Tigers prepping for scrimmage against Elgin
Preparation for the upcoming season is going according to schedule for the Tiger football team as they continue twoa days and prepare for their first live action in a scrimmage against Elgin on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Tiger Field.
“Because these kids have been in our program for five years, the retention level is really high,” said head coach Jeff Miller. “We don’t have to waste much time teaching and they came in in such great shape and that’s a positive.”
Because the Tigers will have an inexperienced signal caller under center, Miller has taken steps to simplify the playbook and concentrate on the potent running attack which features the experienced junior Daniel Brooks and senior Terral Dixon.
“Even though we have a solid offensive line (four returning starters), we don’t have a quarterback who has thrown as pass on Friday night and just one receiver (J.J. Lewis) who has caught a pass on Friday night.”
Sophomore Ethan Brinkley and Fort Stockton transfer Jared Carpenter are battling for the starting quarterback position. Carpenter (6-foot-2, 225) could see significant action at linebacker as well.
“The running game is way ahead of the passing game and that has slowed us down some,” Miller said. “But, both quarterbacks have done a good job of throwing the ball on time and finding receivers.”
With Texas Tech signee Derek David at linebacker, the defense will define the team, but Miller is still searching for some pieces to the puzzle.
“When you lose someone of (all-state lineman) Logan David’s caliber, you have to work hard to fill his shoes.”
The Wildcats—who shared a district with Rockdale back in the 1970s—reside in district 16-4A alongside Bastrop, Pflugerville Connally, Pflugerville Hendrickson, Hutto, Manor and Bryan Rudder.
Hutto, Manor and Rudder are all former Tiger district foes.
Elgin finished 2-8 last season under Coach Danny Lauve and have just six starters back. The Wildcats—who the Tigers have scrimmaged in the recent past— are picked sixth in their district after scoring just 14 points a game last season.
“We’ve got to have a great week this week before we scrimmage,” said Miller. “We have to polish up all we’re doing.”
Opening day of the regular season is Friday, Aug. 27, when the Tigers will host Austin Eastside Memorial for the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
The Tigers 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 Change Rockdale Junior High football and volleyball players can begin picking up their equipment on Friday, Aug. 13, instead of Aug. 20 which was previously announced. Practices to begin on Tuesday, Aug. 24.
Football equipment will be issued on Friday, Aug. 13 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. 13 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.
Advanced reserved seat football tickets for previous season ticket holders will be sold at the athletic office until Aug. 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.
On Friday Aug. 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.
|Sept. 10||at Cameron|
|Sept. 17||Liberty Hill|
|Sept. 24||at Madisonville|
|* District||23-3A game|