One Time for Old Times
Welcome to Rockdale- Cameron— back to the future.
Rockdale and Cameron have faced each other 85 times on the football field, but not under circumstances quite like this.
The Tiger defense stacked up the Yoemen offense to the tune of 73 total yards to post a 24-0 blitzing Friday night in the first annual alumni game.
Promoters caught a break from the icy weather as temperatures hovered in the mid-fifties and attracted a crowd of approximately 1,500 fans from both sides of the river.
P.J. Williams was the star of the show, picking up where most Tiger fans saw him last—running down the sidelines and headed for the end zone.
Williams ( RHS ‘95) scored twice, the first time on a perfectly timed, in stride pass from quarterback Jermaine Robertson from 27 yards out in the second quarter.
The next time, Williams turned to his speciality and returned a Cameron punt 85 yards for a score in the third quarter, dodging and leaping defenders all the way.
While Williams was playing college football at Mary Hardin- Baylor, he established an NCAA record for return yardage in a game.
“I enjoyed this very much,” Williams said. “It was fun being out there with the old guys again playing football. We’re getting up there.”
One of the oldest players in the game, Ira White (RHS ‘94), scored Rockdale’s first touchdown but had to be carted off the field in the middle of the second quarter after breaking his ankle.
Cameron featured the oldest players in the contest in Chris Vargas and Joel Corona who graduated in 1992.
Ira’s brother Larry White was the oldest Tiger, graduating in 1993.
The majority of the players participating had graduated in the past five years.
The Yoemen seldom crossed into Rockdale territory and just twice past the 30-yard line.
In addition to holding Cameron to under 100 yards of offense, Rockdale picked off four Brian Scott passes, with a pair supplied by Charles Miles (RHS ‘99) and both in the end zone.
Scott, who graduated in 2007, was a star quarterback for the Yoemen, but played wide receiver at Mary Hardin-Baylor the past few years.
Bobby Joe Tindle (RHS ‘08) capped off the Tiger scoring with as bruising 12-yard run through the heart of the Yoemen defense with 4:32 remaining to be played to make it 24-0.
The fact that they were battling arch-rival Cameron was not lost on the players.
“Oh yeah, it’s always fun when you get the opportunity to beat Cameron,” said Williams, who also played minor league baseball for years. “You want to take advantage of it.”
“It is always great to get a win against Cameron,” said lineman Willie Boyd (RHS ‘06). “ It was a lot of fun. Felt great to put the pads on and run around on Tiger Field.
“ Once the game star ted it brought back memories of those Friday nights in the past. I am already excited about next year’s game.”
“The part I enjoyed the most was looking around and seeing who all I was on the field with at the same time,” said Jason Starnes (RHS ‘03). “Guys like John Robertson and Charles Miles. I was in elemenary and junior high school when those guys were playing for Rockdale. It was a lot of fun.
“Right before kickoff, I heard more than one person say, ‘man, we’re really about to do this aren’t we.’”
All the trash taking was mostly good natured, despite the altercations.
“I know most of those guys over there and we were just joking around,” Williams said. “I’m too old for the scuffles.”
“Unfortunately things got out of hand on a couple of plays, and you hate to see that happen when there are kids in the stands,” Starnes said. “Both teams had to be reminded that we were all there to have a good time.”
There was no bell at stake tonight.
The players’ most difficult task may have been pulling on their form-fitting uniforms.
“Now that was pretty funny,” said Williams, who played some semi-pro football for a team in Killeen last season. “Some of those guys were struggling. People were telling us we looked good, but it was the jersey. It was like we had girdles on our whole bodies.”
Williams likes the concept of the game and would participate if there is another such game.
“It would depend on what shape I was in and the state of mind I was in,” he said. “It was enough fun for me to come back. I was just trying to show people I’ve still got it.”
ROCKDALE—Ira White 5 run (Pass
ROCKDALE— P.J. Williams 27 pass from
Jermaine Robertson (run failed) 4:31
ROCKDALE— P.J. Williams 85 punt
return (run failed) 6:04
ROCKDALE— Bobby Joe Tindle 12 run
(pass failed) 4:32