RHS seniors leave playoff legacy

Four straight post season trips is school record

A s the suns sets on the 2010-11 school year, this RHS senior class can take pride in the footprints they have left to fill, especially on the football field.

Despite an underwhelming 5-6 overall mark, Le’Raven Clark and the boys participated in the state playoffs in all four years for the first time in school history.

On the gridiron, the Tigers were 26-19 overall and a respectable 14-7 in district play, which is what propels you into the post season. They can point to a must-win in the final game of the season against previously unbeaten and state ranked Caldwell as the biggest of their careers.

This is a class with a lot of resolve as well, having rallied to make the playoffs after standing in a 2-4 mudhole and then rallying to capture three of their last four games, including the aforementioned Caldwell game, which knocked the Hornets out of the post season.

The reticent Clark, who was voted Mr. RHS, made a case for his place as one of the Tiger greats after being named first team on the Class 3A All-State football squad after making alldistrict on both sides of the ball for the second consecutive year. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound Texas Tech signee also continued his prowess in track, qualifying in two events and collecting a bronze medal in the shot put.

Le’Raven Clark Le’Raven Clark That hardware gave him medals in the two weight events. The only other Rockdale athlete to complete that feat was the legendary T.A. Weems.

Speaking of track, the inspirational story of Jacob Gerren will not be forgotten. It took him four years, but the 5-foot-4 senior summoned up something inside him to hold off another runner to earn second place at regional and a trip to Austin.

With its best hitter out for the year with a knee injury, the Lady Tigers softball team bowed up and earned a trip to the playoffs, having to shake off Caldwell in a playoff game to get in.

The seniors on that team, made playoff trips three years in a row.

Perhaps that could be the perfect theme for this athletic year; Rockdale Resiliency.

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