Tigers bow out in consolation round
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.
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.
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.