Big Blue squeegees Marlin
Meanwhile, the Rockdale Tigers offense remained in a drought mode.
Collecting just one touchdown for the second consecutive week, the 13th-ranked Tigers waded by Marlin 7-2 Friday night on a rain-soaked Legion Field.
Big Blue improves to 3-0 on the season for the second straight year and aims to make it four straight this Friday against Leander Rouse.
Class 2A Marlin drops to 0-3.
Sophomore running back Daniel Brooks busted through the heart of the Bulldog defense from seven yards out in the second quarter to account for the only touchdown of the game.
Marlin followed with its only points, on a safety after the Tigers snapped the ball out of the
end zone on a punt in the second quarter.
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The Tigers defeated Marlin 36-23 in 2008.
Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller did blame the monsoon-like conditions for his team's negligible scoreboard output, but would have prefered to see a little cleaner transition than the Tigers' nine fumbles.
"It was horrible, horrible conditions," he said. "We were trying to call plays towards the dry part of the field. Their old field just couldn't hold up. If we had played in Rockdale, it would have been fine."
Two narrow escapes have allowed the Tigers to remain unbeaten.
"I wonder how many teams have scored just seven points in the last two games and won both of them?" Miller said, referring to the Tigers' narrow 7-6 victory over lowly Lampasas the week before.
"These games have been two completely different situations. Against Lampasas, it was a total lack of execution and it was frustrating offensively.
"I wasn't nearly as upset tonight. While there was no passing game, we ran the ball well and we moved the ball up and down the field.
"It was mostly the snaps. A lot of it was the field, but we have to be able to execute a center to quarterback snap."
Miller said that deep snapper Patrick David mistook Joe Sanders' lifting his leg to try and scrape some mud off his cleats as the snap signal, which caught Sanders off guard and handed Marlin a safety.
It was one of nine Tiger fumbles and one of three they lost.
Otherwise, the defense turned in another outstanding effort, drowning the Bulldogs in just 50 yards of offense and two firsts.
"We played really, really hard," Miller said. "I was not disappointed in our effort."
Miller completely abandoned the pass for obvious reasons and the Tigers' three-headed running attack responded in earnest.
Senior Greg Chelf turned in his best effort of the young season with 99 yards on 17 carries.
Junior Terral Dixon also posted his best outing of the year, picking up 82 yards on just eight carries.
Sophomore Daniel Brooks piled on 68 yards on seven carries and accounted for the game's only score.
Brooks leads the Tigers in rushing on the year with 211.
Together, the threesome ran for 249 yards and averaged nearly eight yards per carry.
Chelf also completed the only pass of the game after a 17-yard hookup with Justin Elliott.
Sanders was 0-for-5 with an interception.
13 First downs 2
46-227 Rushes-yards 29-56
1-6-1 Passes 2-8-0
17 Passing yards (-6)
244 Total offense 50
4-30 Punts 5-37
9-2 Fumbles-lost 3-2
5-30 Penalties-yards 5-35
Score by quarters
Rockdale 0 7 6 0—7
Marlin 0 2 0 0—2
ROCKDALE—Daniel Brooks 7 run (Waylon
MARLIN—safety, ball snapped out of
RUSHING—ROCKDALE: Chelf 17-99,
Dixon 8-82, Brooks 7-68, Sanders 11-
PASSING—ROCKDALE: Sanders 0-5-1,
0 yards, Chelf 1-1-0, 17 yards. MARLIN:
Fondon 2-8-0, (-6) yards.
RECEIVING—ROCKDALE: Elliott 1-17.
TACKLES—Elliott 10, David, L. 8, Clark 7,
Burrough 7, David, D. 6, Monroe 5.
WL WL PtsOpp
Rockdale 0 0 3 0 56 28
Navasota 0 0 3 0 102 20
Taylor 0 0 3 0 127 49
Madisonville 0 0 2 1 70 99
Caldwell 0 0 2 1 137 63
Cameron 0 0 2 1 95 73
Rudder 0 0 1 1 27 44
Last week—Rockdale 7, Marlin 2;
Cameron 32, Lexington 10; Taylor 30,
Elgin 21; Caldwell 42, Waco Connally 13;
Navasota 27, Hearne 0; Bryan Rudder 21,
This week—Leander Rouse at
Rockdale; Cameron vs. Lorena at Waco
ISD; Caldwell is idle; Hearne at Bryan Rudder;
Crockett at Madisonville; Navasota at
Bellville; Taylor at Llano
TIGER SEASON RESULTS (3-0)
Rockdale 42, Llano 20
Rockdale 7, Lampasas 6
Rockdale 7, Marlin 2