Taylor ducks Tigers, Rudder makes ‘em pay

While it was well chronicled that Taylor ducked Rockdale to play Bryan Rudder Friday in order for them to pick up what they thought would be a slamdunk victory. It backfired.

Not only did the lame Ducks not pick up that victory, they were run over by the Rangers 45-7 on their home turf.

Tired of being the whipping boys of the district for the past two seasons, this group of seniors are out for some good ol’ fashioned revenge.

Rudder more than doubled the Ducks on the ground, led by quarterback Kyle Danford’s 174 yards.

Taylor—which has switched to the tried-and-true Slot-T offense—was 2-0 against Rudder.

District 23-3A went 5-1 on Friday, with the only blemish the head turning 60-0 whooping that Smithville took from Class 2A Lexington.

Rockdale had the easiest time of it, while Caldwell also posted a shutout over Bellville.

Along with the Tigers’ Daniel Brooks 192-yard effort, there were several standout performances from district players.

Former Tiger Tyler Wright scores on a 44-yard touchdown reception for Granbury Friday. Former Tiger Tyler Wright scores on a 44-yard touchdown reception for Granbury Friday. Giddings’ Eric Rines—who was the favorite to win the district’s MVP award—rolled up 184 yards in the Buffaloes’ 28-14 victory over Burnet.

Giddings ground out 450 yards rushing–without attempting a pass.

At Navasota, where they apparently have quarterbacks stockpiled in a store room somewhere, first-year starter Ian Day riddled Madisonville for 219 yards on 12-of-18 accuracy in the Rattlers’ 35-14 win over the rival Mustangs.

Lockhart limited LaGrange receiver Brandon Wilkerson to four catches for just 29 yards as the Leopards escaped with a 16-6 win against the lowly Lions.

Wright on

Former Tiger Tyler Wright had a monster game for his new squad, Granbury, in the Pirates’ 26-0 victory over Sabinal Friday night.

The 6-foot-3 Wright started at wide receiver and hauled in five passes for 146 yards, including a 44-yard score.

Wright was scheduled to become the Tigers’ starting quarterback this season, but moved with his mom and stepfather and former Tiger coach Earl Gandy to Granbury.

Granbury—which was 3-7 last season and hasn’t made a post season appearance since 1977—recorded its first season opening win Friday night since 2006.

The Pirates—1-19 in the past two seasons and coached by former Texas Longhorn baseball star Scotty Pugh—are picked last in District 7-4A which includes top 10 team Everman.

The 5ive

Having just driven to New Orleans and facing a “Midnight Train to Georgia”, here are five of the best road trip songs:

1. Kansas City—Wilbert Harrison.

2. Goin’ Back to Cali—LL Cool J.

3. Pink Cadillac—Bruce Springsteen.

4. Magic Carpet Ride—Steppenwolf.

5. Proud Mary—Ike & Tina Turner.

Also: L.A. Freeway—Jerry Jeff Walker; Running On Empty— Jackson Browne; Low Rider— War; Slow Ride—Foghat.

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