Getting closer to the real thing

Tigers moved the ball well against Class 4A Elgin

Team captains for the 2010 Tiger football team are (clockwise from left): LeRaven Clark (62), Casey Burrough (2), Sal Bishop (71), J.J. Lewis (7) and Terral Dixon (1). Reporter/Cliff Dungan Team captains for the 2010 Tiger football team are (clockwise from left): LeRaven Clark (62), Casey Burrough (2), Sal Bishop (71), J.J. Lewis (7) and Terral Dixon (1). Reporter/Cliff Dungan With time growing shorter until that first game is upon them, the Rockdale Tigers are taking the steps needed to get in game shape.

A big part of that is taking a break from knocking each other around and facing other teams, which the Tigers did for the first time Saturday morning, outscoring Elgin 3-2.

“I thought it kind of went somewhat t he way t hat I thought it would,” said Coach Jeff Miller. “We’re still not in game shape, we were real fatigued, real early and a big reason for that is that so many players have to play both ways.”

Rockdale moved the ball well, especially on the ground.

“We were real methodical,” Miller said, “We moved right down the field. Our running backs (Daniel Brooks, Terral Dixon, Excell Nelson) did a good job and (quarterback Ethan) Brinkley completed two big passes.”

Tiger cornerbacks Terral Dixon (left) and Zach Garza defend against Elgin receiver A.J. Flot on a long pass play. that fell incomplete. Reporter/Bill Martin Tiger cornerbacks Terral Dixon (left) and Zach Garza defend against Elgin receiver A.J. Flot on a long pass play. that fell incomplete. Reporter/Bill Martin More than results on the scoreboard, Miller was looking at the attitude of his team.

“We wanted to see who would be aggressive and who would hit,” he said. “We liked the intensity level of the first part of the scrimmage. We need to keep that up.”

In the next two weeks, Miller is looking for improved play in the veteran offensive line and just better overall offensive execution.

Miller lauded the defensive efforts of senior linebacker Anthony Montoya, junior lineman Patrick David and senior defensive back Austin Morrow who recorded two picks.

“In Elgin’s first 15 plays, eleven went for negative yardage,” said Miller. “Now, they had a couple of big plays which we are going to have to eliminate.

8 DAYS UNTIL KICKOFF 8 DAYS UNTIL KICKOFF “There was nothing spectacular, but we are certainly not discouraged by what we saw. We got a lot off the tape to learn from.”

Trifecta

The Tigers travel to Robinson on Thursday for a three-way scrimmage with the Rockets and Lexington beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“It’s going to be a challenge,” Miller said. “We have to get ready for two different teams and have only two days to get ready.”

Robinson is no stranger to the Tigers and has fallen on hard times lately, going 6-14 in the past two seasons including 2-8 in 2009.

The Rockets—picked fifth in District 19-3A—are led by middle linebacker Phillip Hurtado (5-11, 195).

Tigers Cassius Moore, LeRaven Clark, Richard Vasquez and Casey Burrough take a breather during the scrimmage with Elgin Saturday morning where temperatures surpassed 100 degrees. Reporter/Bill Martin Tigers Cassius Moore, LeRaven Clark, Richard Vasquez and Casey Burrough take a breather during the scrimmage with Elgin Saturday morning where temperatures surpassed 100 degrees. Reporter/Bill Martin Neighbor Lexington has been tabbed the presumptive District 12-2A champions after posting a 6-5 mark last season and returning 16 starters.

The Green and Gold is led by Mr. do-it-all Chace Sherrill (5- 8, 165), who was tabbed as the district’s pre-season MVP from his strong safety position.

Junior high

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.

Junior high volleyball 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.

Aycock Appreciation

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.

TIGER TRACKS— For the first time since Joe Sanders in 2006, there will be a freshman on the varsity roster in the form of James David, the “little” brother of Logan and Derek. The current David is listed as a linebacker at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds... The Tigers have shifted over to afternoon practices from 5 to 8 p.m.

2010 TIGER SCHEDULE
Aug. 27 Austin Memorial
Sept. 3 Salado
Sept. 10 at Cameron
Sept. 17 Liberty Hill
Sept. 24 at Madisonville
Oct. 1 Open
Oct. 8 Navasota*
Oct. 15 at Smithville*
Oct. 22 LaGrange*
Oct. 29 at Giddings*
Nov. 5 Caldwell*
* District 23-3A game


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