I and then the next largest school goes division II, a team like Rockdale (which turned in 474 students but is more in the range of 440 now) could easily play a school with over 900 students in the playoffs. There is no way that is fair in any team sport.” For example: six of the 32 districts in class 3A consist of three teams with an enrollment of over 900 students. Meaning second and third place teams both could be in the small school bracket with Rockdale. “Going to four teams making the play-offs really only benefits football in regards to leveling the playing field because the other sports will still be thrown into the same play-off tournament regardless of size,” Miller said. “The only way to make it completely fair is to split the districts by size prior to district competition.” On a personal note... Thanks to all the e-mails, phone calls, phone messages and texts I received during my recent hospital stay–or as I like to call it—my prison sentence. It’s always overwhelming when you discover that people actually care about your wellbeing. And for my closest friends who came to visit me and took my picture while I was asleep and drooling and in a hospital gown, well, you know what they say about paybacks...
Thorndale and Milano will decide who will enter the playoffs as district champs, page 3C.
October 25, 2012
Tigers looking out for No. 1 Talented Rattlers have earned their lofty status Coming off the euphoria of succeeding in a must-win situation, the Rockdale Tigers will have little time to enjoy their accomplishment with No. 1 ranked Navasota lying in wait Friday. “We showed a lot about the character of these kids,” Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller said
after the 45-13 win over Madisonville Friday. “It would have been real easy for them to fold up and it didn’t happen. “We had to dominate and we did. It was as good a game as we have played all year.” Coming off a bye-week, Navasota (7-0 overall, 1-0 in District 18-3A) has conquered the Tigers six straight times and leads the series 6-5, including a 53-14 thumping last season at Tigerland Field. While the Kadarius Baker Air Navasota quarterback Kadarius Baker has thrown for over 2,200 See NO.1, page 5C yards and 27 touchdowns, but the Rattler defense also begs top billing and has allowed just 43 points on the year.
rockdale at navasota What: Rockdale Tigers (4-4, 1-1) at No. 1 Navasota Rattlers (7-0, 1-0). Where: Rattler Stadium (5,000 capacity, Fieldturf). When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. The line: Navasota by 28. Last week: Rockdale def. Madisonville 45-13; Navasota was idle. Last year: Navasota, 53-14. Series record: Navasota leads 6-5. Rattler to watch: No. 15, Sr. AllState QB Kadarius Baker. If you go: Take 79 to Hwy 6 South in Hearne towards Bryan. In Navasota, exit left on Hwy. 90. Stadium is to the left. 70-mile trip. Best place to eat: Wrangler’s Steakhouse, next to the stadium.
Still standing Big Blue gets off the mat to keep playoff hopes alive BY MIKE BROWN Reporter Editor
The Rockdale passing game was back in earnest Friday night as senior quarterback Ethan Brinkley threw for 292 yards. Receiver Austin Caffey (above) went over the middle and hauled in four tosses for 33 yards.
Spikers fall to league champs 2012 season was a roller coaster rode The Rockdale Lady Tigers closed out their 2012 season with a 25-20, 25-17, 21-25, 25-8 loss to District 18-3A champion College Station on the road Tuesday night. The Lady Tigers end the year 9-20 overall and 2-8 in league play. “This season was an interesting ride,” said Coach Jason Williams, who just completed his fourth season here. “We went up and down quite a bit.
18-3A volleyball District Season W L W L College Station 9 1 25 12 Caldwell 9 1 20 8 Madisonville 5 5 17 18 Rockdale 2 8 9 20 Navasota 2 8 8 29 Taylor 1 9 6 32
We got better at certain strategies and skills. “We saw a glimmer of what it takes to make it to the playoffs and the mentality required for it. The seniors did a great job this year in improving their skill to
help the team.” Against College Station (25-12, 9-1), middle blocker Shelby Evans pulled the trigger on 12 kills and scooped up 17 digs. Lisa Vest followed with eight kills, while Morgan Laughlin recorded 10 digs and served up two aces, Mirissa Mireles 14 assists, Amanda Boyd 11 assists and Morgan Fischer 10 digs. Rockdale fell to Madisonville (17-18, 5-5) on Friday 19-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-23 in a battle in which the Lady Tigers jumped out early. Evans paved the way with 12 kills and 12 digs, while Mireles logged 16 assists and 16 digs, Boyd 12 assists and Haley Wright 12 digs.
Needing a big statement to inject themselves into the District 18AAA race, the Rockdale Tigers did exactly that Friday, routing Madisonville 45-13 Friday before a sparse Fair Friday crowd at Tiger Field. It was a laugher for the home team, finally getting healthier after a series of injuries, great and small. Big Blue scored with razzle-dazzle—a pass from a reverse and another TD set up by a flea flicker—but also drove 61 yards on a good-looking 11-play drive in the third period that featured two fourth down conversions and gutsy second efforts by QB Ethan Brinkley and receivers Austin Caffey and Peace Loth. Brinkley threw 31 times and completed 21 for 292 yards as Big Blue came out gunslinging—its first play was a 34-yard flea flicker—and RHS didn’t put its passing attack back in the holster until the Tigers were ahead by four TDs in the fourth quarter. Defensively, James David, Caffey, Ladontice Coats, Josh Pelzel, Markus Hayes and the Tigers kept blue-chip Pony running back Dontae Crist from being a factor. Crist raced for 39 yards on his first carry and only 49 the rest of the way. Madisonville took 13 plays to drive a tortuous 57 yards to its only offensive TD. The Ponies’ only other score was a fluke 85-yard tipped pass return. Bottom line. It was Big Blue’s night and it just wasn’t Madisonville’s. Each team downed the ball inside See STANDING, page 5C
Amanda Boyd recorded 23 assists in the Lady Tigers’ final two volleyball outings of the season.
Reporter/ Cliff Dungan
October 25, 2012
Off week fortuitous for Dawgs as they heal up After dropping district opener, Thorndale aims to get back on track THORNDALE—While schools have practically no input into when an open date pops up on the calendar, Thorndale couldn’t have asked for a more fortuitous time for a week off. “We needed a week off for all our injuries,” said Thorndale Coach Brent Brevard. “We had six out versus Weimar. We finReporter/Holly Jentsch ished the game with seventeen, Dominique Messer picked off a Somerville pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown in the so mostly we are healing.” first quarter to push Milano ahead 29-0. Messer also recovered a fumble for a score. Price Miller, Eric Guzman, Devin Fisher, Bailey O’Campo, Sam Stockton, and Sean Scheffell, were all on the shelf in the loss to Weimar in the District 13A-Div. I opener. Guzman and O’Campo are lost for the season while Miller—a two-way starter—is not expected back until the final week of the year. Before his injury, Miller had run for 205 yards and three scores and was also a top tackler. District Season T he sp e e dy Gu z m a n w a s W L W L Pts Opp Thorndale’s top return man Burton 2 0 6 1 243 112 averaging almost 30 yards on 2 0 4 3 170 140 Somerville Milano Bartlett kickoffs. Milano 1 1 5 2 236 106 7 First downs 8 BY MARIE BAKKEN Also, leading rusher Darius Granger 1 1 3 4 166 167 43-86 Rushing 39-254 Reporter Staff Writer 0-8-3 Passing 1-2-0 Somerville 0 2 1 6 44 317 Brooks is questionable for Friday 0 Passing yards 35 Snook 0 2 0 7 94 207 night’s contest. Total yards 289 MILANO—Milano got on the 86 The sophomore has run for 679 winning side of things Friday, 5-25.8 Punts-average 5-39.2 This week—Milano at Granger, Burton yards and 10 touchdowns and was 3-1 Fumbles 4-1 easily cruising past the Somer- 1-5 Penalties 5-55 at Bartlett, Snook at Somerville. limited to 13 yards against Wei Last week—Milano 49, Somerville 2; mar on just three carries. ville Yeguas 49-2 at Pruett Field. Bartlett 27, Snook 0; Burton 33, Granger During their time off, the BullScore by quarters It was the first win for Milano 20. Somerville 0 0 2 0— 2 in three weeks, as the Eagles had dogs were also up for some fine 29 13 7 0—49 lost its district opener to Burton Milano tuning. MILANO SEASON LEADERS on Oct. 12 and their final pre-dis “ We fo c u se d on a re a s of Scoring summary RUSHING—Millar 74-584 6TD; First quarter trict game to Chilton on Sept. 28. improvement that need to be Sanders 53-295 6TD; Pack 35-214 The team had an open date on MILANO — Chance Pack 5 run (Toby Sand- TD; Gallarado 21-143 3TD; Walton made and worked on those,” ers kick) 10:14 Oct. 5. Brevard said. 33-84 TD; Neal 10-63 TD. MILANO—Jordan Millar 59 run (Sanders Milano now sits 1-1 in District kick) 7:48 PASSING—Sanders 19-56-2 320 In the 27-9 loss to Weimar, 13A-II and 5-2 on the season. MILANO — Sanders 5 run (Sanders kick) yards 4TD; Millar 7-20-0 119 yards the usually potent Thorndale 3TD; Walton 1-2-0 36 yards; Jentsch offense struggled, managing just They will travel to Granger on 2:51 Messer 40 intercep- 1-2-0 27 yards TD. Friday night with the playoff MILANO—Dominique 232 total yards and season-lows tion return (Rhett Endsley pass from Derek RECEIVING—Messer 17-407 7TD; picture already on the line. of 120 yards rushing and 11 first Walton) 1:25 Millar 3-47 TD; Mader 4-23; Grimes Somerville falls to 1-6 on the Second quarter downs. 2-16. MILANO—Sanders 1 run (Sanders kick) year and 0-2 in league play. “We didn’t make a couple of TACKLES—Messer 86, Ellison 48, “We weren’t terrible, but we 11:54 plays in the third quarter that we Prazak 37, Millar 36, Jentsch 27, MILANO—Messer fumble recovery in end wend simple on Friday night,” zone (run failed) 5:39 Ferrara 26, Hairston 26, Walton 24, needed to make,” Brevard said. Milano head coach Craig Jentsch Rowan 21. Third quarter said. “We punted more times that MILANO—Junior Gallarado 3 run (Sanders we probably had to. It is hard to kick) 4:53 that spot with the winner of the defensive line be too critical with our reserves SOMERVILLE—Somerville tackled Walton in end zone for safety 0:21 Milano-Granger game. in during the second half.” Jentsch said that Granger will Leaders Five different Eagles scored be a tough battle for Milano, but RUSHING—Milano: Sanders 7-74 2TD; the team will be ready. against Somerville. 1-59 TD; Gallarado 5-44 TD; Walton Junior Chance Pack found the Millar 14-40; Pack 5-26 TD; Mitchell Neal 4-9; “They run power football,” end zone for the first time this Cole Sheppard 1-2. Somerville: Jarrett Jentsch said of Granger. “We can season, scoring on a five yard run Halford 32-91; Marlon Nuttal 7-7; James stop them, but they will be hard THURSDAY: The junior varsity in the first quarter’s 10:14 mark. Burns 13-(12). to stop all night.” Sanders 1-2-0 35 and freshmen teams will com The point after kick by Toby PASSING—Milano: In 2011, Milano’s perfect record yards. Somerville: Burns 0-8-3 0 yards. Sanders was true. Sanders was RECEIVING — Milano: Messer 1-35. was erased in the last regular sea- bine to play the remainder of the five for five on PATs, hitting three Somerville: none. son game to Granger, which also games for the season. They will TACKLES—Trent Ellison 16, Messer 9, in the first quarter alone. determined the district cham- host Navasota this week with Jordan Millar broke open on a Makenan Hairston 7, Tyler Prazak 5, Jon- pions. The Lions outlasted the game time set for 5:30 p.m. The athon Reyes 5. 59 yard scoring run on his only Eagles 6-0. It was the only game junior high Tigers are idle. carry of the night with 7:48 left last year that Milano was held in the first frame. scoreless. Granger made a deep Rockdale’s eigth grade squad Sanders scored from five yards their first points on the score- run in the playoffs, reaching the secured the only w in of the board since Sept. 7. junior high Thursday Tigers, out with 2:51 left in the first. regional semifinals. Milano scored on defense too. The Somerville defensive line “We are going to have to play a taking down Madisonville 30-6. Dominique Messer intercepted a smothered Eagle reserve quarter- lot sharper than we did (against The win moves the team to 2-4 on the season and 1-0 in Yegua pass by James Burns at the back Derek Walton in the Eagles Granger),” Jentsch said. Somerville 40, running it back for end zone to score a safety with 21 The Lions are coming off a district play. seconds left in the frame. All of the Tiger points came a touchdown. 33-20 loss to Burton last week. Rhett Endsley would catch “They played with character Joel Sifuentes led the team’s in the first half of play. In the a pass from Derek Walton just and pride and good sportsman rushing game with 73 yards on first quarter, quarterback David across the goal line for the two ship,” Jentsch said of Somerville. 13 carries. Preston Jimenez, Franklin hit Davion Ford on a By the numbers point conversion with 1:25 left in David Torres and Jake Kaderka 70-yard touchdown pass, with Sanders led the Eagles with 74 all scored in the loss. the opening frame. Ford taking in the conversion Leading 29-0 at the beginning yards on seven carries. Kickoff for Friday’s game is run as well. of the second quarter, the Eagles Milano threw the ball just two 7:30 p.m. Another Rockdale score in would add two more touchdowns times, with Sanders connecting the first quarter had Ford scamSub-varsity with Messer on a 35 yard game. Milano’s junior high team pering in from 50 yards out. before the half. Sanders dove in from the one to Sophomore Trent E l lison defeated Somerville on the road Franklin connected with Josh led the team in tackles with 16 Thursday night 32-6. The team Barker for the two point converopen the second quarter. Messer would score again on against the Yeguas. is now 3-2 on the season and 1-1 sion pass. Scouting Granger defense when Somerville would in district play. In the second quarter, Frankfumble the ball in their own end Milano’s game against Granger Kyle King had two rushing lin found paydirt from two yards zone. The two-point conversion (3-4, 1-1) on Friday has playoff touchdowns, threw for a score out. Quentin White would run in run failed, but the Eagles took a implications for both squads. and returned a kickoff for a The Eagles and Lions are 1-1 in touchdown. Christian Thurman the two points to follow. 42-0 lead into the break. Ford rounded out the Tiger’s Milano added one final touch- league play, both losing to Burton also rushed for a TD and caught points with a 35-yard run in the down in the third, when Junior and beating Somerville. Neither a King pass for a score. second. Gallarado scored from three squad has played Bartlett, who Both junior high and junior Coaches listed standouts as yards out with 4:53 left in the like Burton, is setting at 2-0 atop varsity teams will host Granger Daniel Banda, Tristan Ramos, the district standings. Those two on Thursday at Pruett Field. The third. Zach Montelongo, Braden Hart Late in the third, the Yeguas, teams play on Friday. junior high game will start at 5:30 ley, Luke Elliston and White. who never seemed to quit and The Barlett-Burton loser would p.m. with the JV to follow. Seventh grade suited out just 14 players, got fall to second place and be tied for The RHS seventh grade squad lost their second game in a row, falling to Madisonville 12-6. Jacqualy n Craword had a 70-yard touchdown in the third quarter for the Tigers’ only score, his 21st touchdown of the season. Josh Springer intercepted a pass in the Madisonville end zone and returned it 50 yards in the second quarter. Coaches noted outstanding play from team members Angel Banda, Jason Wilson, JR Hinojosa, Rey Vega and Springer. ) weeks The seventh grade team had (Minimum of four been undefeated on the year until losing to Taylor last week. The team is now 4-2 on the year and 0-2 in district play.
Eagles yada-yada Yeguas 49-2 for first district win Dangerous Granger on tap Friday night in critical game milano 49, somerville 2
Senior Price Miller—a twoway starter for the Bulldogs— is one of six players who missed out on the Weimar loss to open District 13A play. Miller has missed four games with injury and is not expected back until the finalgame. Reporter/ Teresa Ging
13A-I Standings District Season W L W L Pts Opp Weimar 4 3 2 0 117 126 Thrall 4 3 1 0 138 140 Holland 5 3 1 1 248 160 Thorndale 5 2 0 1 248 135 Flatonia 3 5 0 2 192 167 This week—Flatonia at Thorndale; Thrall at Weimar; Holland is idle. Last week—Weimar 14, Flatonia 13; Thrall 20, Holland 19; Thorndale was idle.
“Then they had two long runs over 50 yards.” Thorndale was the pre-season district favorite and aim to make prognosticators predictions come to fruition when they host Flatonia Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium. Flatonia is coming off a heartbreaking 20-19 loss to district leader Weimar and have lost five straight. The story of the Bulldogs’ season has been that they either score a lot of points, or give up a lot of points.
Rushing—Brooks 97-679 10TD, Barker 38-211 4TD, Miller 25-205 3TD, McCoy 32-195, Mays 23-136 TD, Austin 13-123 2TD, Guzman 11-102 TD, Schaefer 14-31 TD, Miller, J. 13-17, Salinas 1-(-5), Bigan 1-(-7). Passing— Schaefer 61-111-3, 1,027 yards 11 TD; Miller, J. 5-13-1, 95 yards TD; Mays 3-8-0, 36 yards, Stockton 1-1-0. Receiving—Mays 21-371 4TD, Stockton 5-132, Guzman 5-120 2TD, Miller, J. 4-106 2TD, Gomez 8-85, Salinas 9-82 2TD, Austin 4-71 TD, Miller 5-67 TD, Hafley 5-41, Bigan 1-6, Brooks 1-6.
In their three victories, the Bulldogs have scored 41, 22 and 58 points. In the five losses, they have allowed an average of 33 points a game. This early in district play and with just five teams in the loop, all playoff spots are up in the air. Weimar (4-3, 2-0) has jumped out to an early lead, but Thrall will test their mettle Friday in a battle of league unbeatens after edging Holland 20-19 last week.
Eighth graders represent with lone victory at Madisonville
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Quarterback Gunner Miller and his seventh grade teammates suffered their second straight defeat at the hands of Madisonville.
THURSDAY TIGERS Madisonville 42, Tigers JV 6 Tigers 8th 30, Madisonville 6 Madisonville 12, Tigers 7th 6 Madisonville 22, Tigers 8B/7B 16
squad (seventh and eighth grade combined team) came up just short against Madisonville, falling 22-16 at Tigerland Stadium. Brajon Ayala scored a 60 yard touchdown and Saul Salazar ran in a two point conversion to cut the Mustang lead to six late in the fourth quarter. Alex Hartmen recovered an onside kick by the Tigers (1-5). Cesar Gonzales then threw a 30
six- yard line as time expired. Ayala had a 50 yard kickoff return to set up a Salazar two yard score in the second quater. Salazar would also run in the two point conversion. According to coaches, Elicio Espinoza, Marcos Giterrez, Marcus Rubio, Josh Tanner and Chaz Cay wood had standout performances. Junior varsity The Tigers fell behind 36-0 at halftime and could not recover in a 42-6 loss to Madisonville. Quarterback John David Mendoza accounted for the Tigers (0-6, 0-2) lone touchdown on a six-yard trip in the third quarter. Standouts included kicker Mendoza (35-yard pass) Adolfo Chavira, linebacker Jon Hines
October 25, 2012
area cross country
Thorndale, Milano battle it out for post-season designation Will meet Friday at Granger to see who enters playoffs as district champion Reporter/Teresa Ging
BY MARIE BAKKEN Reporter Staff Writer
The Thorndale girls cross country team (left to right) Lizzie Marr, Kristen Butterworth, Marlene Hall, Taylor Smith, Shelbi Schneider, Hope Onstot and Faith Onstot captured the District 26A team Tie goes to the... winner? The Milano Lady Eagles and title. Butterworth was the district champion. Thorndale Lady Dogs will be co-champions of District 16A— should Milano defeat Buckholts in a make up match on Thursday afternoon. The game is set for 5 p.m. at Geneva Paceley Gym. Should that happen, the Lady Eagles (26-6, 12-1) and Thorndale (24-5, 13-1) will play for seeding at 4:30 p.m. Friday in Granger. Milano and the Lady Dogs split in their two match ups during league play. The winner of Friday’s game will go as the first place team out of 16A and earn a bye in the first ROUND ROCK—The Milano round of the state playoffs. varsity boys and Thorndale var The loser will go as the second sity girls came home with district place team and begin bi-district titles Monday from the District play early next week. 26A cross country meet at Old Granger and Thrall were tied Settlers Park. for third place and were to have Their counterparts, the Milano played a tiebreaker on Tuesday girls and Thorndale boys squads, night in Granger. earned third place team honors in The winner is the third place their respective divisions. representative for the district, All four varsity teams have while the loser’s season is over. qualified for the Class A Region Milano took an early, unexIV cross country championships pected exit in the playoffs last on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Uniyear, falling to Utopia in the first versity of Texas at San Antonio. Members of Milano’s district champion varsity boys cross country round. The first Class A race will begin team include (l-r) Efrain Flores, Kain Dodd, Derek Walton, Justin Lady Eagles’ head coach Wendy at 10 a.m. King is trying to keep her team Grimes, Sabian Pugh and Treyton Steinbecker. The Lady Dogs squad blew focused. away their competition, win- had 43 points and Granger 48. a time of 15 minutes, 34 seconds. “We are continuing to practice ning the district championship Third place Thorndale finished Shelby Thomason was third, hard this week and the girls are by 15 points. Thorndale scored with 49 points. Mara Mata was seventh and Juli- looking forward to starting the 30 points, compared to second Four Eagle runners also qualplayoffs.,” she said. “I am expectanna Byrd was 10th. place Thrall (45) and third place ified for regionals as individuals The lone Thorndale JV boys ing that they will be ready to Milano (48). with top 10 finishes. competitor was Brian Crockett compete and we are talking daily Senior Kristen Butterworth is Freshman Kain Dodd led Milaabout the fact that in the playoffs who finished eighth overall. the girls cross country champion, no runners with a seventh place Milano’s Junior Gallarado was anybody can beat you because the winning the varsity girls race finish and a time of 20 minutes, 13th in the JV boys race. with a time of 13 minutes, 49 35 seconds on the 3.1 mile course. JUNIOR HIGH—Thorndale’s seconds on the two mile course. Derek Walton (8th), Efrain junior high girls team took fourth She was the only runner under Flores (9th) and Justin Grimes place honors in their division. the 14 minute mark. (10th) were the other individual They were led by Devin Dickerson TIGER FOOTBALL Other top 10 medalists who medalist. who finished third at 14 minutes, Friday–at Navasota, 7:30 qualified individually for region- Also running for Milano were 31 seconds. TIGER CROSS COUNTRY als along with the team were Sabian Pugh (16th), Trey ton Jordyne Leslie was 6th, Sierra Saturday (Nov. 3)—Regional Meet at Hope Onstot (5th), Shelbi Schnei- Steinbecker (21st) and Alex FerHenderson was eighth, Shelby Humble Atosocita der (6th) and Marlene Hall (9th). rara (DNF). Doucet 22nd and Hadley Holder Also running for the Lady Dogs Seniors Keon Mays was secJUNIOR VARSITY FOOTBALL 39th for the Lady Dogs. were Taylor Smith (11th), Faith ond and Aaron Laurence paced Thursday—Navasota Gause sixth grader Faith WalOnstot (14th) and Lizzie Marr Thorndale’s third place team (9TH/JV), 5:30 ton finished fifth in the junior (20th). JUNIOR HIGH FOOTBALL finish in the varsity boys race. high girls race with a time of 14 Milano’s varsity girls were Mays finished with the time Thursday—Open minutes, 58 seconds. paced by freshman Megan Pen- of 18 minutes, 56 seconds. Lau Other Lady Bear runners were MILANO FOOTBALL dergrass and her second place rence ran a time of 20 minutes, Kendall Lee (23rd) and Alexandra Friday—at Granger, 7:30 p.m. finish at 14 minutes, five sec- 10 seconds. Mendoza (DNF). MILANO VOLLEYBALL onds. Next was Melodie Jones Other Bulldog runners were Thorndale’s junior high boys Friday–Thorndale at Granger, 4:30 at 10th place at 15 minutes, 20 Isidro Hernandez (12th), Ray runner was Mack Morris who MILANO CROSS COUNTRY seconds. Both girls also qualified Stewart (13th), Eric Hinistroza placed 17th overall. for regionals as individuals. Saturday (Nov. 3)—Regional Meet, (26th), Gabriel Salinas (31st) and Milano’s lone junior high run Other team members were Jack Marr (33rd). Texas-San Antonio ner, Bryce Hughes, placed 26nd Alejandra Ruelas (12th), Victoria The times of the team’s top five THORNDALE FOOTBALL in the junior high boys division. Garcia (13th), Sarah Pedroza finishers are what count toward Friday—Flatonia, 7:30 Gause had four runners in the (15th), Fallon Ferguson (30th), the team standings. THORNDALE VOLLEYBALL junior high boys race, led by Matt Nikki Herring (DNF). JV RUNNERS—Thorndale Edgar in 35th place. Seth Vinton Friday–Milano at Granger, 4:30 p.m. E AGL E C H A M PIONS — had four girls in the junior varwas 36th, Jaxon Hayles 38th and THORNDALE CROSS COUNTRY Milano’s varsity boys won the sity race. Shelby Anders is the Cameron Cooper 45th. Saturday (Nov. 3)—Regional Meet, district title by five points over JV girls district champion with Texas-San Antonio second place Granger. Milano
Thorndale girls, Milano boys run to district cross country crowns Teams will travel to regional meet in San Antonio
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Thorndale’s Shelbie Maupin (left) and Milano’s Stonie Guthrie will face off Friday when the two teams decide who will represent District 16A in the first round of the playoffs. intensity is magnified on every point and the team that handles that pressure best usually win. “I know they were disappointed last year with the early exit in the first round so I hope they understand that only they can make that result different. The players on the floor make all the difference.” Milano downed Georgetown Gateway on the road Saturday, sweeping them 25-5, 25-6, 25-5. Stonie Guthrie and Myka Morehead led the Lady Eagles with 11 kills each. Elizabeth Holt added four kills. Keely LaGrone served up seven aces and one kill. Hayleigh LaGrone set 12 assists and was complimented by Kier-
sten Bastow’s 10 assists. On Saturday, the Lady Dogs finished off their regular season by downing Buckholts in three sets 25-6, 25-4, 25-5. Olivia Atkins and Tamicka Cook each recorded nine kills and were complimented by Heather Butterworth’s five kills and six aces. Shelbie Maupin set 11 assists and had six aces and eight digs. Shelby Pausewang added 15 assists and two aces. Kristen Butterworth served four aces with Kristen Garza, Taryne Betak and Marlene Hall adding two aces each. Emily Churchman recorded three digs.
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ROCKDALE Le’Raven Clark—Texas Tech (football) Daniel Brooks—Oklahoma (football) Lance Loewe—East Texas Baptist (basketball) Billy Gonzalez—West Texas A&M (baseball) Joe Sanders—Midwestern (football) Tyler Wright—Tarleton St. (football) THORNDALE Dillon Irwin—Midwestern (basketball) Lindsey Youngblood—Angelo St. (basketball) Morgan Youngblood—Angelo St. (basketball) Paxton Jordan—Harkeimer (NY) (baseball) Tyler Miller—Schreiner (baseball) MILANO Ashleigh Dykes—Iowa Lakes Community College (basketball)
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Rockdale 7B (lost) Game 1: 17-25 Kayrinn Taylor 3 served points Game 2: 15-25 Blanca Reyes 3 served points Rockdale 7A (lost) Game 1: 21-25 Jaden Wenger 2 served points Game 2: 10-25 Avery Willis 2 served points Rockdale 8B (won) Game 1: 26-24 Kaylee Maloy 6 served points Game 2: 15-25 Lily Schwietzer 7 served points Game 3: 16-14 Rockdale 8A (lost) Game 1: 21-25 Erin Blanchard 10 served points Game 2: 9-25
Hunter education class set for Oct. 27 and 28
A Hunter Education Class will be held in Rockdale on Oct. 27-28. The class will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 27 and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on October 28. All classes will be held at the Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department Training Facility in Rockdale. The course fee is $15 per student. Contact Ron Green at 512-4464181, Tom Puccio at 512-446-3570 or Chester Thomas at 979-7732380 to register for the class.
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ROCKDALE 45, madisonville 13
Clockwise from left, Hayden Offield snatched one of two Rockdale interceptions on the evening. At far left, Kris Baldavia tries to keep his feet on a return after scooping up a loose ball on a muffed Madisonville punt return. Top left, big Josh Pelzel recorded a safety after crushing Madisonville running back Mason Jarrell to push the Tigers further ahead right before halftime. In the middle, Tigers’ leading receiver Austin Caffey looks for yardage after one of four catches. Above, senior quarterback Ethan Brinkley got the passing attack cranked up again with 292 yards through the air.
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Continued from page 1c Show gets most of the attention (2,232 yards, 27 TDs), the difference maker in this year’s Rattler squad is their air-tight defense, which may be the best Navasota has had in its decade of dominance. “That’s the difference,” agreed Miller, who has never faced a No. 1 team in 20 years of coaching. “That’s the difference between good teams and great teams. How many great players you have at each position. They have that on defense.” In what has been a not particularly tough pre-district schedule, the Rattler have allowed just 43 points and 174 yards per outing. While pitching a pair of shutouts, 13 of those surrendered points were posted by Lexington. In their last action two weeks ago, the Rattlers blanked Madisonville 38-0. Nava sot a i s a nchore d on defense by a pair of all-state linebacker performers: Jake Bauer (62 tackles, 3 sacks) and Jaylin Minor (65 tackles, 3 sacks). The Rattlers lost a third allstate player Will Imhoff to a broken leg early in the season. Imhoff was the district defensive MVP in 2012. He has been replaced by brother Coy. “We are fortunate that not many guys have to go both ways this year,” said Navasota Coach Lee Fedora, “and that allows those guys to concentrate more on one side of the ball. “They bring a lot of discipline, speed, strength, and physicality. They are always listening to their coaches and studying what there opponent is about to attack them with. They never look past any opponent- they only look at what can make them better as a unit. 11 guys flying around the football all the time. No other Class 3A team has made five straight quarterfinals appearances. Could this be the year the Rattlers break on through? Miller and his squad have every intention of sacking the snakes. “We feel like there are some things that we can take advantage of,” he said. “We’ve got to keep the clock running, but still move the ball, that’s the dangerous thing.” “You have to go out there and play as clean a game as you can play. If we do our job and f ly around the ball, we can be in it at the end.” TIGER TRACKS • With his 292-yard performance against Madisonville (thirdbest in RHS history), Ethan Brinkley now has 1,290 yards passing to mark just the 10th time a Tiger
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the starting lineups ROCKDALE OFFENSE
No. Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt. Class 8 QB Ethan Brinkley, 6-3, 210 Sr 32 TB Elijah Brooks, 5-9, 200 Jr. 6 X Pearce Loth, 6-4, 175 So 33 H Austin Caffey, 6-0, 180 Jr 1 Y Devante Burgess, 5-7, 150 Jr 7 Z Clayton Gibbs, 6-0, 185 Jr 57 LT Pedro Ibares, 6-4, 225 Sr 72 LG Josh Pelzel, 6-6, 300 Jr 59 C Pete Heintze, 6-0, 200 Jr 55 RG Gabriel McQuinn 6-2, 275 Sr 52 RT Jarad Gerren, 5-10, 190 So
No. Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt. Class 68 RT Jordan Wells, 5-9, 200 Jr 11 NG Desmond Calhoun, 5-8, 217 Jr 50 LT Jordan Birdwell, 5-9, 190 Sr 32 LB Jake Bauer, 6-1, 203 Sr 52 LB Dustin Savensky 5-8, 165 Sr 45 LB Coy Imhoff, 6-1, 190 So 33 LB Jaylin Minor, 5-10, 190 Sr 3 CB Jerbrell Lipscomb 5-10, 165 So 8 CB Xavier Creeks, 6-0, 170 Sr 6 S Deionnte Taylor, 5-11, 165 Jr 2 S Austin Collins, 6-0, 175 Sr
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Pete Heintze, 6-0, 200 Jr Patric Trejo, 6-2, 225 Sr Elijah Brooks, 5-9, 200 Jr LaDontice Coats, 5-10, 180 Jr Austin Caffey, 6-0, 180 Jr James David, 6-3, 225 Jr Markus Hayes, 5-10, 215 Sr Hayden Offield, 5-11, 150 So Ed Dansby, 5-8, 140 So Clayton Gibbs, 6-0, 185 Jr James Castilleja, 5-9, 175 Jr
passer has reached the 1,000yard plateau. Brinkley and Mark Drake (2007-08) have done it twice. The senior lefthander is the Tigers all-time leading passer with 4,227 yards and 31 touchdowns. • The triple overtime loss to Taylor was the third overtime contest in RHS history and the first since a 28-27 win over Midland Christian in 2008. • Elijah Brooks is quietly posting some outstanding numbers this season. The junior running back is first in District 18-3A in rushing touchdowns with 12 and is second in rushing with 748 yards to Madisonville’s Dontae Christ’s 1,035. Christ has carried the ball 56 more times than Brooks. Brooks is second in the district in scoring behind Navasota receiver Austin Collins’ 15 scores. With a minimum of two games remaining, Brooks needs just 252 yards to crack the 1,000-yard barrier. • James David turned in another oustanding game with 18 tackles from the middle linebacker spot. Austin Caffey and Markus Hayes logged 10 each. David leads the Tigers in tackles on the season with 113 to Hayes’ 108. • Drevonne Walton had to wear jersey No. 21 Friday night because his normal No. 2 could not be found. Walton responded with a breakout game of three catches for 93 yards, a team high. • Caldwell’s surprising victory (its first of the season) over Taylor has thrown the District 18-3A race into a state of flux. Rockdale’s playoff possibilities are still solid and would take this entire section to explain, but it would be advantageous if Madisonville won out against Caldwell this week and Taylor the next. • The Tigers continue to get
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Kadarius Baker, 5-10, 175 Sr Howard Horn, 5-11, 165 Sr Solomon McGinty, 5-9, 190 Sr Terrance Creeks, 5-11, 159 Sr Demarcus Lee, 5-10, 165 Sr Austin Collins 6-1, 190 Sr Jeremiah Williams 6-1, 235 Sr Bo Meece, 6-1, 220 Jr Kyle Duffy, 5-11, 245 Sr Tyler White, 5-10, 270 So Michael Coffey, 5-9, 190 So
lineman of the week Junior guard Josh Pelzel graded out highest against Madisonville. Rockdale vs. Navasota Navasota leads 6-5
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healthier, but may have lost versatile offensive lineman Michael Young to a knee injury. The sophomore has started at two positions on the line and been named the lineman of the week twice. Markus Hayes and Dailynn Ramey are still nursing sore shoulders. Receiver/ defensive back William Dean (wrist) and lineman Dedric Page (concussion) returned to action Friday. Lineman Justin Offield is still out with an ankle injury. • Fifty years ago, the Tigers knocked off Navasota 33-8 on their march to the state championship game when they were members of the same district. The first time the two schools played was 1935. • Stephen Hinojosa and Javante Gates have left the team.
their opponent’s 1 in the second quarter. Rockdale came away with nine points, a safety and a TD. Madisonville got none, fumbling on two consecutive snaps inside the Blue 5, giving it away on the second bobble. On Rockdale’s first offensive snap, Brinkley handed the ball to running back Elijah Brooks who lateraled it right back to Brinkley. The Tiger QB launched a bomb to the left sidelines, caught by Drevonne Martin at the Pony 26, a 34-yard gain. Four snaps later Brinkley ran the QB sneak two yards to paydirt. Noe Zelaya booted his first of four PAT kicks and RHS was on top to stay with 7:15 left in the first quarter. Madisonville’s Grant Smith signalled for a punt fair catch at the Mustang 17, muffed it, the ball scooted out of a pile and was picked up by Tiger Kris Baldivia who scooted into the end zone. But you can’t advance a muff and RHS set up shop at the 17. Brinkley converted a fourthand-two on a quarterback sneak and Brooks got the RHS from six yards out. Zelaya added the PAT and the Tigers led 14-0 with 2:22 left in the first. Madisonville used runs by Crist and the passing of QB Donald Roundtree for its only sustained drive of the game, 57 yards in 11 plays. Crist got the TD from a yard out at the second quarter’s 8:58 mark, Ryan Clever added the PAT and Rockdale’s lead was cut to 14-7. Brinkley drilled a 44-yard punt which was killed by Devante Burgess inside the Pony one. On the next snap, Pelzel nailed FB Mason Jarrell in the Madisonville end zone. The safety put the Tigers up 16-7 with 6:36 left in the half. A f ter Madisonv ille’s “free kick”you get to punt it instead of place kick after a safety—RHS set up at the Pony 44. Brinkley handed the ball to Brooks, who slipped it to Clayton Gibbs on what appeared to be a reverse. Gibbs, who is also Rockdale’s backup quarterback, pulled up and fired a 44-yard TD to an absolutely uncovered Pearce Loth streaking down the right sideline. Zelaya added the PAT and the game it was, 23-7 with 6:22 to go in the half. Madisonville’s Jaylen Manley killed the ball inside the Blue 1. RHS barely got it out and Brinkley had to punt from the end zone. Pony Grant Smith returned to the Tiger 8. But Crist fumbled on consecutive snaps from inside the Blue 5. Madisonville got the first one
back but Rockdale’s Pelzel was at the bottom of the second pile and the Tigers came away with the game’s biggest turnover. The rout resumed in the third quarter with the the game’s best drive. Beginning at his ow n 39, Brinkley passed the Tigers to a fourth-and-two at the Pony 46, then rolled left and connected with Brooks for a key 7-yard gain. A few seconds later it was fourth-and-eight at the Madisonville 31. Brinkley retreated into the pocket, absorbed a dead-on hit, stepped up, eluded another hit and fired a strike to Caffey in the left flat, still short of a first down. Caffey bulled through one tackler, stepped over another and turned the play into a 14-yard first down. On the next snap, Brinkley tossed to Loth, who did pretty much the same thing, turning a short pass into a 17-yard TD with his second and third efforts. Zelaya’s PAT kick missed. Rockdale led 29-7 with 8:07 left in the third and the Madisonville crowd, if there had been one, would have started on its 83-mile drive home. They would have missed the Ponies’ biggest moment. RHS threatened again but Madisonville’s Alfredo Solis, in full stride at the Mustang 15, grabbed a tipped pass and set sail 85 yards to the Blue end zone. A 2-point run failed and Rockdale led 29-13 with 2:41 left in the third. Not to worry. Brinkley marched the Tigers 59 yards in 7 plays, aided by a personal foul f lag. Brooks went over from the 8. A 2-point PAT pass was too tall but Rockdale led 35-13 with 13 seconds remaining in the third period. The fourth quarter was mopup time. Rockdale went 72 yards in nine plays, with Brooks clicking off gains of 18, 6, 1 and then strolled in for the 2-yard TD. Zelaya added the PAT and the Tigers were up 42-13 with 8:42 left in the game. The only drama left was whether the marathon game would end before Restless Heart ended its set at the Rockdale Fair several blocks away. It did, but not before Zelaya drilled a 20-yard field goal at the 2:20 mark, completing the scoreboard at 45-13. The win leaves RHS still very much alive in the 18-3A post season chase, at 1-1 with two loop games to play. The Tiger season mark is squared at 4-4. Even Madisonville at 0-2 in loop play retains post-season hopes as the Ponies close out their season with Taylor and Caldwell.
Madisonville Rockdale NA First downs NA 41-150 Rushing yards 36-119 6-15-2 Passes 22-34-1 70 Passing yards 336 220 Total offense 455 4-9 Punts 4-11 Score by quarters Madisonville 0 7 6 0—13 Rockdale 14 9 12 10—45 Scoring summary First quarter ROCKDALE—Ethan Brinkley 2 run (Noe Zelaya kick) 7:15 ROCKDALE—Elijah Brooks 6 run (Zelaya kick) 2:22 Second quarter MADISONVILLE—Dontae Crist 1 run (Clever kick) 8:58 ROCKDALE—Safety, Pelzel tackled Jarrell in Madisonville end zone 6:36 ROCKDALE—Pearce Loth 44 pass from Clayton Gibbs (Zelaya kick) 6:22 Third quarter ROCKDALE—Loth 17 pass from Brinkley (kick failed) 8:07 MADISONVILLE—Solis 85 interception return (Zelaya kick) 2:41 ROCKDALE—Brooks 7 run (Zelaya kick) 0:13 Fourth quarter ROCKDALE—Brooks 2 run (Zelaya kick) 8:42 ROCKDALE—Zelaya 20 field goal, 2:20
RUSHING—ROCKDALE: Brooks 16-57; 3TD, Ramey 13-64, Dansby 1-4, Brinkley 6-(-6). MADISONVILLE—Crist, 28-88, 1 TD. PASSING—ROCKDALE: Brinkley 21-31-1, 292 yards, 1 TD; Gibbs, 1-3-0, 44 yards, 1 TD; MADISONVILLE: Roundtree 6-15-2, 70 yards. RECEIVING—ROCKDALE: Walton 3-93, Loth 4-83, 2 TD; Gibbs 3-38, Caffey 4-33, Burgess 3-30, Whitsell 2-23; Baldivia 1-15, Ford 1-13, Brooks 1-8. MADISONVILLE: Smith 3-48, Crist, 2-19, Merchant 1-3. TACKLES—David 18, Hayes 10, Caffey 10.
Season District W L W L Pts Opp Navasota 7 0 1 0 308 43 Caldwell 1 5 1 0 150 325 Rockdale 4 4 1 1 194 237 Taylor 3 5 1 1 116 145 Madisonville 4 4 0 2 198 176 This week—Rockdale at Navasota; Caldwell at Madisonville; Taylor is idle. Last week—Rockdale 45, Madisonville 13; Caldwell 26, Taylor 24; Navasota was idle..
TIGER SEASON LEADERS
Rushing—Brooks 119-748 12 TD, Ramey 45-188, Hayes 26-148 TD, Coats 6-36, Dansby 8-24, David 1-5, Burgess 2-6, Castilleja 2-3, Gibbs 8-(-8), Brinkley 24-(-48) 2TD, Baldivia 1-20. Passing—Brinkley 87-154-10, 1,270 yards, 8 TD; Gibbs 26-64-2, 381 yards, 4TD. Receiving—Caffey 25-305 3TD, Loth 24-368 4TD, Gibbs 17-298 2TD, Burgess 13-148, Baldavia 6-138 TD, Walton 7-187 TD, Ramey 4-51, Ford 2-33, Trejo 3-58 TD, Burton 3-24, Dean 1-16, Brooks 2-18, Gates 1-12, David 2-18, Hayes 1-7. Tackles—Hayes 113, David 108, Coates 75, Caffey 67, Ehler 39, Dansby 37, Gibbs 29, Heintze 24.
October 25, 2012
Ride em’ cowboys....and cowgirls Annual rodeo draws huge crowds to Fair Park arena The best of the best came to Rockdale Friday and Saturday to put on a show at the Rockdale Rodeo. Overflow crowds enjoyed two nights of pro rodeo action in the Roping & Cutting Club arena, following team roping and 4D barrel racing Wednesday and Thursday. Participants in the Rockdale Fair Rodeo earn points toward cumulative pro rodeo standings. Cadillac Rodeo Company listed results as follows:
2nd—Landon McClaugherty, 8.58. 3rd—Sterling Smith, 9.53. 4th—Cedric Martin, 9.68. 5th—Cody Little, 9.72. 6th—Cody Wood, 10.06 WOMEN’S BREAKAWAY ROPING 1st—Kelli Modesette, 3.42 seconds. 2nd—Ashley Moreau, 3.70. 3rd—Ashley Mohon, 3.87. 4th—Terra Arledge, 4.00.
BAREBACK RIDING 1st—Donnie B’Oris, 84 points.
WOMEN’S BARREL RACING 1st—Sidney Forrest, 17.42 SADDLE BRONC RIDING seconds. 1st—Aaron Lide, 84 points. 2nd—Brittany Grant, 17.50. 2nd—T. J. Haynie, 82. 3rd—Kristi Johnson, 17.54. 4th—Jana Riley, 17.54. BULL RIDING 5th—Kendra Elliott, 17.58. 1st—Dustin Wright, 86 points. 6th—Morgan Breaux, 17.72 2nd—Pistol Preece, 70. TEAM ROPING STEER WRESTLING 1st—Joe Dee Nor rell and 1st—Tommy Cook, 4.4 seconds. Shawn Berry, 4.35 seconds. 2nd—Marty Johnson, 4.7. 2nd—Brad Hamilton and J. W. 3rd—Blaine Cox, 5.2. Cotton, 4.44. 3rd—Robert Pixley and Paul TIEDOWN ROPING Hopkins, 4.77. 1st—Spence Barney, 8.11 sec- 4th—Joe Beaver and Reno onds. Gonzales, 4.88
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