90 Tigers show up for first set of two-a-days

Miller 'pretty pleased' with players condition

At the top, Shane Barcak and Jeremiah Hall get misty during a break in practice. In the middle, Coach Jarad Richards discusses some defensive strategy with J.B Debault. Above left, Sal Bishop stretches through the hurdle drill and at right, Casey Burrough snags an early interception. At the top, Shane Barcak and Jeremiah Hall get misty during a break in practice. In the middle, Coach Jarad Richards discusses some defensive strategy with J.B Debault. Above left, Sal Bishop stretches through the hurdle drill and at right, Casey Burrough snags an early interception. A very business-like group of Rockdale football players gathered in the wee hours Monday morning as the Tigers began two-a-days to prepare for the upcoming football season.

Numbers were down slightly from last year's record of 102 as 90 players participated in workouts.

Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller expected the drop off because of a small freshman class, which numbered just 24, when it would normally be between 40 and 50.

Miller was "pretty pleased" with the physical condition of his players as they practiced in muggy conditions that included a breeze.

"You can tell the ones who stayed in shape during the summer," Miller said. "Our biggest job is getting them in shape and getting them acclimated."

While the first day of practice was fairly subdued, Miller attributes that to the familiarity of the players with the coaches and a mental attitude of winning.

"Every year we stay together, that's less time we have to spend teaching," said Miller who enters his fourth season here. "The positive thing is that the retention level is a lot higher. The kids know us and they know what to do. The intensity was good."

The practice of Aug. 7 will mark the Tigers' first practice in full pads.

"That's separation day," Miller said.

While the opening day of the regular season is Friday, Aug. 28, when the Tigers will travel to Llano for the 7:30 kickoff, Rockdale has a couple of scrimmages set up before then.

The Tigers will travel to Giddings on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 10:30 a.m. for their first scrimmage and then will host Robinson on Thursday, Aug. 20 for a 7 p.m. scrimmage.

The annual "Meet the Tigers" social and cake auction will take place Monday, Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. in the junior high gym.

Rockdale is ranked 15th in the state and the favorite to capture the District 24-3A championship.

"We told the team a ranking is neat," Miller said. "But we're a team that could go 10-0 or 5-5. It's what you do right now that's going to make the difference in the season."

Loewe a no show

Senior Lance Loewe has decided to forgo football this season and concentrate solely on basketball.

"I can't argue with that because Lance wants to play college basketball and if that's what he wants, he needs to be in the gym shooting baskets everyday," Miller said. "We will miss him but we want what is best for him."

The 5-foot-11 Loewe was a twoway starter for the Tigers at wide receiver (12 catches, 150 yards) and defensive back and was also a valuable special teams player.

Miller did receive some good news when J.B. Debault decided to play football this season.

Debault, who had shoulder surgery after last season, was considering concentrating on baseball this year.

"That's good news because it makes our team better having him back," Miller said.

The 6-foot, 190-pound senior was a starter last year at linebacker, but Miller said he will probably line up at a defensive back slot this season, possibly in Loewe's spot.

The Tigers also added trackster Richard Vasquez to the roster, who was a welcome surprise to practice.

They also picked up a transfer from Bartlett in wide receiver Davarious Peters.

Junior High

Rockdale Junior High football and volleyball players can begin picking up their equipment on Aug. 21 with practices to begin on Aug. 25.

Football equipment will be issued on Friday, Aug. 21 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. for eighth graders, while the seventh graders can receive their equipment from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Junior high players may purchase their own football cleats, but they must be black (some white trim is acceptable).

Practices begin Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 7 a.m. for seventh graders and at 2:50 p.m. for eighth graders.

Volleyball equipment will also be handed out on Friday, Aug. 21 for the eighth graders from 8 to 9 a.m. and the seventh graders from 9 to 10 a.m.

Practices begin on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Seventh graders will practice at 6:45 a.m. and eighth graders at 3:40 p.m.

All athletes must have physicals and other paper work turned in and on file to participate and get their equipment.

Tickets

Advanced reserved seat football tickets for previous season ticket holders will be sold at the athletic office on Aug. 10-13 and Aug. 17- 20 from 8 a.m. to noon.

If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for tickets, please call the athletic office at 430-6150 between 8 a.m. and noon.

Beginning Monday Aug. 24, anyone else wanting to purchase reserve seat season tickets may do so in the athletic office from 8 a.m. to noon.

The cost of season tickets will be $30 for five home games.

Press Day

According to head coach Jeff Miller, picture day/press day for RHS football and athletic trainers has been set for Saturday, Aug. 8 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Tiger Field.

The mom and sons picture will also be taken.

Volleyball pictures will be taken the same day at 8 a.m. in RHS Gymnasium.

Assistant coach John Kovar (left) and head coach Jeff Miller survey the drills Monday morning during the first day of practice. Assistant coach John Kovar (left) and head coach Jeff Miller survey the drills Monday morning during the first day of practice.


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