Salado: No place to look but up
Proof positive is the Eagles’ surprising 41- 6 victory over Marlin on the road in the season opener last week.
Marlin is coming off a sevenwin season and its first playoff win since 2006 and had destroyed the Eagles in last season’s opener.
Part of the reason for Salado’s early season success could be attributed to the fact that the Eagles are in their second season under coach Glenn Talbott and have adjusted to his style of play and coaching.
“ You can tell they’ve had a year together,” Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller said. “They are more determined and have a lot of confidence right now.”
The Eagles lone win came in the middle of the season, a 42-21 victory over West in a non-district affair.
Two of their five district losses (Taylor, Llano) were by a total of three points.
Rockdale outlasted Salado 38- 20 last year at Tiger Field thanks to 360 yards rushing. The Tigers attempted just seven passes.
While spread offense Salado will start an inexperienced junior at quarterback in Mike Richardson, he will have a veteran cast of receivers he can count on, including Austin Silva, who grabbed 866 yards worth of receiving and 10 touchdowns last season.
Silva (5-9, 180) also starts on defense at linebacker and joins eight returning starters on that side of the ball, where the Eagles have switched to a 3-4 defense from a 50 set to take advantage of their speed.
In the win over Marlin last Friday, the Eagles rolled up 505 yards of offense as Richardson settled into his new role with 226 yards passing and two touchdowns.
And all that was before he left the game with an injury midway through the third quarter and a 33-6 lead. His status is questionable for this Friday.
Silva hauled in three passes for 127 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown catch.
The new defense allowed just 194 yards, 115 on the ground.
“They are very much improved,” said Miller. “They are really physical on defense and are going to make you look bad on some plays.
“They throw and catch the ball really well and also do a good job of running the ball.”
• The three suspended players, seniors Miguel Alonzo, Dillon Goodman and Desmond Davis will return this week. Goodman and Alonzo will start in the defensive backfield.
• Senior receiver Brandon Wright has been lost for the year with a torn ACL. Stephen Ehler is nursing a bruised arm.
• Only seven players who had previous varsity experience suited up for Friday’s game.
• While Rockdale dressed just 32 players, Abilene Wylie had 55 players on the sidelines.
• Kicker Noe Zelaya missed his only two extra point attempts Friday, both in the exact same spot, the left upright, after the Tigers’ first score.
• Sophomore linebacker James David led the Tigers in stops with 14, followed closely by fellow linebacker Markus Hayes with 13. David also picked off a pass.
• Wylie held a considerable advantage as far as time of possesion goes, holding onto the ball for 36 minutes to the Tigers’ 12. However, they ran just one more play 55 to 54.
• The Tigers played almost penalty-free football, with 10 of the 15 yards they were penalized for coming off consecutive illegal procedure calls on a kickoff.
• The two players that scored for the Tigers— Cody Skubal and James David— represented the first scores of their careers.
• In addition to starting on both sides of the ball, freshman Dailynn Ramey also averaged 24 yards on three kickoff returns.
• The Tigers have not started 0-2 in a season since 2007 when they began 0-3.
Letter to the editor
On behalf of Wylie High School and the Wylie Bulldogs I would like to thank the entire Rockdale community for the hospitality you provided for our school.
Special thanks to Coach Miller and his staff, Rockdale ISD, and all the Tiger Boosters who went out of their way to make us feel welcome.
The Rockdale Tigers showed great sportsmanship and played the game the way it is meant to be played.
Good Luck to Coach Miller and the Tigers the rest of the season. Thank you, Hugh Sandifer Athletic Director/Head Coach Abilene Wylie P. S. Next time let’s play in a cooler December!
THE STARTING LINEUPS
|No.||Pos. Player, Ht.-||Wt.||Class|
|8||QB||Ethan Brinkley, 6-||2, 180||Jr|
|10||TB||James David, 6-2,||225||So|
|22||FB||Marco Hernandez,||5-8,||190 So|
|15||WR||Cody Skubal, 6-3,||175||Sr|
|7||WR||Clayton Gibbs, 6-||0, 170||So|
|48||TE||Patric Trejo, 6-1,||205||Jr|
|57||LT||Pedro Ibares, 6-4,||220||Jr|
|72||LG||Josh Pelzel, 6- 6,||270||So|
|52||C||Ty Kirk, 5-9, 185||Sr|
|51||RG||Steph. Schneider,||6-1,||220 Sr|
|50||RT||Patrick David, 6-1,||230||Sr|
|No.||Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt.||Class|
|55||DE||David Daniel, 5-9,||175||Sr|
|79||NG||Robert Emrick, 5-11,||255||Sr|
|64||DE||Billy Golding, 5-8,||220||Jr|
|4||LB||Austin Silva, 5-9,||180||Sr|
|6||LB||Jim Wentrcek 5-10,||175||Sr|
|50||LB||Stephen Sibbett, 5-||11,||210 Jr|
|34||LB||Reece Nicholson, 5-||10,||165 Jr|
|1||CB||Cameron Wong, 5-||11,||155 Jr|
|2||CB||Joe Owens, 6- 0, 175||Sr|
|9||S||Jake Simmons, 5-10,||150 Sr|
|10||S||Ryan Simmons, 5-11||155 So|
|55||DE||Gabriel||McQuinn, 6-1,||240 Jr|
|51||DT||Steph.||Schneider, 6-1,||220 Sr|
|59||DE||Kolt.||Woolvertoon, 6-2,||220 Sr|
|10||LB||James||David, 6-2, 225||So|
|20||CB||Dillon||Goodman, 5-10,||140 Sr|
|5||CB||Zach||Garza, 6-1, 175||Sr|
|7||S||Clayton||Gibbs, 6- 0,||170||So|
|12||QB||Mike Richardson, 5-10,||160 Jr|
|5||RB||Peyton Best, 5-10, 185||Sr|
|4||WB||Austin Silva, 5-9, 180||Sr|
|9||WB||Jake Simmons, 5-10,||150 Sr|
|2||WR||Joe Owens, 6- 0, 175||Sr|
|6||WR||Jim Wentrcek, 5-10, 175||Sr|
|54||LT||Sam Barrett, 6-1, 205||Jr|
|50||LG||Stephen Sibbitt, 5-11,||210 Jr|
|53||C||Mikey Joe Sellers, 5-9,||220 Sr|
|64||RG||Billy Golding, 5-8, 220||Jr|
|57||RT||Daniel Goldman, 5-11,||235 Sr|