Tigers not playoff worthy, according to TF
The Rockdale Tigers found out just how tough as the 51st edition of the football bible Texas Football appeared on newstands Monday.
The Tigers, who have made three straight playoff appearances for just the third time in school history, are going to have to prove critics wrong to make the post season in 2010 after being picked fifth in league play.
It’s quite a dropoff for a team that was tabbed as district champions just a year ago. Giddings is tabbed as the presumptive district champions, followed by Caldwell second and Navasota third.
The Tigers are sandwiched between LaGrange and Smithville in the six-team district.
Giddings is positioned at No. 8 in pre-season rankings, while Caldwell comes in at No. 23 and Navasota No. 24.
Texas Football high school expert Carl Padilla has called District 23-3A “the toughest Class 3A district in the state.”
Five of the six teams in the newly shaped league won at least eight games a year ago.
On an individual level, senior lineman LeRaven Clark (see story above) was a pre-season firstteam all-state selection.
Opening kickoff is 75 days away.
It’s no surprise that Cameron is tabbed as the favorite in Division I District 12-2A after sliding down from Class 3A where the Yoemen have been on the brink of the post season in the past two years.
Cameron is No. 8 in the Class 2A pre-season rankings.
The Yoemen return just five starters on offense, but coach’s son Jack Rhoades will slide in at quarterback and expect them to pass the ball even more than in the past.
Thorndale Thorndale steps up to Class 2A again and doesn’t get much respect from the magazine, chosen to place fifth in Division II District 12-2A, even with 17 lettermen and 14 starters coming back.
Bulldog defensive back Josh Ware—who picked off 10 passes last season—was named to the Class A pre-season all-state team, despite the fact that Thorndale is now in Class 2A.
Neighbor Lexington—6-5 a year ago—is the 12-2A favorite and ranked No. 5 in pre-season.
Eagle defensive back Chace Sherrill was named to the Class 2A pre-season all-state team as the utility player.
Milano is picked to finish just out of the money in fourth in Division II District 13A.
“There are no real bruiser teams in this district,” Milano Coach Craig Jentsch said. “Our kids have worked hard in the offseason and so far this summer and we w ill be ready to compete.”
The Eagles were 6-3 last season and just missed out on a post-season berth and return 18 lettermen and 16 starters.
Thoma s Sa nder s look s to replace Mat t hew Jentsch at quarterback. Jentsch was also the district defensive MVP at linebacker.
Also, Snook will field its first football team since the 1950s and will join the Eagles in District 13A where Burton is the preseason favorite.
|Sept. 10||at Cameron|
|Sept. 17||Liberty Hill|
|Sept. 24||at Madisonville|
|* District||18-3A game|
|Sept. 3||at Thrall|
|Sept. 10||at Florence|
|* District||12-2A game|
|Sept. 3||Huntsville Alpha Omega|
|Sept. 10||at Iola|
|Sept. 16||Giddings State|
|Sept. 24||at Chilton|
|* District||13A game|
|Here’s how Texas Football sees|
|the District 23-3A race shaking|
|out in 2010:|