A Blue Streak
The junior running back obliterated the school record for rushing yards in a game by piling up 300 in leading Big Blue to a 38-20 victory over Salado at Tiger Field Friday night.
The Tigers improve to 2-0 for the second straight season and will now run headlong into their annual date with Cameron in the 55th Battle of the Bell.
The Yoemen are also 2-0 after defeating Waco LaVega Friday.
Brooks—who also scored four touchdowns—eclipsed Emanuel Mack’s mark of 266 yards which was set in 2004 against Manor.
Brooks becomes the first runner in Rockdale history to reach the 300-yard mark.
Despite the record setting effort, it was questionable whether Brooks would even finish the game after taking a vicious hit to the stomach in the third quarter and having to be helped to the sideline where he became sick.
“He has such great vision, he is the best I’ve seen at stopping and cutting and finding his way. He’s a tough little dude.”
In just two games, the 5- foot-8, 165-pound junior who qualified for state in the 110- meter hurdles has rambled for just under 500 yards on only 32 carries.
He is averaging over 15 yards every time he touches the ball.
Miller is quick to point out that Brooks has some fairly talented wing men.
“Our offensive line is really doing a great job,” Miller said. “They are really taking a lot of pride in this running game and they have stepped up to the challenge that we were going to have to run the ball more this year.”
Of Brooks’ record-setting total, 154 of it came on two carries as he outran the Eagles (and everybody else) for scoring runs of 80 and 74 and both coming on the first play of drives.
Despite surrendering 20 points, the Big Blue defense turned in another stellar performance , allowing just 16 yards on the ground and 220 overall.
Salado (0-2) abandoned its running game for good reason and quarterback Cole Brentham went over the top 42 times and was successful on just 20 for 204 yards.
Favorite target Hunter Ward grabbed 11 of those for 130 yards, including a 50-yard strike on a flea-flicker that completely suckered the Tigers defensive backfield, who bit on the trick play.
The Eagles had under 10 plays that went for double-digit yardage.
LeRaven Clark was also a force on defense, batting down four passes at the line of scrimmage.
While the Tigers scored on nearly every possession last week against Austin Eastside Memorial, Salado was more aggressive and crossed the goal line just once in the first quarter on Terral Dixon’s 20 yard
Dixon finished with 70 yards and two touchdowns (20, 9) on 12 carries.
Dixon was also the lead blocker on Brooks’ 80-yard score.
|ON THE RUN|
|300 Daniel Brooks vs. Salado|
|2010 (20 carries, 4 TD)|
|266 Emanuel Mack vs. Manor|
|2004 (38, TD)|
|254 Jamal Williams vs. Caldwell|
|245 H. Earl Marion vs. Cameron|
|1967 (17, 4 TDS)|
|238 Cois Walker vs. Llano|
|2008 (20, 4 TDS)|
|238 Tony Brooks vs. Caldwell|
|1983 (4 TDS)|