Despite the difference of a century that separates them from that seminal team, the Buffaloes still have no use for the play that changed the game.
Trying the airwaves just once, Giddings grounded out 550 yards rushing in handing the Tigers a 50-13 defeat at Buffalo Stadium on the season’s first crisp evening of the year.
Rockdale dips to 4-5 on the season and 2-2 in District 23-3A, but can still reach the playoffs against Caldwell (8-1, 3-1) Friday at Tiger Field.
Giddings improves to 5-3 and 3-1 with their fourth straight win over the Tigers.
Navasota (7-2, 4-0) clinched at least a tie for first with its 57-14 victory over last place Smithville.
“Giddings is playing really good football right now. They were doing things we weren’t ready for.”
Most of that entailed streaking down the field and into the end zone.
Playing without their leading rusher and two-time district most valuable player Eric Rimes, who was injured on the first play of the game and did not return, the Buffaloes simply plugged someone else into his slot and carried on.
Sophomore Joseph Glenn took the opportunity for more touches and slipped by the previously stout Tiger defense for 249 yards and three touchdowns on just 17 carries.
Another sophomore, Deon Hickey, notched 135 yards and two scores on 12 carries, while quarterback Spencer Fitzhenry chipped in 97 yards and two touchdowns on 13 totes.
Fitzhenry was one-for-one in the passing department for 11 yards on a pass in the first quarter. It was his fifth completion of the season.
Giddings averaged 12 yards per carry on the evening and accumulated the second largest rushing total in the Jeff Miller era, behind Liberty Hill’s 574 output in 2006.
Rockdale also prov ided the Buffaloes with six turn- overs—three fumbles and three interceptions.
The Tigers dependable running attack was absent Friday as the Buffaloes bottled up Daniel Brooks for 44 yards on 17 carries.
At one point, Brooks had the 56 yards he needed to snap the RHS single-season record of 1,500 rushing, but 10 negativeyard efforts, pushed him back down the charts and leaves him 12 short.
Four of his first five carries went for minus-11 yards.
Terral Dixon carried the ball just four times for five yards and the Tigers finished with just 70 yards on 30 attempts.
Dixon injured his knee late in the game and will probably miss Friday’s game and as a senior, may have played his last game as a Tiger.
The Tigers tried to adjust by turning to their seldom-used passing game, and the result was sophomore Ethan Brinkley turned in career highs in all departments, connecting on 15- of-31 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown.
Despite allowing 561 yards of offense, the Tiger defensive unit kept the Buffaloes out of the end zone in the early going, but the offense stalled.
Giddings scored just once on its first four possessions when Glenn found a seam on the left side on the Buffaloes second possession and scooted 53 yards down the sideline with 7 minutes, 31 seconds left in the first half.
The Tigers held Giddings on fourth down on its next two possessions at the Rockdale 23 and 20 yard lines.
In between, Brooks scored his 17th touchdown of the season from 15 yards out, but a missed extra point left the score 7-6 with 9:41 left in the first half.
The Tigers drove 77 yards on 12 plays to burn 5:05 off the clock.
However, Giddings scored on seven straight possessions, using six Rockdale turnovers to post 40 unanswered points.
The Tigers interrupted the onslaught when Miguel Alonzo hauled in a seven-yard scoring pass from Brinkley after a 14- play, 65-yard drive with 8:50 remaining to be played.
It was Alonzo’s first catch of the year.
Last week—Giddings 50, Rockdale 13; Navasota 57, Smithville 14; Caldwell 48, LaGrange 41.
This week—Caldwell at Rockdale; Giddings at Navasota; Smithville at LaGrange.
TIGER SEASON RESULTS (4-5)
Rockdale 58, Austin Eastside 0 Rockdale 38, Salado 20 Cameron 35, Rockdale 13 Liberty Hill 16, Rockdale 7 Madisonville 10, Rockdale 7 Navasota 36, Rockdale 7 Rockdale 48, Smithville 7 Rockdale 51, LaGrange 37 Giddings 50, Rockdale 13 Caldwell
|Rockdale vs. Caldwell|
|(Rockdale leads series 28-26-1)|
|Score by quarters|
First quarter GIDDINGS—Joseph Glenn 53 run (Michael Rangel kick) 7:31
Second quarter ROCKDALE—Daniel Brooks 15 run (kick failed) 9:41 GIDDINGS—Spencer Fitzhenry 6 run (kick failed) 5:02 GIDDINGS—Glenn 40 run (Glenn run) 4:42 GIDDINGS—Fitzhenry 1 run (kick failed) 1:18
Third quarter GIDDINGS—Deon Hickey 12 run (Rangel kick) 10:02 GIDDINGS—Glenn 2 run (Rangel kick) 4:57 GIDDINGS—Hickey 23 run (kick failed) 2:00
Fourth quarter ROCKDALE—Miguel Alonzo 7 pass from Ethan Brinkley (Noe Zelaya kick) 4:52
The Leaders RUSHING—ROCKDALE: Brooks 17-44 TD, Palmo 9-31, Dixon 4-5, Brinkley 1-0. GIDDINGS: Glenn 17-249. PASSING—ROCKDALE: Brinkley, 15-31- 3, 163 yards TD. GIDDINGS: Fitzhenry 1-1-0, 11 yards. RECEIVING—ROCKDALE: Lewis 5-52, Goodman 4-32, Brooks 3-6, Garza 2-66, Alonzo 1-7. GIDDINGS: Ellison 1-11. TACKLES—David, D. 12, Morrow 7, hayes 6, Clark 6, Dixon 6, David, J., Montoya 4, Vasquez 4.
TIGER SEASON LEADERS
Rushing—Brooks 183-1,488 17 TD; Dixon 84 - 544 9 TD; Palmo 36-200 2 TD, Nelson 7-3, Burrough 2-1, Carpenter 3-(-7), Moore 1-(-17), Moore 2-(-17), Brinkley 31-(-69).
Passing—Brinkley 61-144-9, 698 yards, 7 TD; Dixon 0-1-0; Carpenter 0-2-0.
Receiving—Brooks 17-131, Dixon 10 -147 3 TD, Lewis 12-166 TD, Goodman 10 -98 TD, Palmo 2- 8, Garza 6-121, Carpenter 2-11 TD, Morrow 1-16, Alonzo 1-7 TD, Palmo 1-3, White 1-(-2).
Tackles—David, D. 60, David, J. 53, Burrough 47, Hayes 52, Montoya 42, Clark 45, Morrow 41, Vasquez 33, Bishop 27, Schneider 22, Kirk 21, Garcia 18, Brooks 16, Carpenter 14, David, P. 16, Dixon 18, Estrada 10, Fisher 7.