'67 Tigers were just one break away

Guest, Marion, Speer, Chmelar went on to standout college sports careers

Hall of Honor schedule for Friday 4 to 5 p.m.—Banquet and social time, RHS lunchroom. 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.—Induction ceremony, free and open to the public, RHS lunchroom. (Note: The entire event will be in the lunchroom with no activities in the auditorium.) 7 p.m.—Honorees introduced to Tiger Field crowd prior to Rockdale-Caldwell football game. Hall of Honor schedule for Friday 4 to 5 p.m.—Banquet and social time, RHS lunchroom. 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.—Induction ceremony, free and open to the public, RHS lunchroom. (Note: The entire event will be in the lunchroom with no activities in the auditorium.) 7 p.m.—Honorees introduced to Tiger Field crowd prior to Rockdale-Caldwell football game. Vernon Guest, H. Earl Marion, Mike Speer and Glen Chmelar all went on to spectacular successes in college after graduating Rockdale High School in 1968.

And they were one break away from being members of Rockdale High School's second football team to post a 10-0 regular season record.

Chemlar was named a member of Baylor's all-decade football squad of the 1970s, Speer was on two national championship football teams at the University of Texas.

Marion set national junior college football records at Blinn College and Guest held the Arkansas State record for the 100-yard dash.

All four will be inducted into the Rockdale Sports Hall of Honor in ceremonies Friday in the high school lunchroom.

One for all time

All-state on offense and defense at RHS, Glenn Chmelar went on to Baylor where he was a star. All-state on offense and defense at RHS, Glenn Chmelar went on to Baylor where he was a star. The 1967 Tigers were 9-1, a record that would have easily punched their post-season ticket today.

Rockdale outscored its opponents in the nine victories 369- 55. The Tigers beat district foes San Marcos 48-6, New Braunfels 54-14 and Lampasas 62-0.

Their only loss was 13-10 in a classic contest against district rival Seguin that drew 6,000 to Tiger Field and in 2000 was named one of Rockdale's 10 best games of all time.

Both teams were ranked in the state's top 10.

There were three huge breaks and Seguin got them all:

• Rockdale had a 38-yard TD by Guest called back for clipping. It was the Tigers only penalty of the game.

• Tiger fans screamed for a flag when Seguin was all over Chmelar in the Matador end zone on what otherwise would have been a TD reception to end the first half. RHS didn't get one.

• Big Blue was apparently dr iv ing to the game- clinching score late in the contest when a hit by Matador Charles Dav is sent a Rockdale pitch bouncing backwards for a 32- yard loss. Seguin held.

Vernon Guest ran the 100-yard dash under 10 seconds 11 times in his RHS track career. Vernon Guest ran the 100-yard dash under 10 seconds 11 times in his RHS track career. H. Earl Marion

His 22 TDs in 1967 is still an RHS single season record and his 1,274 yards rushing that year is still third all-time.

He finished his RHS career with 1,944 yards on 361 rushes, a 6.05 yards-per carry average. Marion scored 186 points.

His 17 carries for 245 yards and 4 TDs against Cameron remains an all-time best for an RHS back against Yoe.

Marion was a first-team all state selection after his senior year.

At Blinn Junior College-Brenham his 32 points in one game was at the time a national junior college record.

After graduating from Blinn he completed his college football career at the University of Tulsa.

Glen Chmelar

A devastat ing tack ler and blocker, Chmelar was first team all-state team at linebacker (even though he played defensive end) and second-team all state at offensive end.

Mike Speer was a member of two national championship teams at the University of Texas after his Rockdale High School career. Mike Speer was a member of two national championship teams at the University of Texas after his Rockdale High School career. Even though teams seldom ran his way, he posted 13 solo tackles and 67 assists. He also intercepted 10 passes.

After a freshman year in which he was All-Southwest Conference at Baylor, he stepped right into a starting defensive end slot, was the Bears' captain in 1971-72 and won the team's sportsmanship award in 1972. He also kicked off.

He was named a member of Baylor's All Decade team of the 1970s.

Chmelar was drafted by the Houston Oilers and played a preseason with them before choosing a career in education over accepting an assignment to the Canadian Football League.

Mike Speer

Speer played offensive guard and linebacker.

On defense he logged 46 solo tackles and 359 assists in a threeyear varsity career.

As Big Blue's place kicker he booted 63 extra points and two field goals.

He was named All-Centex all three years and went on to accept a football scholarship to the University of Texas.

H. Earl Marion's 22 touchdowns in 1967 is still a single season rushing record for Rockdale High School. HIs 1,274 yards rushing that season, on 187 carries, is still the third best single season rushing mark in school history. In the 1967 Cameron game Marion rushed 17 times for 245 yards and four touchdowns in a game Rockdale won 39-0. That remains the best rushing game ever by a Tiger back against Yoe. H. Earl Marion's 22 touchdowns in 1967 is still a single season rushing record for Rockdale High School. HIs 1,274 yards rushing that season, on 187 carries, is still the third best single season rushing mark in school history. In the 1967 Cameron game Marion rushed 17 times for 245 yards and four touchdowns in a game Rockdale won 39-0. That remains the best rushing game ever by a Tiger back against Yoe. Speer kicked the winning field goal against TCU for the Longhorn freshman team. He went on to earn a letter and was a member of Texas national championship teams in 1969 and 1970.

He was a second-team offensive guard at UT and was backup place kicker to Longhorn great Happy Feller.

A multi-sport athlete at RHS, Speer threw the shot and discus for the Big Blue track team and was a regional qualifier in shot put his senior year.

A catcher for the Big Blue baseball team, Speer was all-district his senior year.

And he once caught future Oakland A's superstar pitcher Vida Blue during a summer major league tryout camp at the RHS diamond.

Vernon Guest

Running on cinder tracks, he logged a pair of 9.7s as a junior in the 100-yard dash, then had one of the most memorable track seasons for any Tiger as a senior.

He ran 9.9 or better nine times that season, setting many meet records.

In Marlin he ran a 9.5, setting a school record that lasted 31 years, not falling until its metric equivalent was bettered in 1999.

Injuries kept Guest from getting to the state meet during his RHS career but he went on to Arkansas State on a track scholarship.

As a college freshman he clocked in at 9.3, holding the Arkansas State school record at the time, before additional injuries ended his track career.

Guest was a running back for Big Blue's football team, ending the 1967 season with a 6-yardper carry average and scoring four TDs.


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