THE CENTER OF ATTENTION
Patrick David may have gone unnoticed by the average high school football fan in 2010, but when it came time for district coaches to acknowledge the best of the best, he was the center of attention, so to speak.
The 6-foot, 230-pounder pushed and shoved his way into a spot on the front line of the 23-3A All- District team alongside a first-team All-State teammate in Le’Raven Clark, who now suits up for Texas Tech.
“There wasn’t any other choice for them to make,” says his coach Jeff Miller of his fellow district coaches. “He was the best center and one of the best linemen in the district.
“Kids like that don’t go unnoticed.”
The senior will probably not be able to slide under the radar this season as the only Tiger linemen coming back after graduation depleted the crew.
David joins quarterback Ethan Brinkley and receivers Zach Garza and Dillon Goodman as the other experienced hands on offense.
The quintet formed what could arguably be described as the largest line in RHS history, averaging 242 pounds across the offensive front.
“If you have just one lineman coming back, you want it to be your center and we’re lucky with Patrick in that respect,” Miller said. “We’ll need to rely on him more than ever this year and he’ll be up to it.”
Did we mention that David also starts at noseguard on defense? And that this is his third year as a starter? Well, now you know.
The key to David’s longevity is that he continues to improve.
“When he first started for us as a sophomore, he wasn’t very strong, he was just a very athletic kid,” said Miller. “He’s turned into an animal, but on the other hand, he is so smooth and effortless in what he does.” There may be something to David’s not being noticed too much—and that’s a good thing.
His importance to the 2011 season is undeniable. He is a quiet kid, but plays an important vocal role on the team.
“He makes all the offensive line calls and he is a genius when it comes to doing that,” Miller says. “He is smarter than us and already knows what to do.
“He’s our coach on the field. You can’t believe the responsibilities that he has.
“Like all kids like him that have success, he has a great work ethic and he works hard. He’s not as big as most linemen and he has to work his tail off to stay at 230 pounds.
“I say that and then he can go out and shoot even par, he’s just that athletic.”
Oh yeah, the golf thing. There aren’t a whole lot of interior lineman around who can claim they have been to the state golf tournament—twice.
Well, not that you’d notice.
Equipment will be issued at the field house on Monday, Aug. 1, beginning at 7 a.m. sharp.
That will be followed by the first day of practice which is set to begin at 8 a.m. and continue until noon.
Beginning the next day, Tuesday, Aug. 2, practice will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. until noon.
The practice of Aug. 6 will mark the Tigers’ first practice in full pads.
While the opening day of the regular season is Friday, Aug. 26, (if an opponent can be found), Rockdale has a couple of scrimmages set up before then.
The Tigers go to Elgin on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. for their first scrimmage and then on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. will host a three-way scrimmage with Robinson and Lexington.
The annual “Meet the Tigers” social and cake auction will take place Monday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. in Tiger Gymnasium.
Volleyball is set to start on Aug. 1 as well.
All participants must bring their own T-shirt and shorts for the first few days.
Workouts will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. and 11 to 1 p.m. This schedule will continue through Aug. 6.
Third-year coach Jason Williams encourages everyone to arrive 15 minutes early.
A high school volleyball parents meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. at the high school gym.
The Lady Tigers will scrimmage on Aug. 6 against Luling and then open the season by traveling to Granger on Tuesday, Aug.9fora5p.m.match.
Advanced reserved seat football tickets for previous season ticket holders will be sold at the athletic office on Aug. 2-4 and Aug. 9-11 from 9 a.m. to noon.
If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for tickets, please call the athletic office at 430-6150 between 8 a.m. and noon.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 22, anyone else wanting to purchase reserve seat season tickets may do so in the athletic office from 8 a.m. to noon.
The cost of season tickets will be $24 for four home games.
According to head coach Jeff Miller, picture day/press day for RHS football and athletic trainers has been set for Saturday, Aug. 6 beginning at 8 a.m. at Tiger Field.