Ducks take a flyer when it comes to playing rival Rockdale

Rockdale will always be tethered to Taylor and Cameron for obvious reasons no matter what the circumstances, but for the first time since 1993, neither rival will be included in a district with the Tigers.

The last time that happened was in 1953.

This may be the first time that Rockdale and Taylor have been in the same classification and not in the same district.

And now for the shocker: for the first time since 1953, Rockdale and Taylor will not face each other on the football field.

When Tiger coaches approached head coach Rick Cobia yesterday about penciling in the Ducks, he declined the offer, despite the fact that both teams had an opening.

“They chose to play someone else,” Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller said. “It’s really disappointing, because we enjoy playing those guys. But what can you do? We tried, we tried.”

The blood rivals have played each other 80 times, beginning in 1912. Imagine Texas and Oklahoma not playing each other any more.

Cobia is trying to save his job and getting taken to the woodshed by the Tigers by a combined score of 99-35 in the past two seasons doesn’t help.

Taylor could probably use a breath of fresh air, since moving back into Class 3A in 2006, the Ducks have been the whipping boy of the district, going 13-27 overall and 3-17 in district action.

In their previous four years in Class 4A (2002-05), the Ducks made three playoff appearances.

And for the first time since 1999, the annual grudge match Battle of the Bell, will not be a district contest.

Cameron could use a change of scenery as well, after struggling in Class 3A.

Since their run at state in 2005 which ended after being ousted by district foe Hutto, the Yoemen have gone 23-18.

Curious how the UIL put Taylor and new Class 3A school Salado in the same district, when Rockdale is closer to both of them.


Watching the coming and goings of the bi-annual University Interscholastic League realignment Monday—which by the way, you can actually watch now—I couldn’t help but think back to schools that Rockdale has shared a district with in the past and how drastically things have changed.

A large number of the schools the Tigers have been in bed with are now Class 5A and some even have multiple high schools.

One-hundred new schools have opened in the state of Texas since 1984.

Back in the golden age (or the olden days) of the early -to-mid 70s, Rockdale shared old District 12-3A with Del Valle, Round Rock, Georgetown, Belton and Leander.

With Del Valle’s upward migration this time around, all five of those schools are now embedded in Class 5A and all except Del Valle and Belton employ multiple high schools.

Of the 38 teams that Rockdale has shared a district with over the past 100 years, 12 of them are currently or have been a Class 5A school.

In Rockdale’s first district configuration in 1933, District 26B included Georgetown, Belton, Granger and Cameron. The Tigers went 3-1 by the way.

The 5ive

A special UIL realignment expanded edition. Here’s an eight-team district (and their current status) from 1974 (23AA) that we will never see again:

1. Hearne (2A)
2. Cameron (2A)
3. Caldwell (3A)
4. Rosebud-Lott (2A)
5. Elgin (4A)
6. Manor (4A)
7. Leander (5A)
8. Westlake (5A)

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