Dangerous type

Experienced Rangers no push over anymore

After starting at quarterback last season, Rudder's Tre Hammond 10) has been moved outside where he can be utilized more in the Rangers' offensive scheme. After starting at quarterback last season, Rudder's Tre Hammond 10) has been moved outside where he can be utilized more in the Rangers' offensive scheme. After getting pushed around last season in its first year of existence, Bryan Rudder is poised to do some pushing back.

Not only did the Rangers

2-3, 0-2) record their first win when they edged Brookshire- Royal 21-19, they had an actual winning streak going when in the next week they hung up Hearne 49-14 to make it two in a row.

"When it happened, the lid just came off," said the only coach Rudder has known, C.M. Pier of his first W. "They were so happy. It's hard to put it into words, really, after what those kids have been through. It was a good feeling.

"It was a good night. It was good for the school and good for the community."

The second w in was even sweeter.

"I would be lying if I stood here and said the (second) win wasn't big," Pier said, "because it is better to go in with two wins than two losses.

"At the same time, our district is tough top to bottom. We're coming up against a district favorite this week and they're as tough as there is. It's going to be a challenge for us."

"They are much improved from last year," said Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller. "They have some real dangerous skill kids.

"Any time a team has been beat up and then comes out with a couple of wins, it gives them some confidence."

Rudder took a step backwards last week in its 42-6 loss to Caldwell.

The Rangers allowed 601 yards of offense and produced just 96 themselves after falling behind 14-0 on the Hornets' first two possessions.

Caldwell ran 83 plays to Rudder's 37.

"The Hornets were pumped up," Pier said. "They hit us right in t he mout h and we didn't respond."

The Rangers sport 36 juniors and nine sophomores on the roster and one of those juniors is Kyle Danford, who switched places this season with Tre Hammond and is now the starting quarterback, while Hammond moved out to receiver.

"Any move we make is going to be for the team first, not the individual," said Pier. "They understood that, and they like the roles they are in right now."

Fittingly, Hammond scored the winning touchdown in the first win over Brookshire-Royal.

Junior LeRaven Clark graded out the highest among Tiger linemen against Madisonville. Junior LeRaven Clark graded out the highest among Tiger linemen against Madisonville. Danford, who took over at quarterback at the end of last season when Hammond was injured, has grown four inches since last season and now stands 6-foot-2.

"There are still some mechanical things we need to work on with Kyle, his reads and such," Pier said. "He wants to do things so well that sometimes he rushes things and doesn't see things like he should, but overall I'm happy with the way he's playing. There's no doubt we've got to improve in some areas, but he's starting to come on."

Danford accounted for 71 of the Rangers 96 yards of offense last week against Caldwell.

This repor t contains informa - tion from the Bryan-College Station Eagle.

TIGER TRACKS

• This is the end of the six weeks, so teams all over Texas will be holding their breath as far as eligibility goes. Miller says there is a possibility the Tigers may lose one player.

• The Tigers suffered minor injuries Friday. Two-way starter Clemente Diaz (OG-NG) has a banged up knee but is probable for Rudder. Sophomore running back and leading rusher Daniel Brooks suffered a hip pointer last week and didn't practice but played in the game. He is questionable for Friday.

• While the Tigers dropped to No. 13 in the Associated Press poll, they are ranked no. 8 in both the Old Coach's poll and the Texas Football poll.

• Logan David led the Tigers in tackles once again with nine and has 58 for the season. Casey Burrough followed with seven and is also second on the season with 42.

• Tyler Wright is making his catches count. Two of his three receptions in 2009 have gone for touchdowns, including Friday's 46-yard score. Wright lined up at quarterback in the second quarter and tried to connect with Joe Sanders on a post pattern but over threw him.

• It's either feast or famine for the Tigers. They have won three games with a total of 23 points and the other three with 137 total points. Of the 160 points the Tigers have scored, almost half have come in the second quarter (69).

• With a 21-20 loss to Cleburne last week, former Rockdale Coach Robby Clark's Midlothian team fell to 1-4. Clark is 12-23 at the school.

• It's payback time. If you haven't been paying attention, Liberty Hill fell to 2-3 with its 48-6 loss to Burnet Friday. The Panthers managed just 95 yards rushing.

THE STARTING LINEUPS
ROCKDALE OFFENSE RUDDER DEFENSE
No. Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt. Class No. Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt. Class
18 QB Joe Sanders, 6-2, 190 Sr 83 RE Matt Fritsche, 6-0, 169 Jr
22 RB Greg Chelf, 5-7, 150 Sr 54 RT Ryan Doty, 6-0, 237 So
31 WR J.B. Debault, 5-11, 175 Sr 77 LT Kelvin Caldwell, 6-4, 310 Jr
9 WR Justin Elliott, 6-3, 180 Sr 89 LE Ty Klintworth, 5-11, 171 Jr
8 WR Brandon Gibbs, 6-1, 170 Sr 68 NG Skylar Perez, 5-7, 205 So
88 WR Derrick Mynar, 6-4, 205 Sr 41 LB Dakotah Teague. 5-9, 155 Jr
62 LT LeRaven Clark, 6-6, 230 Jr 37 LB Alex Ulloa, 5-6, 170 Jr
65 LG Chris Ware, 5-10, 265 Sr 24 CB Tim Kindle, 5-9, 142 Jr
50 C Patrick David, 6-0, 235 So 15 S Trent Mitchell, 5-6, 155 So
64 RG Clemente Diaz, 5-11, 235 Sr 11 S Will Johnson, 6-1, 172 Jr
76 RT Dillan Schnerr, 6-4, 250 Jr 23 CB Domon Robison, 5-10, 165 Jr
ROCKDALE DEFENSE RUDDER OFFENSE
64 NG Clemente Diaz, 5-11, 235 Sr 17 QB Kyle Danford, 6-2, 178 Jr
62 LT LeRaven Clark, 6-6, 230 Jr 25 RE Charlie Bush, 5-10, 170 Jr
77 RT Logan David, 6-4, 300 Sr 10 HB Tre Hammond, 5-7, 152 Jr
88 LB Derrick Mynar, 6-4, 205 Jr 28 FB Restevin Anderson, 5-7, 150 Jr
34 LB Anthony Montoya,5-10, 200 Jr 20 Z Bill Martin, 5-7, 160 So
9 LB Justin Elliott, 6-3, 180 Sr 12 LE Mike Jones, 5-10, 165 Jr
6 LB Derek David, 6-3, 225 So 60 LT David Wilganowski,6-2, 220 So
8 CB Brandon Gibbs, 6-1, 170 Sr 54 LG Ryan Doty, 6-0, 237 So
1 CB Terral Dixon, 5-9, 160 Jr 50 C Matt Cohan, 6-1, 225 Jr
15 S Tyler Wright, 6-3, 180 Jr 78 RG Josh Kapchinski, 6-0, 330 Jr
2 S Casey Burrough, 5-7, 160 Jr 77 RT Rey Morales, 6-2, 320 Jr


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