Rock Routes Rouse
Well, Leander Rouse played Stallone to Rockdale's scoring ills Friday night as the Tigers took advantage of a young Raider team to work out some offensive bugaboos and at the same time introduced the Raiders to varsity competition with a 54-0 route at Tiger Stadium.
"We got a little more organized on offense tonight," said Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller. "When we scored the first time we had the ball it really got the monkey off our back.
"It was a pretty flawless performance and we had some things we needed to work out."
Rockdale moves to 4-0 on the season for the second year in a row and will have to conquer blood rival Cameron on Friday in the Battle of the Bell to make it to 5-0 for the first time since 1997.
The Raiders had beaten two junior varsity teams coming into the game.
The Tigers didn't allow any points in a game for the first time since blanking Smithville 27-0 in 2005 and equalled their 54-point output against Madisonville a year ago.
The Tigers, who had scored just 54 points on the season and only 14 in the past two weeks, posted points on their first four possessions and seven of their first nine and led 34-0 at intermission.
Sophomore Daniel Brooks led the onslaught with 162 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries.
His free-wheelin' style of running produced seven carries for double-digit yardage, including a 58-yard blitz down the right sideline for a touchdown.
Brook's power surge was the most by a sophomore since Terral Dixon rambled for 196 yards against Taylor last season.
"He's a special player," Miller said. "But, we have three really talented running backs and we're not waiting for anyone to separate themselves from the other.
"We've also got three running backs who are one-hundred percent healthy, because they all three play and they're not going to get banged up running the ball 30 times a game and we are fortunate to have that.
"It's not about individual success, it's about the success of the team and I don't want them to take that pounding."
Brooks was joined in the century club by senior starter Greg Chelf, who worked for 109 yards on just eight carries and a couple of scores.
In his third career 100-yard game, Chelf accumulated 58 yards of his total on a touchdown burst in the first quarter.
It was the first time two Rockdale backs have gained 100 yards or more since Terral Dixon and Cois Walker pulled off the feat against Taylor in the last week of 2008.
It also marked the first time a Rockdale back has crossed the 100-yard mark in 2009. The Tigers averaged 10 yards every time they touched the ball.
The Tigers abandoned any semblance of a passing game, putting the ball in the air just 16 times and only seven times in the second half.
Quarterback Joe Sanders was six-of-12 for 92 yards with a 42- yard touchdown on a connection with Justin Elliott right before halftime to make it 34-0.
"Joe threw the ball well tonight," Miller said, "and we've got to have him throwing the ball well to be successful and he understands that."
Derrick Mynar was the top receiver with two catches for 53 yards, including a 35-yarder.
All total, Rockdale was just two yards shy of producing 500 yards of offense, 371 on the ground.
The Tigers stuffed Rouse with 81 yards of offense and just 36 on the ground.
The Raiders had just three plays that went over 10 yards and crossed midfield just twice, both times in the first quarter.
Senior defensive tackle Logan David even got involved in the scoring spree, when after his little brother Derek pressured Rouse quarterback Michael Botello into throwing the ball up for grabs on a screen pass, the eldest David snagged it out of mid-air and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown with 21 seconds left in the first quarter to make the score 21-0.
Derek David also recovered a fumble on a kickoff after Rockdale went up 28-0 that set up Sanders' scoring strike to Elliott to make it 34-0 as the Tigers scored twice within 47 seconds.
Tyler Wright also picked off a Rouse pass for his second of the year that stopped an early Raider scoring threat.
"I think tonight showed that we aren't just two or three people on defense," Miller said. "Everybody contributes and has the ability to make plays."
Brooks and Chelf reeled off runs of 16 and 12 yards to set up the Tigers' first score with Brooks sneaking over the right side of the line from the four.
Wright's interception at the 30 set up Rockdale's next score Chelf angled off left tackle LeRaven Clark and scampered untouched for 58 yards and a 14-0 Tiger lead.
A f ter Dav id's interception return, Brooks took a pitch from the 14 and scooted in for a 28-0 Rockdale advantage.
THE STARTING LINEUPS
|ROCKDALE OFFENSE||CAMERON DEFENSE|
|No.||Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt.||Class||No.||Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt. Class|
|18||QB||Joe Sanders, 6-2, 190||Sr||2||RE||Travion Sims, 5-11, 180||Jr|
|22||RB||Greg Chelf, 5-7, 150||Sr||70||NG||Mattaus Lopez, 5-9, 260||Jr|
|31||WR||J.B. Debault, 5-11, 175||Sr||52||RT||Deantana Holt, 5-10, 205||Jr|
|9||WR||Justin Elliott, 6-3, 180||Sr||72||LT||Terrell Williams, 6-0, 200||Sr|
|8||WR||Brandon Gibbs, 6-1, 170||Sr||34||LE||Jairo Campa , 5-10, 164||Jr|
|88||WR||Derrick Mynar, 6-4, 205||Sr||18||LB||J.Paul Mendoza, 5-10, 205||Sr|
|62||LT||LeRaven Clark, 6-6, 230||Jr||30||LB||Ty Morgan, 5-11, 180||Jr|
|65||LG||Chris Ware, 5-10, 265||Sr||25||CB||Tre Anderson, 5-7, 164||Jr|
|50||C||Patrick David, 6-0, 235||So||8||S||Jake Young, 5-11, 166||Jr|
|64||RG||Clemente Diaz, 5-11, 235||Sr||9||S||Tyrell Goss, 5-7, 164||Sr|
|76||RT||Dillan Schnerr, 6-4, 250||Jr||10||CB||Bert Wells, 5-11, 166||Sr|
|ROCKDALE DEFENSE||CAMERON OFFENSE|
|64||NG||Clemente Diaz, 5-11, 235||Sr||4||QB||Steven Townsend, 5-10,170||Sr|
|62||LT||LeRaven Clark, 6-6, 230||Jr||5||FB||James Wells, 5-7, 150||Sr|
|77||RT||Logan David, 6-4, 300||Sr||22||H||Tommy Anderson, 5-10, 170 Sr|
|88||LB||Derrick Mynar, 6-4, 205||Jr||7||LE||Brandon Freeman, 6-0, 170||Sr|
|34||LB||Anthony Montoya,5-10, 200||Jr||23||Z||David Brown, 5-7, 164||Jr|
|9||LB||Justin Elliott, 6-3, 180||Sr||16||RE||Jack Rhoades, 6-2, 180||Jr|
|6||LB||Derek David, 6-3, 225||So||75||LT||Ke'Andre Bynaum, 6-0, 236||Sr|
|8||CB||Brandon Gibbs, 6-1, 170||Sr||60||LG||Ricky Dominguez, 6-0, 234||Jr|
|1||CB||Terral Dixon, 5-9, 160||Jr||50||C||Jacob Kostroun, 5-10, 215||Jr|
|15||S||Tyler Wright, 6-3, 180||Jr||52||RG||John Mendoza, 6-0, 252||Sr|
|2||S||Casey Burrough, 5-7, 160||Jr||68||RT||Ines Rangel, 5-11, 270||Jr|
|BATTLE OF||THE BELL|
TIGER SEASON LEADERS
Rushing—Brooks 29-373 6 TD;
Chelf 41-271 3 TD; Dixon 25-159 1
TD; Sanders 30-121 1 TD; Peters
7-55; 1-4; Wright 3-(-3).
Passing—Sanders 23-56-1, 356
yards, 3 TD; Wright 3-7-1, 84 yards,
1 TD; Chelf 1-1-0, 17 yards.
Receiving— G ib bs 5 - 55 1TD ;
Mynar 4-120 1TD; DeBault 4-90;
Elliott 4-87 1TD; Brooks 2-10; Sanders
1-49 1TD; Torres 1-10; White
1-10; Dixon 1-5; Farley 1-2, Chelf
1-1, Lewis 1-0.
Tackles—David, L. 43, David, D.
34, Elliott 29, Burrough 28, Clark 25,
Estrada 20, Mynar 19, Montoya 19.
TIGER SEASON RESULTS (4-0)
Rockdale 42, Llano 20
Rockdale 7, Lampasas 6
Rockdale 7, Marlin 2
Rockdale 54, Leander Rouse 0
4 First downs 21
27-36 Rushes-yards 39-371
9-24-2 Passes 8-16-0
45 Passing yards 127
81 Total offense 498
7-35 Punts 2-40
5-1 Fumbles-lost 3-1
9-65 Penalties-yards 10-115
Score by quarters
Rouse 0 0 0 0—0
Rockdale 21 13 13 7—54
ROCKDALE—Daniel Brooks 4 run (Waylon
Boyd kick) 8:11
ROCKDALE—Greg Chelf 58 run (Boyd
ROCKDALE—Logan David 22 INT return
(Boyd Kick) :21
ROCKDALE—Daniel Brooks 14 run (Boyd
ROCKDALE—Justin Elliott 42 pass from
Joe Sanders (kick failed) 3:38
ROCKDALE—Chelf 2 run (Boyd kick)
ROCKDALE—Brooks 58 run (kick failed)
ROCKDALE—Terral Dixon 27 run (Boyd
RUSHING—ROCKDALE: Brooks 11-161 3
TD, Chelf 8-109 2 TD, Dixon 6-30, Sanders
7-39, Peters 3-20, Elliott 1-9, Farley
1-4, Wright 2-(-2). ROUSE: Butts 7-26.
PASSING—ROCKDALE: Sanders 6-12-0,
92 yards, 1 TD, Wright 2-4-0, 35 yards.
ROUSE: Gadison 6-10-1, 39 yards.
RECEIVING—ROCKDALE: Mynar 2
1-7, Debault 1-5, Farley 1-2, Lewis 1-0..
ROUSE: Potts 2-20.
TACKLES—David, D. 9, Montoya 6, David,
L. 5, Estrada 5, Clark 4, Elliott 4.
Last week—Rockdale 54, Leander Rouse 0; Cameron 27, Lorena 17; Llano 30, Taylor 14; Navasota 24, Bellville 14; Bryan Rudder 49, Hearne 14; Madisonville 6, Crockett 0; Caldwell was idle.
This week—Cameron at Rockdale; Madisonville at Caldwell; Bryan Rudder at Navasota; Crockett at Madisonville; Taylor is idle.