Don’t be fooled by 0-4 Mustangs
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.
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’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.
• 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.
|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|
|71||LG||Sal Bishop, 6-4, 250||Sr||12||LB||Quinten McVey, 5-7, 164||Sr|
|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|
|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|
|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|