Catch it if you can

After last year’s struggles, 7-on-7 means something


Two talented newcomers, William Dean (left) and Cody Skubal—both who haven’t played since junior high—could boost the Tiger receiving corps in 2011. 
Reporter photos/Bill Martin Two talented newcomers, William Dean (left) and Cody Skubal—both who haven’t played since junior high—could boost the Tiger receiving corps in 2011. Reporter photos/Bill Martin COLLEGE STATION—The annual participation in the 7- on-7 competition is normally just a way to keep quarterbacks and receivers sharp and keep players busy and in shape for the summer.

This summer however, it may mean more to the Rockdale team than ever before.

“As soon as the season was over, (offensive coordinator John) Kovar and I decided we had to have a 7- on-7 team,” Coach Jeff Miller said. “We had to do whatever it took to have a team this year.”

The Rockdale team opens the 13th annual 7-on-7 state tournament today at Penberthy Fields on the campus of Texas A& M by facing Sanger in pool play at Noon on Field A.

A f ter the Tigers struggled mightily last season to find someone, anyone, to catch aerials from rookie quarterback Ethan Brinkley, this year’s 7-on-7 could give Rockdale a head start in searching for ball catchers.


What—7- on-7 State Tournament, Division II (1A-3A) When—Thursday- Friday, July 14-15. Pool play begins Thursday at Noon. The top two teams from each four-team pool will advance to the championship round on Friday. Where— Penberthy Fields on the campus of Texas A& M University. Who— 64 teams who have qualified through tournaments around the state. Rockdale appearances— 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011. What—7- on-7 State Tournament, Division II (1A-3A) When—Thursday- Friday, July 14-15. Pool play begins Thursday at Noon. The top two teams from each four-team pool will advance to the championship round on Friday. Where— Penberthy Fields on the campus of Texas A& M University. Who— 64 teams who have qualified through tournaments around the state. Rockdale appearances— 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011. It’s a wonder that Brinkley didn’t become one giant ball of frustration. While he completed 71 passes in 2010, he probably had half that amount dropped or mishandled.

Still, he remained calm and turned in a pretty good year considering, with 825 yards passing and nine touchdowns.

Three of Rockdale’s top four receivers, Daniel Brooks (18 catches), J. J. Lew is (16) and Terral Dixon (11) are gone.

Three receivers return.

Miguel Alonzo, Zach Garza and Dillon Goodman hauled in a combined 20 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns.

Goodman led the trio with 12 grabs.

But help is on the way.

Two talented newcomers, William Dean and Cody Skubal could boost the Tigers receiving corps.

Neither has stepped on a football field since junior high after mainly concentrating on basketball. Skubal also played baseball, Dean ran track.

The 6-foot-3 Skubal will be a senior, while Dean is a junior.

Also, another basketball player, 6-foot-4 junior Josh Frei is going to play although he is not participating in 7-on-7.

“So far, they look like they have the opportunity to help us,” Miller said. “The downside is that we haven’t seen them in pads and how they react to game situations.”

T IGER TR ACK S—Daniel and Elijah Brooks were both in the Tiger weight room Monday morning working out with other Tiger players. Despite reports to the contrary, Brooks told Miller that it is still 50/50 that he will play in Rockdale next season after his father has taken a job with Alcoa in Port Lavaca. Daniel has stated that he would prefer to play his senior season in Tigerland...

Brooks was listed as the eighth best athlete in Central Texas by the Austin American- Statesman on its top 50 list. Cameron’s Zach Brashear was No. 2. The Yoe’s Jack Rhoades also made the list... Miller says sophomore linebacker James David has received lots of inquiries from big time schools from all over the nation and has been invited to a lot of their camps. He already attended camp at Texas. “They all see the potential in him that he could be a great one.”

Pool G

Time Teams Field
Noon—Rockdale vs. Sanger A
Somerset vs. Wylie B
2 p.m.—Rockdale vs. Somerset A
Sanger vs. Wylie B
4 p.m.—Rockdale vs. Wylie A
Sanger vs. Somerset B


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