First half report card produces passing grades

With a 5-0 record safely tucked away in his back pocket, Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller doesn't have a lot to complain about these days.

At the halfway point of the season, Miller can only sing the praises of his unbeaten team which is ranked No. 8 in Texas Football.

"Defensively, we're just playing unbelievably better than we ever imagined so far," he said.

The numbers bear out his praise. The Tigers possess the top defensive unit in District 24-3A, allowing just 180 yards per outing.

Tyler Wright—coming off the game of a lifetime—leads the league in interceptions with four after copping two on Friday night.

The score Rockdale allowed Cameron in the second quarter, is the first time a team has scored in the first half all year.

The Tigers have outscored their opposition 90-7 in the first half.

"However, there are still some areas we can improve on defensively," Miller said.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive tackle Logan David has been throwing offensive linemen around like confetti.

My personal favorite player to watch is junior strong safety Casey Burrough.

Miller Miller Despite his size disadvantage at 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds, Burrough may be the hardest hitter on the team.

Did anyone catch his decapitation of Dookie Wells Friday night? He stuffed his head in his watch pocket.

Offensively, the Tigers have made giant strides in the past two weeks in establishing their identity.

"We're still a little inconsistent," Miller said. "But, in three of the five games we have done what we wanted to do and had pretty complete games.

"The Lampasas game (7-6 win) is still a mystery and it's hard to count Marlin because of the playing conditions."

The Tigers have become a rush-first team behind their three-headed running back consisting of Daniel Brooks (538 yards), Greg Chelf (320) and Terral Dixon (205).

The sophomore Brooks has turned in a pair of superlative games and his breakaway speed has given the Tigers a quick route to the end zone when he gets outside.

Everyone expected rocketarmed quarterback Joe Sanders to have accumulated more passing yards at this point (he has a very respectable 461), but he has provided the Tigers with a steady hand and has served the offense splendidly.

"I told him after the game Friday that I thought that was the best game he has played since he's been here," Miller said. "There was no doubt that he was in charge out there. He was maintaining the pace of the game and controlling the team and the football.

"He had just a couple of minor missteps Friday and that's phenomenal. Everything he did was perfect. We have a ton of confidence in his ability.

"He'll have that breakout game and we'll need it."

The 5ive

Here are the five hardest hitters to ever play football:

1. Dick Butkus (LB Chicago Bears)—Used to go to the mountains in the off season because he thought he might kill somebody.

2. Dick "Nightrain" Lane (CB Chicago Cardinals)—Two-way Austinite's favorite tackle was the clothesline.

3. Chuck Cecil (Safety St. Louis Cardinals)—Deemed too violent for the NFL.

4. Mike Curtis (LB Baltimore Colts)—Once slammed a fan that ran on the field.

5. Deacon Jones (DE Los Angeles Rams)—Invented the quarterback "sack."

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