With the memories of a sloppy playing surface from last year’s game at Mustang Field in the back of their minds, the Rockdale Tigers continued to play like their offense was stuck in the mud.
Facing an 0-4 Madisonville squad, Rockdale managed to score just once in a 10-7 loss Friday night.
The Tigers drop to 2-3 for the first time since 2006 and have now lost three straight.
In the three setbacks, Rockdale has scored just 27 points, including just one touchdown in each of the past two games.
Friday’s loss may be the most disappointing in Jeff Miller’s five years here.
“I don’t think we played real hard,” said the Rockdale head coach. “We also didn’t execute when we had to.
“We’re so one dimensional right now and so predictable.”
“That’s back-to-back weeks the defense has done everything we have asked of them,” Miller said. “But, our offense keeps giving the opposition points. In the last two weeks, we have scored 14 points and our offense has given up 17.
“We cannot keep putting our defense in these terrible situations.”
Madisonville was playing without its two impact players on both sides of the ball, running back Ladarian Byrd and linebacker Terry Livingston.
You could hardly tell.
Dasmine Whaley—cousin to former Mustang star and current Texas Longhorn—plowed through a wore down Tiger defense for 150 yards on 24 carries.
The 5-foot-9, 200-pound bowling ball legged out 68 yards of his total the first time he touched the ball and had only one other double digit run on the evening.
On the second play of the game, he took a pitch and scrambled down the sideline for 68 yards to the Rockdale six yard line.
The Tiger defense stiffened and forced the Mustangs to settle for a 22-yard field goal by Eduardo Palacios with just three minutes gone in the game.
Defensively, Madisonville snuffed out the Tiger offense for just 176 yards and just over three yards per carry on the ground.
For the second week in a row, Rockdale leading rusher Daniel Brooks failed to reach the 100-yard mark and also to break off a signature long run.
The junior scatback did grind out 70 yards on 21 workman-like carries and put up the Tigers’ only points on a three-yard run in the second quarter to push the Tigers ahead 7-3.
Every time Brooks tried to turn the corner, there was a cornerback and a safety waiting there for the sole purpose of stopping him.
Rockdale could not turn to its passing game for relief, because the Tigers’ inexperienced stable of receivers could not come up with a timely catch.
Quarterback Ethan Brinkley completed three passes for 49 yards on 14 attempts, but again was hampered by several dropped pass or misdirected routes.
Brooks led the Tigers in receiving for the second straight week with two catches for 40 yards, including a 34-yarder to open the second half.
A blocked pooch kick on fourth down from Brinkley ended that drive at the 22-yard line when four plays later, Whaley scored for a 10-7 Madisonville advantage.
After a Madisonville interception, and a drive to the one-yard line, the Rockdale defense put on a goal line stand that stopped the Mustangs from scoring on four straight plays as the first half clock ran out.
The Tigers had one final chance to grab the lead, but after driving down to the Madisonville sevenyard line, a 10-yard loss and an incomplete pass on fourth down killed any hope of scoring with 3:23 remaining to be played.
It was their longest drive of the evening, chewing up 7:24 off the clock to move 74 yards on 13 plays, including 30 yards on two attempts from Terral Dixon who finished with 46 yards.
|Caldwell 0 0||4 0 167 25|
|Rockdale 0 0||2 3 123 81|
|Navasota 0 0||2 2 102 89|
|LaGrange 0 0||2 2 112 121|
|Giddings 0 0||2 2 130 102|
|Smithville 0 0||0 4 55 183|
|Last week—Madisonville 10, Rockdale|
|7; Caldwell, LaGrange, Navasota, Smithv|
|ille w ere a ll i dle. G iddings g||ame w ith|
|West Orange-Stark was cancelled.|
|This week—Rockdale is idle; Giddings|
|is idle;||Caldwell at Brookshire-Royal;||,|
|Bellville at LaGrange; Navasota at Whart|
|on; S mithville a t C olumbus.|
|TIGER SEASON RESULTS||(2-3)|
|Rockdale 58, Austin||Eastside 0|
|Rockdale 38, Salado||20|
|Cameron 35, Rockdale||13|
|Liberty Hill 16, Rockdale||7|
|Madisonville 10, Rockdale||7|
|Rockdale vs. Madisonville|
|Madisonville leads 6-5|
|11 First downs 11|
|38-138 Rushes-yards 43-178|
|3-15-1 Passes 4-10-0|
|49 Passing yards 38|
|187 Total offense 214|
|4-36 Punts 2-27|
|0-0 Fumbles-lost 4-2|
|4-40 Penalties-yards 4-35|
|Score by quarters|
|Rockdale 0 7 0 0— 7|
|Rockdale 3 0 7 0—10|
|MADISONVILLE—Eduardo Palacios 22|
|ROCKDALE—Daniel Brooks 3 run (Noe|
|Zelaya kick) 10:13|
|MADISONVILLE—Dasmine Whaley 3 run|
|(Palacios kick) 7:59|
|RUSHING—ROCKDALE: Dixon 10 -46,|
|Brooks 21-70 TD, Brinkley 3-8. MADISONV|
|ILLE: W haley 2 4-150 T D.|
|PASSING—ROCKDALE: Brinkley 3-14-1,|
|49 yards, Dixon 0-1-0. MADISONVILLE:|
|McVey 2-7-0, 35 yards.|
|RECEIVING—ROCKDALE: Brooks 2-40,|
|Carpenter 1-9. MADISONVILLE: Stiendle|
|TACKLES—David, D. 10, Burrough 8,|
|David, J. 7, Montoya 6, Clark 5, Morr|
|ow 4 , S chneider 2 , H ayes 3 , G arcia 3 ,|
|TIGER SEASON LEADERS|
|Rushing—Brooks 95-770 9 TD;|
|Dixon 51-304 5 TD; Palmo 12-113|
|2TD, Nelson 6-3, Carpenter 2-(-10),|
|Moore 1-(-17), Brinkley 19-(-47).|
|Passing—Brinkley 23-60-5, 243|
|yards, 3 TD; Dixon 0-1-0; Carpenter|
|Receiving—Lewis 5-93 TD, Brooks|
|8-89, Morrow 1-16, Dixon 3-22 TD,|
|Palmo 2-8, Garza 1-6, Carpenter 2-11|
|TD, White 1-(-2).|
|Tackles—David, D. 42, Hayes 33,|
|Burrough 30, David, J. 27, Bishop 17,|
|Montoya 24, Clark 23, Vasquez 17|
|Brooks 10, Morrow 22, Carpenter 10|