Badger streak now pointing north
McQueen placed a heav y burden on his own shoulders in trying to halt Lampasas' 20-game losing streak.
One game into the McQueen era, he's looking like a messiah.
The Badgers buried their 20-game losing streak in their home turf with a 21-14 victory over Manor in a squeaker to open the season.
Lampasas fans had to hold their collective breath until the very end.
Manor had thrown the ball into the end zone for an apparent touchdown as the clock ran out, but an official ruled the Mustang receiver's foot was out of bounds
"It was not a must win, but it was a want win," McQueen said. "It is going to help tremendously. We faced a lot of adversity tonight and we could have shut it down.
"A lot of teams try ways to keep from losing and tonight we found a way to win."
When McQueen took the reigns, the first item on the list of things to do: change the Badgers' offensive scheme to fit the players they have.
He chose the old school, triedand true Slot-T that has brought so many teams (Liberty Hill) success.
"This is the reason for this (split-T) offense," McQueen said after Friday's win. "We want to pound the rock and run the clock."
Unfortunately for McQueen and Lampasas, the Rockdale defense has developed an expertise in throwing a monkey wrench into the misdirection.
In Miller's first 33 games here, he has faced the slot or wing-T nine times and, counting Friday night's win over Llano, has won six straight against these T-types of teams (Llano, Cleveland, Taylor, Caldwell, Llano, Taylor).
"Most teams will practice for a week on it if they are playing a team that runs it," Miller said. "We work on it during two-adays. We talk about it in the spring.
McQueen replaced Ryan Bailey who went 0-20 in his two years as head coach.
McQueen, who has a 103-96- 4 career mark, last coached at Smithville where he guided the Tigers in a similar situation—they hadn't won a game in two years before he chalked up a victory.
In 2003, McQueen led San Angelo to the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. The next season, they captured a district title.
McQueen had taken a twoyear coaching hiatus to pursue a master's degree.
McQueen has faced the Tigers before, in 2005, when he was the head coach at Smithville and Rockdale blanked their Tiger counterparts 27-0.
• All the players that were injured and questionable for the game, played in the game. Dillan Schnerr (shoulder) started at tackle, while projected starter at offensive guard Sal Bishop (knee), played some on defense. Justin Gadison (broken hand), projected starter at tight end, also saw action on defense. All three are probable for Lampasas.
• From his nose guard position, Logan David led the Tigers with 13 tackles. New starters LeRaven Clark and Derek David followed with 11 each.
• With his 49-yard touchdown reception against Llano, Joe Sanders needs just 25 yards to become the all-time leader in receiving yardage, currently held by P.J. Williams who had 1,338 from 1992-94.
• Going into Friday's game, Sanders was 35-of-87 for 431 yards with 3 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in his three previous years on the varsity. He had also accumulated 46 yards rushing.
• With two touchdowns Friday night, Sanders has now scored 20 times in his career, which ties him for seventh on the all-time list with Garry White (1975-76). Blade Bassler (1999-00) currently holds the record at 35. Sanders has also thrown for four scores.
• After his perfect 6-for-6 evening kicking the ball, Waylon Boyd is now 51-of-53 on extra points in his career and has made 32 in a row.
• You may have noticed a family resemblance in sophomore Daniel Brooks on his 89-yard touchdown run on his very first varsity carry. Brooks is the son of former Tiger great Tony Brooks, a state champion hurdler who was also a running back from 1982-85 and gained 2,145 yards and scored 22 touchdowns.
• Llano had something you just don't see everyday. Will Cohen, a Yellowjacket senior defensive back, doubled as the band's drum major at halftime.
• District 24-3A sparkled Friday night, going 5-1, with Caldwell suffering the only loss to Bellville. Taylor racked Austin Reagan 51-0. while Navasota hacked up Henderson 47-0.
THE STARTING LINEUPS
|ROCKDALE OFFENSE||LAMPASAS DEFENSE|
|No.||Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt.||Class||No.||Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt.||Class|
|18||QB||Joe Sanders, 6-2, 190||Sr||37||DE||Joey Burks, 6-0, 180||Jr|
|22||RB||Greg Chelf, 5-7, 150||Sr||54||DT||Carter Burks, 6-4, 250||Sr|
|25||FB||Matt Farley, 5-9, 160||Sr||62||DT||Justin Taylor, 6-3, 230||Jr|
|9||WR||Justin Elliott, 6-3, 180||Sr||70||DE||Spencer Cooper, 6-0, 185||Jr|
|8||WR||Brandon Gibbs, 6-1, 170||Sr||34||LB||Ed Grant 5-11, 200||Sr|
|88||TE||Derrick Mynar, 6-4, 205||Sr||40||LB||Rush Seaver, 6-2, 190||Sr|
|62||LT||LeRaven Clark, 6-6, 230||Jr||22||LB||Jeff Arevalo, 6-0, 170||Sr|
|71||LG||Sal Bishop, 6-4, 250||Jr||3||CB||Josh Woods, 5-8, 160||Sr|
|50||C||Patrick David, 6-0, 235||So||31||S||Brandon Abbott, 6-0, 175||Sr|
|64||RG||Clemente Diaz, 5-11, 235||Sr||6||S||Blaine White, 5-9, 175||Jr|
|76||RT||Dillan Schnerr, 6-4, 250||Jr||8||CB||Aaron Reyna, 5-11 175||Sr|
|ROCKDALE DEFENSE||LAMPASAS OFFENSE|
|64||NG||Clemente Diaz, 5-11, 235||Sr||5||QB||Colton Perkins, 5-10, 175||Jr|
|62||DL||LeRaven Clark, 6-6, 230||Jr||2||FB||Brode DuBose, 6-0, 220||Sr|
|77||DL||Logan David, 6-4, 300||Sr||3||H||Josh Woods, 5-8, 160||Sr|
|88||LB||Derrick Mynar, 6-4, 205||Jr||25||Z||Gabe Terrell, 5-11, 190||Sr|
|34||LB||Anthony Montoya,5-10, 200||Jr||13||LE||Zach Bryant, 5-10, 165||Sr|
|9||LB||Justin Elliott, 6-3, 180||Sr||75||LT||Cory Carpenter, 6-1, 225||Sr|
|6||LB||Derek David, 6-3, 225||So||78||LG||Dustin Yoho, 6-0, 185||Jr|
|8||CB||Brandon Gibbs, 6-1, 170||Sr||52||C||Tate Stoneham, 6-0, 220||Sr|
|11||CB||Terral Dixon, 5-9, 160||Jr||72||RG||Rafael Casares, 6-2, 230||Jr|
|15||S||Tyler Wright, 6-3, 180||Jr||55||RT||Eric Sooter, 6-1, 230||Sr|
|2||S||Casey Burrough, 5-7, 160||Jr||48||RE||Chris Sanders, 6-2, 190||Jr|