Brooks & D(ix)unn
Friday night, they were equally as judicious with the scoring.
Daniel Brooks and Terral Dixon combined to score six touchdowns as Rockdale put a halt to a four-game losing streak with a 48-7 smackdown of Smithville Friday night at venerable Barry Field.
Big Blue improves to 3-4 on the season and 1-1 in District 23-3A action and has handled the Tigers 20 of the 22 times they have faced, including 15 straight.
Smithville dipped to 0-7 and 0-2.
“Obviously, this is hands down the best overall game we have played,” said Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller. “It was a lot of fun.”
Especially for Brooks and Dixon.
In the Tigers’ victory over Salado in the second game of the season, Brooks smashed Emanuel Mack’s previous school record of 266 with 300 yards.
With his outburst, Brooks has now cracked the 1,000-yard mark for the season with 1,131 yards.
For his career, Brooks has run for 1,800 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Jama l Williams holds t he school season record with 1,500 yards and w ith three games remaining, Brooks certainly has a shot at that.
Brooks scored on runs of 13, 76 and 82 yards.
For Dixon, it was his play at receiver that did the most damage, hauling in three passes and turning two of them into scores.
The senior picked up 70 yards on the ground and another score not to mention nabbing two interceptions on the other side of the line of scrimmage.
The benefactor of the sticky hands was quarterback Ethan Brinkley, who in turn had his best night of the season, as the sophomore connected on 11-of-17 passes for 130 yards and three touchdown passes.
“For sure Ethan has played much better than his statistics would indicate,” Miller said. “He has thrown only five or six bad balls all year. If he was getting the help he deserves, he’s throwing catchable balls and tonight proves it.”
The 48 points scored is more than the last four games combined when the Tigers managed just 34 points, including just seven in the past three outings.
Frustration began setting in for the Smithville players as they were f lagged for six unsportsmanlike penalty calls.
After Brooks scored on an 82- yard run in the third quarter to make the score 34-7, Smithville’s Bobby Rodriguez hit Brooks from behind in the back of the end zone well after the play was concluded, which enraged Rockdale coaches who charged the field.
As a matter of fact, the officials kept themselves busy all evening throwing 226 yards (Rockdale 16-for-120) worth of penalty flags.
“I was proud of the way we handled that,” Miller said. “Despite the unsportsmanlike play of Smithville, we took our frustrations out during the play. That’s real encouraging.”
Defensively, the district’s best haunted Smithville for six turnovers including five interceptions.
“Defensively we played lights out against the pass and run,” said Miller. “And, we had some kids who haven’t had significant playing time get out there and play hard.”