2010 season was a paradox for Tiger football teamIt is extremely difficult to gauge the Rockdale football season that just came to a premature conclusion.
So from that standpoint, the season was a great success in finishing second and making a school-record fourth consecutive playoff appearance.
On the other hand, expectations are high in Coach Jeff Miller’s Tigerland and a 5-6 record coupled with a 20-19 playoff loss in a winnable game is unacceptable.
“It was a funny year,” Miller said Monday perched in his office, still stinging from the loss to Columbus. “Being picked fifth in district, we felt all along we were a lot better than that. We took it as an insult.”
The Tigers lost four of their first six games, including four straight and Miller feels like they could have won two of those— a 16-7 loss to Liberty Hill and a 10-7 setback to Madisonville.
“We did get it together to win a couple of really big games,” said Miller. “The LaGrange and Caldwell wins were huge for our program.”
Miller is quick to point out that despite the fact that he was thrown to the wolves...and Rattlers, Hornets and Yoemen as well, his sophomore quarterback Ethan Brinkley rose to the task.
“Ethan really had a great season. He did a great job of leading our team and made some big passes when we needed them.”
Inexperience at wide receiver was an albatross for the Tigers however, with busted routes and dropped passes.
“Next year we are going to have to be able to pass,” said Miller. “Because the inexperience will be in our offensive line.
“We won’t be able to get foot-to-foot and line up in the I-formation.”
Daniel Brooks will be back in the fold however and has a chance to re-write the Tiger record book, with a shot at Don Wesley’s career rushing mark and the scoring record.
“We accomplished our goal which was to make the playoffs. We felt like we could have won a couple of playoff games as well and then who knows?”
Blinka and the Hall
We have received several inquires as to why former Tiger great Stanley Blinka was not included in the recent Hall of Honor class, which featured athletes and coaches from the 1970s.
Of course Blinka (RHS ‘75)— a state discus champion who went on to play in the NFL for the New York Jets—would be a most worthy candidate for the Hall of Honor.
However, when he was informed he was being inducted into the Hall, he declined the nomination and wished to be removed from the list and the committee honored his request.
Here are the five best Rockdale football teams that did not get into the playoffs:
1. 1967—Finished second at 9-1.
2. 1985—Finished second at 8-2.
3. 1980— Finished second at 8-2.
4. 1974—Finished second at 7-3.
5. 1956—Finished second at 8-2.