One last tuneup with Robinson

Tigers host Rockets Thursday

Captains for this year's Tiger football team as voted on by the team are running back Greg Chelf (22), receiver Justin Elliott (9), quarterback Joe Sanders (18) and receiver Brandon Gibbs (8). Captains for this year's Tiger football team as voted on by the team are running back Greg Chelf (22), receiver Justin Elliott (9), quarterback Joe Sanders (18) and receiver Brandon Gibbs (8). In one final tuneup before the season opener against Llano Sept. 28, the Tigers will host old friend Robinson on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Tiger Field.

Robinson is coming off a rare losing season at 4-6, but return eight offensive players and will be searching for a new quarterback.

The Rockets are picked third in District 19-3A.

In their scrimmage w ith Giddings Saturday morning, the Tigers scored four times against the No. 6 ranked Buffaloes while also allowing four with Tiger quarterback Tyler Wright connecting twice with receiver Enrique Torres on lengthy touchdown strikes of over 60 yards each.

"I really was pretty darn pleased with the way we played," said Coach Jeff Miller. "The intensity level was way up and execution was way up and those are the two things you worry about.

"You hope good things come out of a scrimmage and we did get a lot out of it."

Miller points out that the Tigers have five new starters on the offensive line and they are still trying to gain their bearings.

"A lot of those kids haven't played on the varsity level and the speed caught up with them a little bit," Miller said.

Miller lauded the efforts of 6-foot-3, 220-pound sophomore linebacker Derek David.

"We are hoping to see him step in and fill the void left by Nic (Hammett)."

Hammett was a first team allstate linebacker who now plays for Rice.


Miller said that Tuesday's practice was the healthiest the Tigers have been all summer.

Senior defensive end Logan David (knee) and senior linebacker Shane Barcak (shoulder) were in full pads for the first time.

Senior defensive back J.B. Debault (shoulder) and junior defensive back Casey Burrough (foot) were also pain-free.

Star ting guard Sal Bishop banged up his knee against Giddings but will be ready to go.

"I'd like to see our execution more crisp on both side of the ball," Miller said of Thursday's meeting with Robinson. "We've got to play faster at the line of scrimmage.

"I'm excited because they will give us a lot of looks on offense and defense and that will be great experience for us down the road."

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.


Advanced reserved seat football tickets for previous season ticket holders will be sold at the athletic office on Aug. 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.

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