Hottest day of the year greets 95 Big Blue players

Miller pleased with conditioning of players: ‘All-in-all it was a great first day.’

Even a star like LeRaven Clark was not immune to the searing heat Monday morning as the Tigers went through their paces during the first practice of the season. Reporter/Bill Martin Even a star like LeRaven Clark was not immune to the searing heat Monday morning as the Tigers went through their paces during the first practice of the season. Reporter/Bill Martin Rockdale head coach Jeff Miller welcomed 95 players to the first round of practices bright and early Monday morning and that number is larger than last season’s turnout of 90.

Miller had 40 freshman turn up, which is the highest total in his five years here.

“It was a lot of fun to walk down the line and see a lot of fresh new faces,” he said.

However, he is faced with a small senior class that includes just 16 members.

“I was real pleased with the shape the kids showed up in,” Miller said. “Now, there were four or five that weren’t in shape and they paid the price.”

Monday turned out to be the hottest day of the year, with temperatures reaching 102 degrees.

“The guys that were in shape, it didn’t seem to bother them too much. It was refreshing to see they showed up ready. It was a heck of a first day.”

While the Tigers are equipped with a veteran front line, they will be blocking for a quarterback that hasn’t taken a snap yet.

Sophomore Ethan Brinkley is up from the Tiger freshman team and is joined by 6-foot-2, 225- pound Fort Stockton transfer Jared Carpenter.

Fort Stockton was the 4-3A district champion last season.

Senior Tyler Wright was penciled in at quarterback, but moved with his step father and coach Earl Gandy to Granbury.

“It was strange not to see Mark Drake or Joe Sanders back there,” Miller said of his last two starters at quarterback. “Ethan and Jared are both extremely intelligent kids.”

The Tigers of course have two first-team all-state performers they can rely on in two-way starter LeRaven Clark and linebacker Derek David—both who have already committed to Texas Tech.

Tiger football players weren’t the only athletes dealing with the heat. The Lady Tiger volleyball team was out in full force Monday morning, preparing for their season opener at Lexington on Tuesday. Reporter/Bill Martin Tiger football players weren’t the only athletes dealing with the heat. The Lady Tiger volleyball team was out in full force Monday morning, preparing for their season opener at Lexington on Tuesday. Reporter/Bill Martin “The retention level was really high,” Miller said. “They have been in the program for five years.

“All-in-all, it was a great first day.”

Warm ups

While the opening day of the regular season is Friday, Aug. 27, when the Tigers will host Austin Eastside Memorial for the 7:30 kickoff, Rockdale has a couple of scrimmages set up before then.

The Tigers will host Elgin on Saturday, Aug. 14 at noon for their first scrimmage and then will travel to Robinson on Thursday, Aug. 19 for a 7 p.m. three-way scrimmage with the Rockets and Lexington.

The annual “Meet the Tigers” social and cake auction will take place Monday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. in Tiger Gymnasium.

Junior High

Rockdale Junior High football and volleyball players can begin picking up their equipment on Friday, Aug. 20 with practices to begin on Tuesday, Aug. 24.

Football equipment will be issued on Friday, Aug. 20 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. for eighth graders, while the seventh graders can receive their equipment from 10 to 11:30 p.m.

Junior high players may purchase their own football cleats, but they must be black.

Practices begin Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 7 to 8:59 a.m. for seventh graders and at 2:51 to 4:30 p.m. for eighth graders.

Volleyball equipment will also be handed out on Friday, Aug. 20 for the eighth graders from 8 to 9 a.m. and the seventh graders from 9 to 10 a.m.

Practices begin Tuesday, Aug. 24.

Seventh graders will practice from 6:45 to 8:59 a.m. and eighth graders from 3:40 to 5 p.m.

All athletes must have physicals and other paper work turned in and on file to participate and get their equipment.

Tickets

Advanced reserved seat football tickets for previous season ticket holders will be sold at the athletic office on Aug. 3-5, Aug. 10-12 and beginning Aug. 17, anyone else wishing to purchase tickets can do so from 8 a.m. to noon.

If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for tickets, please call the athletic office at 430-6150 between 8 a.m. and noon.

The cost of season tickets will be $36 for six home games.

Press Day

According to head coach Jeff Miller, picture day/press day for RHS football and athletic trainers has been set for Saturday, Aug. 7 beginning at 9 a.m. at Tiger Field.

Mom and son pictures will also be taken.

Volleyball pictures will be taken the same day at 8 a.m. in RHS Gymnasium.

Aycock Appreciation

On Friday August 27, the Tiger football team will recognize the Aycock High School athletes on the 55th anniversary of the Purple Tigers capturing state championships in both football and basketball in the same school year.

After a reception at the high school at 5 p.m., the players will be introduced before the Rockdale- Austin Eastside Memorial contest.

Aycock players are asked to contact Athletic Director Jeff Miller if they plan to attend at 430-6150.

TIGER TRACKS— In the new publication Friday Night Football, put out by The Old Coach, Rockdale junior linebacker Derek David was a second team selection on Team Texas, which combines all classifications. “David may be the top recruit in the state for his class,” The Old Coach says... Clark and teammate LeRaven Clark were both first team picks for Class 3A... Former Tiger coach Trevor Marshall has caught on as a coach at Buckholts.


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