A Blue Streak

Junior running back smashes rushing mark
BY BILL MARTIN
Reporter Sports Editor

Daniel Brooks sliced up the Salado defense for 300 yards to push the Tigers to a 2-0 mark. Reporter/Cliff Dungan Daniel Brooks sliced up the Salado defense for 300 yards to push the Tigers to a 2-0 mark. Reporter/Cliff Dungan While Rockdale is still trying to find its footing in the inception of this new season, Daniel Brooks is proving his footwork can really take him to far away places.

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.

Emanuel Mack Emanuel Mack “He is capable of doing something special every time he touches the ball,” said Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller. “He is doing a great job of making sure he stays with positive yardage plays.

“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.

At top left, Austin Morrow stretches in vain to try and snag a pass against Salado’s Shannon Ponder. At top left, Austin Morrow stretches in vain to try and snag a pass against Salado’s Shannon Ponder. “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.

At left, Excell Nelson breaks free for a short pickup in the fourth quarter. At left, Excell Nelson breaks free for a short pickup in the fourth quarter. For the second straight week, reserve linebacker Markus Hayes led the Tigers in stops with 11. Linebacker Derek David followed with 10.

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.

At top right, Casey Burrough (bottom), James David (top) and Daniel Brooks converge on Salado receiver Hunter Ward and cause the ball to pop loose. At top right, Casey Burrough (bottom), James David (top) and Daniel Brooks converge on Salado receiver Hunter Ward and cause the ball to pop loose. “We still have to continue to get better and improve,” Miller said. “When you play really good teams, you have to minimize the mistakes we are making.”

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
2003 (29)
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)


At far right, Miguel Alonzo makes it hard for Salado’s Cole Calder to come up with the ball. At far right, Miguel Alonzo makes it hard for Salado’s Cole Calder to come up with the ball.
At right, Derek David smothers Salado’s Austin Silva for one of his 10 stops on the evening. Photography by Cliff Dungan At right, Derek David smothers Salado’s Austin Silva for one of his 10 stops on the evening. Photography by Cliff Dungan


Click here for digital edition
2010-09-09 digital edition



The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


Click here to register for the 5 Kay!