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."
"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.
"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.
• 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|