Texas Football sticks Tigers in fourth

Eight teams from Region III ranked in the Top 25

(Editors Note: This story was written before the news of Daniel Brooks moving.)

Being picked to finish fourth in District 23-3A by Texas Football magazine should stand as a good omen or the Rockdale Tigers.

The football bible has always had a problem figuring out the Tigers in recent issues and just last year, TF tabbed them the fifth best team in district.

Big Blue proved them wrong and finished out the season as league runners-up.

Naturally, senior-to-be Daniel Brooks is featured predominantly in the magazine and was chosen as the pre-season player of the year.

The Oklahoma pledge is on the precipice of re-writing the Tiger record book in rushing and scoring.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound speedster needs 1,025 yards to break Don Wesley’s 34-year-old career rushing mark of 3,389.


Daniel Brooks (top) will be depending heavily on lone returnee Patrick David (above) to clear the way as the Tigers try to rebuild their depleated offensive line as their top priority in 2011. 
Reporter photos/Cliff Dungan Daniel Brooks (top) will be depending heavily on lone returnee Patrick David (above) to clear the way as the Tigers try to rebuild their depleated offensive line as their top priority in 2011. Reporter photos/Cliff Dungan He also needs just five touchdowns to break Blade Bassler’s record for career touchdowns (35).

Brooks will have to introduce himself to a brand new offensive line, with the exception of Patrick David, the lone returning starter at center.

The Tigers also possess a budding star in linebacker James David, who started as a freshman last season and is gaining attention from national programs.

While rated the toughest district in the state in 2010, old 23- 3A will be on the outside looking in this time around.

As far as being in the toughest region around, that’s another story.

Only two teams managed a winning record in District 23- 3A in 2010 and one of them (Caldwell) didn’t even make the playoffs.


Sophomore linebacker James David is already gaining attention from national programs after starting on the varsity last year. Sophomore linebacker James David is already gaining attention from national programs after starting on the varsity last year. District champion Navasota is expected to defend its crown and is ranked No. 14 in the state. Second place Giddings is rated a dark horse.

Time will tell if the Buffaloes can continue the unparalleled success of departed coach Derek Fitzhenry (Longview Pine Tree) under new man Chris Jones.

Giddings (29 lettermen) and Navasota (26) certainly have the most experience coming back.

Rockdale is the least experienced team in the entire district, with just seven starters back in the fold.

Caldwell will also feature a new skipper in former assistant Chance Locklear who replaced Dale Williams who left to become be checking the team psyche after going 8-0, being ranked in the top 10, only to lose the last two games and totally miss the playoffs.


The 52nd edition of Texas Football features the Gray brothers, who have deeply impacted the programs they play for. The 52nd edition of Texas Football features the Gray brothers, who have deeply impacted the programs they play for. Rockdale opponent Liberty Hill (Sept. 16) is ranked No. 23.

Looking down the playoff trail, Region III features eight teams in the top 25, led by Coldspring at No. 4, Carthage at No. 6 and West Orange-Stark at No. 7.

Statewide, Tyler Chapel Hill is the pre-season No. 1.

Thorndale

With Monday’s sudden resignation of Kade Burns, the fate of the Thorndale Bulldogs is up in the air.

The Bulldogs have employed the Wing-T the last two seasons, so it will be up to the new coach if he wants to continue that smashup offense at this late date.

Thorndale lost a talented senior class, but it does that most every year.

Two-year starter at quarterback Paxton Jordan is gone as is All- State defensive back and wide receiver Josh Ware.

TF sees the Bulldogs missing the playoffs again in fourth place in District 12-2A with 13 lettermen and 12 starters back.

Milano

Despite the fact that Milano has lost record-setting quarterback Thomas Sanders to graduation, Texas Football says the Eagles will be good enough to finish second in 13A behind defending champ and No. 7 ranked Burton.

Sanders little brother Toby is expected to fill in for older brother and join 16 returning lettermen and 13 starters.

Big things are expected from big man John Jentsch, who at 6- foot-3, 225 pounds, is the key cog on both sides of the Eagles’ line.

Cameron

C ameron is a not her tea m where TF has a lot of faith in their underclassmen after the Yoemen lost 18 starters off a state finalist team.

Still, the Yoe are ranked No. 5 in the state and are slated to defend their District 12-2A crown.

A mong t he huge quest ion marks is replacing All-State quarterback Jack Rhoades.

On offense, receiver Decrick Westbrook will be their top threat to move the ball downfield, while on defense, Edgar Luna is a pillar of consistency.

Lexington

After a state championship game appearance last season, the Eagles are surprisingly ranked No. 5 in the state with only six starters back in the fold and just one on defense.

Quarterback Kogan Garrett will lead the Eagles’ resurgence with his main hookup Josh Murray to rise to the top of District 12-2A and defend their title.

DISTRICT 23-3A

Here’s how Texas Football sees
the District 23-3A race shaking
out in 2011:
Team Last year
1. Navasota 10-3
2. Giddings 5-5
3. LaGrange 5- 6
4. Rockdale 5- 6
5. Caldwell 8-2
6. Smithville 0-10

Take a look at how Cameron, Thorndale and Milano are expected to do on page 2C.

2011 TIGER SCHEDULE

Aug. 26 at Austin Memorial
Sept. 2 at Salado
Sept. 9 Cameron
Sept. 16 at Liberty Hill
Sept. 23 Madisonville
Sept. 30 Open
Oct. 7 at Navasota*
Oct. 14 Smithville*
Oct. 21 at LaGrange*
Oct. 28 Giddings*
Nov. 4 at Caldwell*
* District 23-3A game


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