Rock Routes Rouse

Big Blue posts first shutout since 2005
BY BILL MARTIN Reporter Sports Editor

Rockdale sophomore Daniel Brooks (3) stepped off 161 yards and crossed the goal line three times in the Tigers' shutout of Leander Rouse Friday. Rockdale sophomore Daniel Brooks (3) stepped off 161 yards and crossed the goal line three times in the Tigers' shutout of Leander Rouse Friday. There's a line in an old Sylvester Stallone cop movie where with a straight face and a toothpick clinched in his teeth, he mumbles to the bad guy, "You're the disease and I'm the cure."

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.

Rockdale's Justin Gadison (32) met his cousin Tai Gadison for the first time after the game Friday night. Tai Gadison is a two-way starter for Leander Rouse. Rockdale's Justin Gadison (32) met his cousin Tai Gadison for the first time after the game Friday night. Tai Gadison is a two-way starter for Leander Rouse. Rouse—in its first year of existence—dips to 2-1 on the season with Rockdale as its first varsity-level opponent.

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
Wins: Yoe 38, RHS 16
1954—Yoe 13-12. 1982—Yoe 42-20.
1955—Yoe 28-9. 1983—Yoe 14-7.
1956—No game. 1984—Yoe 29-7.
1957—Yoe 38-13. 1985—Yoe 21-20.
1958—Yoe 6-0. 1986—Yoe 31-9.
1959—RHS 21-0. 1987—Yoe 24-8.
1960—Yoe 14-6. 1988—RHS 14-9.
1961—RHS 16-0. 1989—Yoe 17-13.
1962—RHS 46-16. 1990—Yoe 43-6.
1963—RHS 35-0. 1991—Yoe 21-14.
1964—Yoe 16-0. 1992—RHS 10-7.
1965—Yoe 16-0. 1993—Yoe 16-12.
1966—RHS 20-13. 1994—Yoe 29-22.
1967—RHS 39-0. 1995—RHS 28-18.
1968—RHS 34-7. 1996—Yoe 17-0.
1969—Yoe 16-7. 1997—Yoe 10-6.
1970—RHS 11-7. 1998—Yoe 3-0.
1971—Yoe 16-8. 1999—Yoe 21-20.
1972—Yoe 7-6. 2000—Yoe 17-9.
1973—Yoe 14-0. 2001—Yoe 34-11.
1974—Yoe 10-0. 2002—Yoe 19-7.
1975—Yoe 22-19. 2003—RHS 25-22.
1976—RHS 14-6. 2004—Yoe 34-6.
1977—RHS 17-12. 2005—Yoe 34-20.
1978—Yoe 24-20. 2006—Yoe 50-12
1979—Yoe 14-0. 2007—RHS 43-21
1980—RHS 28-17. 2009—Yoe 41-28
1981—Yoe 48-7.


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
Cameron
at Madisonville
Bryan Rudder
at Navasota
Caldwell
at Taylor

Rouse Rockdale
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
Scoring summary
First quarter
ROCKDALE—Daniel Brooks 4 run (Waylon
Boyd kick) 8:11
ROCKDALE—Greg Chelf 58 run (Boyd
kick) 2:03
ROCKDALE—Logan David 22 INT return
(Boyd Kick) :21
Second quarter
ROCKDALE—Daniel Brooks 14 run (Boyd
kick) 4:25
ROCKDALE—Justin Elliott 42 pass from
Joe Sanders (kick failed) 3:38
Third quarter
ROCKDALE—Chelf 2 run (Boyd kick)
6:59
ROCKDALE—Brooks 58 run (kick failed)
2:35
Fourth quarter
ROCKDALE—Terral Dixon 27 run (Boyd
kick) (11:50
The Leaders
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.
24-3A STANDINGS
District Season
WL WL PtsOpp
Rockdale 0 0 4 0 110 28
Navasota 0 0 4 0 126 34
Cameron 0 0 3 1 122 90
Taylor 0 0 3 1 141 79
Caldwell 0 0 2 1 137 63
Rudder 0 0 2 1 76 58
Madisonville 0 0 2 2 76 99

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.


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