Tigers prepare for tuneup against Buffs
Jeff Miller will find out fairly quickly how much progress his Tiger football team has made when they travel to Giddings to take on the state power Buffaloes for their first scrimmage of the summer Saturday.
The va rsit y sk ir mish is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and the junior varsity and freshmen battle at 9 a.m.
Giddings, which used to share a district with Rockdale, is ranked No. 6 in Class 3A in preseason and is coming off an 11-4 season which saw it reach the state semifinals.
The veer-minded Buffaloes return 12 starters (6/6) and will be breaking in a new quarterback in Connor Wehr (6-3, 190) who moved in from Class 4A Magnolia.
Rush Plumblee and Trey Masek—who split time at quarterback last year—chose not to play football this season.
Giddings—which is 45-9 over the past four years—will have to replace Class 3A player of the year Xavier Daniels.
"We've got to get more aggressive up front on offense and defense," he said. "I've been dis- appointed with how soft we are all across the board.
"If we don't pick it up real soon, we're going to get shocked Saturday.
"Skill-wise we're at a pretty good place and everything else we can fix, but we better get it done pretty soon.
"Giddings is one of the top teams in the state," Miller said. "That's why I wanted to scrimmage them to see where we are."
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.
After the trip to Giddings, the Tigers will then 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.
The Tigers have been healthy so far in the early going of twoa days, but some post-season surgeries have kept some players from going full speed.
Senior defensive end Logan David has not been able to participate in any contact drills as he is waiting on a special knee brace after having knee surgery last year.
Starting nose guard Shane Barcak hasn't been able to participate because his shoulder surgery hasn't fully recovered.
Junior defensive back Casey Burrough has also been hampered after having foot surgery after last season.
Senior receiver/linebacker Derek Mynar and senior defensive back J.B. Debault are also recovering from shoulder surgeries.
Several players will be learning new positions heading into the season.
Because of his shoulder injury, Barcak w ill move from nose guard to linebacker and Debault will move from linebacker to cornerback.
Tyler Wright is shifting from cornerback to safety to take over for Lance Loewe, who chose not to play football this season and concentrate on basketball.
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.
Advanced reserved seat football tickets for previous season ticket holders will be sold at the athletic office on 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.