One more look: Tigers host Robinson in final scrimmage

Passing game shines against Class 4A Elgin


Rockdale Tiger team captains for the upcoming 2011 season are Zach Garza, Stephen Schneider, Patrick David, Koltyn Woolverton and Ethan Brinkley. 
Jocelyn Lewis Photos Rockdale Tiger team captains for the upcoming 2011 season are Zach Garza, Stephen Schneider, Patrick David, Koltyn Woolverton and Ethan Brinkley. Jocelyn Lewis Photos With question marks on both sides of the ball heading into the 2011 season, suprises aren’t necessarily a good thing, but after Rockdale’s scrimmage with Elgin Saturday morning, Tiger Coach Jeff Miller welcomed the unexpected.

“We were pleasantly surprised,” Miller said. “I thought on offense that we really threw and caught the ball well and the pass protection was good.”

Attitude was also on the plus side.

“We set the tone early on both sides of the ball,” he said. “We controlled the line of scrimmage. We were really aggressive and that was a plus. We were really pleased with the progress.”

Rockdale’s first team defeated Elgin’s first team 2-1 as the second unit fell 2-0.

The Tigers are looking to punch up their running attack while increasing the passing game and are also switching their defensive scheme to a 4-3 from their former 3-4 setup.

The Tigers will have the opportunity to continue their improvement when they host Robinson in a scrimmage Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Tigerland Field.

The scrimmage will feature a battle of former Jacksboro coaches in Miller and new Robinson head man Tommy Allison.

The Rockets were 3-7 last season and are tabbed fifth in District

19-3A.

Rockdale opens the season Saturday, Aug. 27 by hosting Abilene Wylie.

TIGER TR ACKS—For the second year in a row, the Tigers will feature a freshman on the roster in running back Dailynn Ramey. The Tigers are thin in the backfield and are looking for help in the 5-foot-7, 168 pounder who was a junior high standout. Last year’s fish was James David... There are six sophomores on the list, including 6-foot-6, 270- pound Josh Pelzel... Koltyn Woolverton, who transferred from Caldwell last season, is making his first varsity appearance and was elected as one of the team captains... Receiver Cody Skubal (quadricep) and running back Markus Hayes (hamstring) sat out the Elgin scrimmage. Senior lineman Nicholas Erman suffered a concussion in the scrimmage and his status is day-to- day... Former Tiger star Le’Raven Clark has been given jersey No. 77 at Texas Tech and is listed as 6-foot-3, 289 pounds, which is three inches shorter than he was listed in high school and almsot 40 pounds heavier than this time last year.

Tickets

Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 23, anyone else wanting to purchase reserve seat season tickets may do so in the Athletic Office from 8 a.m. to noon.

Cost of season tickets will be $30 for five home games.

Junior high volleyball

Junior high volleyball equipment will be issued on Friday, August 19 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Jr. High Gym.

If you need to come later than 1 p. m., please stop by Coach Miranda Loewe’s classroom for help with equipment.


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