Tigers bow out in consolation round

Offense shines against the state’s best teams


Cody Skubal contorts his body to make a catch while Eden Rodriguez of Somerset surrounds him in Rockdale’s 46-34 loss in the second game of the 7-on-7 state tournament in College Station. See more photos on 2C. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Cody Skubal contorts his body to make a catch while Eden Rodriguez of Somerset surrounds him in Rockdale’s 46-34 loss in the second game of the 7-on-7 state tournament in College Station. See more photos on 2C. Reporter/Bill Martin COLLEGE STATION—When football teams get together early in the season to workout, defense is always ahead of the offense.

That wasn’t the case Thursday afternoon.

Rockdale was unsuccessful in four tries at the 14th annual 7-on- 7 state tournament at Penberthy Fields on the campus of Texas A&M University.

Gaining most of the attention on the day, was the mere presence of in-limbo star player Daniel Brooks.

Brooks— making his final appearance for Rockdale—played, but was used mainly as a safety valve on offense and caught just a few passes in the four games the team played.

He did not score once.

On a hot, but not uncomfortable afternoon, Rockdale scored enough to win, but struggled to keep opponents out of the end zone.


Pool play Sanger 45, Rockdale 33 Somerset 46, Rockdale 34 Abilene Wylie 34, Rockdale 14 Consolation Whitney 21, Rockdale 20 Pool play Sanger 45, Rockdale 33 Somerset 46, Rockdale 34 Abilene Wylie 34, Rockdale 14 Consolation Whitney 21, Rockdale 20 Several times, busted defenses allowed teams to score uncovered.

After going 0-3 in pool play, Rockdale fell to Whitney 21-10 in the first round of the consolation bracket. Whitney went on to lose to Gatesville in the finals.

In pool play, Rockdale fell to Sanger 45-33, Somerset 46-34 and Abilene Wylie 34-14 and never led in any game.

Cameron and Lexington also lost in the first round of the consolation bracket. Navasota fell in the first round of the championship bracket.

Melissa defeated Kinkaid for the Division II championship, while DeSoto was the Division I champs by defeating Houston Lamar.

Against Sanger, Cody Skubal, Brandon Wright and Austin Caffey accounted for scores after grabbing passes from Ethan Brinkley.


At the top, Cody Skubal makes one of several spectacular grabs, this one against Abilene Wylie’s Shante Brown in the end zone. Below, Stephen Ehler leans on Abilene Wylie’s Kelvin James to deflect a pass. Middle left, Austin Caffey stretches to make a catch in the end zone against Wylie’s Shante Brown. Middle right, Ethan Brinkley got plenty of reps and was sharp at quarterback in four tournament games. Above, William Dean snags an extra point pass over Colton Fuselier to pull Rockdale within seven against Somerset. 
Photography by Bill Martin At the top, Cody Skubal makes one of several spectacular grabs, this one against Abilene Wylie’s Shante Brown in the end zone. Below, Stephen Ehler leans on Abilene Wylie’s Kelvin James to deflect a pass. Middle left, Austin Caffey stretches to make a catch in the end zone against Wylie’s Shante Brown. Middle right, Ethan Brinkley got plenty of reps and was sharp at quarterback in four tournament games. Above, William Dean snags an extra point pass over Colton Fuselier to pull Rockdale within seven against Somerset. Photography by Bill Martin Rockdale fell behind 37-14 in the second half and outscored Sanger 19-8 in the late going, but ran out of time.

In the Somerset contest, Wright, Clayton Gibbs (2), Nick Gonzales and Pearce Loth all hauled in scoring strikes.

Gibbs’ sec ond touchdow n pulled Rockdale to within six, 33- 26, but they could get no closer as Colby Fuselier crossed the goal line three times.

Against Abilene Wylie, Gibbs had the lone score through the air, while William Dean picked off a pass and returned it for a touchdown.

In the Wylie contest, Rockdale fought back from a 19-0 halftime deficit with back-to-back scores to close the gap to 19-14, but then allowed Wylie to score twice and put the game out of reach.


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