Don’t be fooled by 0-4 Mustangs

Despite record, Madisonville is a dangerous team

Madisonville will count on Ladarius Byrd (7) to use his skills on both sides of the ball in 2010. Chris McGilbra/Madisonville Meteor Madisonville will count on Ladarius Byrd (7) to use his skills on both sides of the ball in 2010. Chris McGilbra/Madisonville Meteor At 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds, Ladarius Byrd seems much too slight to have the weight of the success of his team put on his shoulders.

But such is life for Madisonville’s latest star in waiting— already a defensive standout, who lined up at wide receiver last season.

“I had to lift weights, work on my lower body and get in better shape to play both sides of the ball,” Byrd said. “But, I’m glad to be a running back.”

“He’s not really that big, but he’s well put together,” said Madisonville Coach Greg Morgan. “He’s got really good speed and we didn’t want him just taking up space at receiver.”

Last year it was Brock Taylor who made the move from receiver to running back to replace the superstar Chris Whaley, who now suits up in burnt orange for the University of Texas, waiting his turn in the crowded Longhorn backfield.

Since the Whaley years when Madisonville was riding high (9- 2 in 2008), the Mustangs have fallen on hard times, going 8-11 in the last two seasons, including a 5-5 mark in 2009.

There is another Whaley on the roster, a cousin Dasmine, but he is just a sophomore and needs more seasoning.

With their loss to Crockett Friday night, the Mustangs tumbled to 0-4 on the year.

The Mustangs surrendered 27 second quarter points in their 47-24 loss.

Madisonville has struggled on offense this season, scoring just 33 points, while allowing 101.

Whaley led Madisonville with eight carries for 67 yards.

However, don’t let the winless ledger fool you. This is a dangerous game for a Rockdale team still trying to find itself.

“They’ve been beaten by four pretty good teams,” said Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller. “They do some awfully good things, but if we don’t take care of the ball better than we have, anybody can beat us.

“They’re looking at this as an opportunity to get their first win. They’re going to throw everything they have at us.”

The Tigers are travelling to Madisonville for the second year in a row due to UIL realignment and scheduling.

Last season’s game took on a strange feel on a field that appeared as if it was a pasture that was going to be planted with corn as soon as the game was over.

The No. 12 Tigers slogged their way through lethargic play and shaky footing for a 9-7 victory at Mustang Stadium.

The Tiger defense came to the rescue again, recording a safety in the fourth quarter to provide the margin of victory.

A host of Tigers, including Logan David, Justin Gadison, Derek David and Anthony Montoya, planted Madisonville quarterback Howard Harris in the end zone for a narrow 9-7 lead with 10:11 remaining to be played.

The Tigers managed only 176 yards rushing, 91 from senior Greg Chelf.

“They have spent a bunch of money renovating that field,” Miller said.

TIGER TRACKS

• Anthony Fisher started for Derek David at linebacker and David responded to the benching with a game-high 11 tackles. Senior cornerback Austin Morrow also made 11 stops. David leads the Tigers with 32 tackles on the year to Markus Hayes’ 30.

• While Rockdale features the best defense in the district, allowing just 142 yards per game, the Tigers are ahead of only Smithville in offense with 296 yards a game.

• The Tigers also lead the district in fumbles (12), but also lead in fumbles caused (11).

• Rockdale has an overwhelming edge over its opponents on the season in first downs (58-36) and rushing yardage (980-294).

• Despite his off night, Daniel Brooks still leads the district in rushing with 689 yards, over 110 better than Caldwell’s Kedrin Sheppard.

• Rockdale has won 20 of its last 25 regular season games and are 11-3 in their last 14 home games.

• The district which was tabbed as the toughest Class 3A league in the state is struggling as District 23-3A teams went 2-4 last week, with Giddings and Caldwell accounting for the victories. With its big win over Connally, Caldwell is the only unbeaten team at 4-0 and earned enough votes to be ranked No. 13 this week. Cameron held off Navasota, LaGrange fell to Sealy and Smithville sagged to 0-4 with its loss to Needville. Giddings got past Class 4A Elgin. Rockdale, Navasota, LaGrange and Giddings all sit at 2-2 on the season with one week to go before loop play begins. Rockdale and Giddings are the only 23-3A teams in action this week.

• Brownwood remains the No. 1 team in Class 3A with its 49-16 win over Stephenville and after its win Friday, Liberty Hill entered the poll tied at No. 16 with five other teams.

This report contains information from the Bryan-College Station Eagle.

THE STARTING LINEUPS
ROCKDALE OFFENSE MADISONVILLE DEFENSE
No. Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt. Class No. Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt. Class
8 QB Ethan Brinkley, 6-2, 180 So 54 RE Colton Long 6-1, 223 Jr
3 RB Daniel Brooks, 5-7, 150 Jr 78 RT Marcus Dorsey, 6-0, 330 Sr
12 FB Richard Vasquez, 5-10, 175 Sr 22 LT Dasmine Whaley, 5-9, 200 So
7 WR J.J. Lewis, 5-9, 165 Sr 65 LE Vance Brassell, 6-4, 252 Sr
20 WR Dillon Goodman, 5-10, 135 Jr 9 LB Martin Craig, 5-10, 164 Sr
6 TE Derek David, 6-3, 225 Jr 45 LB Terry Livingston, 5-10, 205 Sr
62 LT LeRaven Clark, 6-6, 250 Sr 44 LB James Turner, 6-1, 190 Sr
71 LG Sal Bishop, 6-4, 250 Sr 12 LB Quinten McVey, 5-7, 164 Sr
50 C Patrick David, 6-0, 235 Jr 8 S Adrian Smith, 5-10, 170 Jr
57 RG David Monroe, 6-1, 200 Sr 7 CB Ladarian Byrd, 6-0, 170 Sr.
76 RT Dillan Schnerr, 6-4, 250 Sr 4 CB Keelan Jones, 5-11, 175 Jr
ROCKDALE DEFENSE MADISONVILLE OFFENSE
50 NG Patrick David, 6-0, 235 Jr 11 QB Dalton McVey, 5-9, 180 Sr
62 DL LeRaven Clark, 6-6, 250 Sr 7 TB Ladarian Byrd, 5-7, 160 Sr
71 DL Sal Bishop, 6-4, 250 Sr 22 FB Dasmine Whaley, 5-9, 200 So
18 LB James David, 6-2, 205 Fr 3 Z Anthony Manns, 5-8, 170 Jr
11 LB Anthony Montoya,5-10,200 Sr 8 X Adrian Smith, 5-10, 170 Jr
34 LB Markus Hayes, 5-7, 200 So 80 TE Jamie Stiendl, 6-1, 190 Sr
6 LB Derek David, 6-3, 225 Jr 60 LT Greg Bazan, 6-3, 236 Sr
9 CB Austin Morrow, 5-7, 150 Sr 51 LG Chris Le, 6-0, 234 Jr
11 CB Terral Dixon, 5-9, 160 Jr 58 C Will Mathis, 5-11, 270 Sr
2 S Casey Burrough, 5-8, 160 Sr 54 RG Colton Long, 6-1, 203 Sr
12 S Richard Vasquez, 5-10, 175 Sr 55 RT Dillon Boyd, 5-11, 270 Sr

Rockdale vs. Madisonville
Series tied 5-5
2009 Rockdale 9-7
2008 Rockdale 54-2
2007 Madisonville 39-7
2006 Madisonville 21-10
1987 Rockdale 25-7
1986 Madisonville 26-13
1981 Madisonville 39-0
1980 Rockdale 14-7
1979 Rockdale 22-21
1978 Madisonville 31-28


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