T igers bow in 7- on- 7
Playing in 106 degree temperatures, the Tigers were eliminated for the second straight year by a powerful Brownwood team 47-26 in the Division II (1A-3A) first championship round of 16 Saturday morning at the 12th annual 7-on-7 state championship.
"We got to the championship bracket, which is what we wanted to do," said senior Rockdale quarterback Joe Sanders.
Brow nwood sent Rockdale packing 62-19 last season in the second championship round.
Celina captured its tournament record third state championship by ripping Rice Consolidated 35- 19 at Kyle Field on the campus of Texas A&M University.
The Bobcats—a program known for its relentless running game— won titles in 2000 and 2007 also.
Round Rock Stony Point was the Division I (4A-5A) champion.
Cameron, mak ing its f irst appearance since 2002, lost in the quarterfinals to Glen Rose and were 3-2 in the tournament.
Dookie Wells was named to the all-tournament team.
Like Rockdale, Navasota fell in the first championship round to Hitchcock despite going 3-0 in pool play.
In the loss to Brownwood, the game was a lot closer than the score would indicate as the Lions scored twice late in the game.
Justin Elliott accounted for three Rockdale touchdowns in hook ups with Sanders, while Tyler Wright hauled in one.
In the victory that allowed them to move into the championship bracket, the Tigers rallied from an early 12-0 deficit and posted a 19-18 victory over Lorena.
Gibbs took in a 45-yard touchdown pass right before halftime to slice the Leopards lead in half, 12-6.
Rockdale scored immediately after the halftime break on another Sanders-Gibbs connection to knot the game at 12-12.
Elliott made a diving catch of a Sanders pass in the end zone to make it 18-12 and then Mynar snagged the all-important extra point toss for a 19-12 advantage with just three minutes remaining in the game.
After a defensive mix up in the Tigers' secondary, Lorena's Fisher Simpson found himself wide open and waltzed into the end zone to close the gap to 19-18.
Now, the Leopards converted on the extra point, but officials said it was after the four-second barrier and Rockdale maintained its one-point lead and were able to run out the clock and advance.
Rockdale finally shook off Class 2A Lago Vista in a second round pool contest after shutting the Vikings out in the second half.
Mynar, Wright and Greg Chelf all collected scoring passes from Sanders and Wright also added an interception to the Tigers' 21- 13 halftime lead.
Wright and Elliott each hauled in 15 yarders to make the final 34-13.
After leading most of the contest in the opener against Snyder, the Tigers could not hold on and were outscored 30-14 in the second half in the 42-28 loss.
Touchdowns produced by Wright and Daniel Brooks provided Rockdale with a 14-12 halftime lead, but it was short-lived.
A shuttle pass to Chelf and a 45-yard connection to Gibbs provided the Tigers with their final lead 28-27, before Snyder closed out the scoring with a pair of touchdowns.