Fitzhenry happy to be in Giddings

Successful coach changed his mind about moving on

Giddings coach Derek Fitzhenry has fashioned a 71-22 record in his eight years at the helm of the Buffaloes. Lee County News Giddings coach Derek Fitzhenry has fashioned a 71-22 record in his eight years at the helm of the Buffaloes. Lee County News When it comes to making decisions on the football field, Derek Fitzhenry is usually one step ahead of the game.

But, when the Giddings coach was forced to make a decision that would have taken him and his family to a new location, he mulled over it for almost a week.

Fitzhenr y, 43, received an official offer from Pasadena ISD at the end of January and newspapers in the Pasadena area began to report that Fitzhenry had accepted the job almost immediately after it was offered to him.

Fitzhenry said that he expected to accept the new position but reconsidered after mulling the situation over and talking to his family.

“It’s been very tough to look at all the things as far as a career move,” Fitzhenry said. “But when you sit down and look at it, a career isn’t just the A’s (in the school’s classification) and the money you make; it’s the program you have.”

During a five day period of weighing his options and trying to make a decision Fitzhenry also received an out-pouring of support from members of the community and his players; both past and present.

According to Coach Fitzhenry “the most important thing he had to consider was his family”. The decision ultimately came down to the fact that he had to do what was right for them.

He has two sons still living at home, Spencer a junior at Giddings High School, and Kade, who is in fifth grade at Giddings Intermediate School.

His eldest son Brock graduated from Giddings in 2008 and is a receiver for the Texas Longhorns. Fitzhenry’s wife, Angele, is the Technology Coordinator for GISD.

During Fitzhenry’s eight years in Giddings the Buffaloes record is 71-22. He has built a program that is expected to contend year after year.

Success has become the norm for the football team and has filtered over into most of the other programs as well.

The Buffaloes—ranked No. 8 in pre-season—are coming off a commanding 67-14 v ictor y over Smithville to improve their record to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in District 23-3A.

Something’s gotta give Friday night since the game features the district’s top offense in Giddings (483 yards per game) against the best defense in Rockdale (223 yards per game).

The Buffaloes will not surprise the Tigers, employing the spread option offense they have run in Fitzhenry’s eight years at the helm.

When Rockdale and Giddings previously shared a district in 2004-2005, the Buffaloes took both meetings fairly easily, 39-6, and 26-0, with Brock Fitzhenry doing most of the damage at quarterback.

The game will be played on Giddings’ brand new Field Turf football surface in their refurbished stadium.

Quarterback Spencer Fitzhenry has attempted just six passes all season, completing four for 85 yards.

Running back Eric Rimes is seeking his third straight district MVP award, but has been limited to just 763 yards and four touchdowns this season.

The 6-foot, 205-pound Rimes, has stacked up 3,600 career yards.

In the v ictor y over Smithville, the Buffaloes accumulated 697 yards of offense—all on the ground.


• Rockdale and Giddings played in the Tigers very first football game exactly 100 years ago. In that inaugural game back in 1910, the Tigers prevailed 6-0.

• Senior safety Casey Burrough suffered a neck injury and is day-today. Senior lineman Dillan Schnerr is still struggling with a dislocated shoulder but will play.

• Junior linebacker Markus Hayes led the Tigers in tackles with 11, followed by Derek David and James David’s six each. James David is the season leader with 49 stops.

• With eight picks in the last two games, the Tigers now lead the district in interceptions with 10. Daniel Brooks leads the team with three. The Tigers are also second in fumble recoveries.

• The Tigers continue to lead the district in defense, allowing just 223 yards per outing and just 765 yards rushing on the entire season.

• The Tigers are averaging 42 yards worth of penalties a game.

• 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 all over town.

• Here is a list of the top five rushing performances in RHS history: 324 Daniel Brooks vs. LaGrange

2010 (33 carries, 5 TD) 300 Daniel Brooks vs. Salado

2010 (20, 4 TD) 269 Daniel Brooks vs. Smithville

2010 (13, 3 TD) 266 Emanuel Mack vs. Manor

2004 (38, TD) 254 Jamal Williams vs. Caldwell

2003 (29)

• Here are the top career rushers in RHS history: 3,389 Don Wesley (1975-77) 2,399 Jamal Williams (2002-03) 2,244 Kortlin White (2005-07) 2,236 Ira White (1992-93) 2,145 Tony Brooks (1982-85) 2,113 Daniel Brooks (2009-10) 2,086 Larry Jackson (1988-89) 1,944 H. Earl Marion (1966-67) THE STARTING LINEUPS

No. Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt. Class
8 QB Ethan Brinkley, 6-2, 180 So
3 RB Daniel Brooks, 5-7, 150 Jr
12 FB Richard Vasquez, 5-10, 175 Sr
7 WR J.J. Lewis, 5-9, 165 Sr
20 WR Dillon Goodman, 5-10, 135 Jr
5 TE Zach Garza, 6-0, 165 Jr
62 LT LeRaven Clark, 6-6, 250 Sr
71 LG Sal Bishop, 6-4, 250 Sr
50 C Patrick David, 6-0, 235 Jr
57 RG David Monroe, 6-1, 200 Sr
76 RT Dillan Schnerr, 6-4, 250 Sr

50 NG Patrick David, 6-0, 235 Jr
62 DL LeRaven Clark, 6-6, 250 Sr
71 DL Sal Bishop, 6-4, 250 Sr
18 LB James David, 6-2, 205 Fr
11 LB Anthony Montoya,5-10,200 Sr
34 LB Markus Hayes, 5-7, 200 So
6 LB Derek David, 6-3, 225 Jr
9 CB Austin Morrow, 5-7, 150 Sr
11 CB Terral Dixon, 5-9, 160 Jr
2 S Casey Burrough, 5-8, 160 Sr
12 S Richard Vasquez, 5-10, 175 Sr

No. Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt. Class
94 RT Devan Akin, 6-3, 215 Sr
42 NG James Thomas, 5-10, 175 So
43 LT Deon Hutchinson, 6-0, 210 Jr
30 LB Jacob Satterfield, 5-0, 165 Jr
37 LB Tyler McCoy, 5-10, 185 Jr
33 LB Brent Hass, 5-11, 195 Jr
5 LB A.J. Everett, 5-11, 200 Sr
1 CB Jacob Krchnak, 6-0, 165 Jr
29 CB Dustin Nampken, 5-10, 165 Jr
2 S Jackie Wade 6-0, 195 Jr
4 S Gary Cooper, 6-1, 180 Jr
6 QB Spencer Fitzhenry, 5-10, 160 Jr
20 FB Eric Rimes, 5-11, 200 Jr
3 HB David Bradshaw, 5-11, 205 Sr
28 HB Joseph Glenn, 5-11, 185 So
91 TE Parker Krause, 6-2, 220 Sr
85 TE Josh Gonzales, 5-11, 220 Sr
70 LT Tyler Stubblefield, 6-2, 235 Sr
72 LG Pierce Shelton, 6-3, 245 Jr
58 C D.J. Rimes, 5-11, 245 Jr
68 RG Eddie Casares, 6-3, 275 Sr
61 RT Rodney Scheider, 6-2, 260 Sr


What: Rockdale Tigers (4-4, 2-1) at Giddings Buffaloes (4-3, 2-1). Where: Buffalo Stadium (3,000 capacity, Field Turf). When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Favorite: Giddings by 20. Last week: Rockdale 51, LaGrange 37; Giddings 67, Smithville 14. Last year: Last played in 2005. Series record: Giddings leads 21- 17-1. District outlook: Giddings is pickded first in District 23-3A. Buffalo to watch: Sr. RB Eric Rimes. If you go: Take Hwy 77 into Giddings, the stadium is on the right. 34 miles. Best place to eat: Monzi’s downtown.

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