Smithville has an awakening
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.
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.
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.
THE STARTING LINEUPS
|ROCKDALE OFFENSE||SMITHVILLE DEFENSE|
|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|
|ROCKDALE DEFENSE||SMITHVILLE OFFENSE|
|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|