Badger streak now pointing north

Lampasas had lost 20 straight football games until Friday

Lampasas senior running back Brode Dubose will try to improve on the 400 yards he gained last year as the Badgers switch over to the tried-andtrue Slot-T offense. Lampasas senior running back Brode Dubose will try to improve on the 400 yards he gained last year as the Badgers switch over to the tried-andtrue Slot-T offense. When Lampasas athletic director Joey McQueen decided to make a change in the f loundering Badger football program, he looked in the mirror for a new coach.

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."

"They'll be coming in with some confidence and have something to prove," said Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller.

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.

Dillan Schnerr graded out the highest among Tiger linemen against Llano. Dillan Schnerr graded out the highest among Tiger linemen against Llano. "Coach Kerbow does such a great job of putting together a scheme to stop it. Another thing, our kids are not scared or intimidated by it. It all about responsibilities and holding your ground."

Starting over

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.

Tiger Tracks

• 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


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