Smithville has an awakening

Tigers put up 41 points against ranked Caldwell

Smithville quarterback Justin Teague hopes to be back in the starting lineup Friday after suffering an injury two games ago. Glenn Heincke/Bastrop Advertiser Smithville quarterback Justin Teague hopes to be back in the starting lineup Friday after suffering an injury two games ago. Glenn Heincke/Bastrop Advertiser A funny thing happened on Barry Field Friday night.

A Smithville team that had managed just 55 points all year long, found the offensive manpower to post 41 points against a squad that had allowed just 40 in 2010.

Now, the Tigers finally succumbed to the No. 6 Hornets by the inflated score of 59-41, but it signaled an awakening of sorts.

“They’ve got 10 sophomores on the roster and six of them start,” said Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller. “We had the same situation here four years ago. They grow up and start catching on. Smithville is a scary team.”

Before Friday night, the 0-6 Tigers had been taken to the woodshed and outscored 231-55, including a 60-0 spanking at the hands of Class 2A Lexington in the season opener.

Take away the points in a 42- 41 loss to Wharton in the second week of the season and Smithville had scored just 14 points in the three previous weeks.

However, something kicked in Friday night and Smithville came close to equalling its season output.

It was still anyone’s game at the end of the first half, as the Tigers went to the locker room trailing 14-13.

However, the Tiger defense fell apart in the third quarter, allowing Caldwell to score four consecutive touchdowns in eight minutes.

The Tigers tacked on three touchdowns in the fourth quarter which was matched by Caldwell which was leading 40-20.

What makes the effort even more impressive is that the Tigers were playing without starting quarterback Justin Teague who was injured in the previous week against Wharton.

Junior wide receiver Coltyn Brown subbed for Teague.

Despite the replacement, the Tigers took to the air 31 times, with Brown completing 13 for 259 yards.

LINEMAN OF THE WEEK Patrick David graded out highest among Tiger offensive linemen against Navasota. LINEMAN OF THE WEEK Patrick David graded out highest among Tiger offensive linemen against Navasota. Caldwell did stampede past the Tigers for 525 yards on the strength of Kedrin Sheppard’s 287 yards and four touchdowns.

Tack on 80 yards worth of passing and the Tigers allowed 605 in total yardage.

Smithville allows close to 500 yards a game.

Rockdale can relate to the offensive struggles and will be looking for an awakening of their own Friday.

Rockdale has scored one single touchdown in the past three games—all losses.

Smithville has been a study in futility for the past 30 years, posting just three winning seasons in that time frame and participating in just three playoffs games.

From 2001-2004, the Tigers lost 31 straight games and have had a resurgence of sorts in the last two seasons, posting 5-5 marks. The Tigers are the only team in Class 23-3A that did not make a playoff appearance in 2009.

Since they first played in 1954, Rockdale leads the series 19-1-1, with the only loss coming in 1990.

In the last 11 times they have played, Rockdale has outscored Smithville 352-38.


• The Navasota band honored the memory of junior cheerleader Kallie Neutzler—who committed suicide Wednesday—before its halftime performance, facing the Rattler cheerleaders and fans and playing Amazing Grace. The cheerleading squad was given the game ball by head coach Lee Fedora following the game. The Rattler football players also wore “KN” stickers on their helmets.

• Tiger Discount Cards are available at the RISD athletic office, Pauline’s Tacos and Poor Boy BBQ for $10. The card is good for discounts at businesses all over town.

• In the absence of his brother Derek, freshman linebacker James David really stepped it up and led the Tigers with eight tackles. Derek David still leads the team in stops with 42 on the season, followed by James David, Casey Burrough and Markus Hayes with 35 each.

• Injuries are starting to take their toll of the Tigers, especially on defense. Two-way starter Sal Bishop suffered a high ankle sprain; Jared Carpenter, who was starting for the injured Derek David has a sprained knee and is questionable; Dillan Schnerr has a dislocated shoulder; Stephen Schneider is still nursing a high ankle sprain; Markus Hayes has a sore ankle.

• Just how rare was Rockdale’s field goal attempt Friday night—its first of the year? In Miller’s five years here, the Tigers have converted four field goals: three in his very first game as coach by Joe Johnson against Gonzales and then one by Waylon Boyd in 2008 against Cleveland. In that five-year span, the Tigers are 4-for-8 in field goals.

• Despite the four straight losses, Rockdale still possesses the stingiest defense in District 23-3A, allowing just 185 yards per game

• With 287 yards against Smithville, Caldwell’s Kedrin Sheppard finally passed Rockdale’s Daniel Brooks as the leading rusher in the district. He also surpassed the 1,000-yard mark and has scored 16 times. Brooks needs 130 yards to reach 1,000.


No. Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt. Class No. Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt. Class
8 QB Ethan Brinkley, 6-2, 180 So 84 RE Konnor Hurta, 6-1, 185 So
3 RB Daniel Brooks, 5-7, 150 Jr 54 RT Kresten Skruck, 6-3, 255 Sr
12 FB Richard Vasquez, 5-10, 175 Sr 55 LT Kegan Bledsoe, 5-10, 225 So
7 WR J.J. Lewis, 5-9, 165 Sr 70 LE Kyle Stovall, 6-2, 205 Jr
20 WR Dillon Goodman, 5-10, 135 Jr 5 LB Cody Hlavaty, 6-0, 170 Jr
5 TE Zach Garza, 6-0, 165 Jr 24 LB Ethan Paxton, 6-0, 205 Sr
62 LT LeRaven Clark, 6-6, 250 Sr 1 LB Ian Mader, 5-11, 165 Jr
57 LG David Monroe, 6-1, 200 Sr 73 LB Justin O’Donald, 5-11, 190 Jr
50 C Patrick David, 6-0, 235 Jr 34 CB Colin Quitta, 5-9, 165 So
64 RG Jose Macias, 5-10, 270 Jr 31 CB Cody Hirsch, 6-0, 170 Sr
76 RT Dillan Schnerr, 6-4, 250 Sr 15 S Ern. De La Pena, 5-11, 160 So
50 NG Patrick David, 6-0, 235 Jr 5 QB Ian Day, 6-1, 190 Sr
62 DL LeRaven Clark, 6-6, 250 Sr 36 TB Aaron Rodriguez, 5-9, 175 Sr
71 DL Sal Bishop, 6-4, 250 Sr 33 WB Jeremy Kadlecek,5-10, 165 So
18 LB James David, 6-2, 205 Fr 7 WB Dylan Hancock, 5-8, 155 Sr
11 LB Anthony Montoya,5-10,200 Sr 32 WR Keith Jaynes, 5-11, 170 Jr
34 LB Markus Hayes, 5-7, 200 So 11 WR Brandon Bookman,6-2, 195 Sr
6 LB Horacio Estrada, 5-9, 160 Jr 66 LT Tommy McDonald,5-10, 235 So
9 CB Austin Morrow, 5-7, 150 Sr 63 LG Bryce Helcamp, 6-2, 245 So
11 CB Terral Dixon, 5-9, 160 Jr 50 C Logan Kubicek, 5-9, 175 Jr
2 S Casey Burrough, 5-8, 160 Sr 71 RG Mason Morris, 6-0, 245 Jr
12 S Richard Vasquez, 5-10, 175 Sr 70 RT Kyle Stovall, 6-2, 205 Jr

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