Tiger passing game had it’s coming out party in Salado

BILL MARTIN

I f you are a fan of highpowered offenses, high scoring games and high drama, Salado was the place to be Friday night.

If you missed Rockdale’s 52-41 blitzkrieg over Salado, the Tigers passing game had a coming out party so to speak.

Junior quarterback Ethan Brinkley showed the poise and accuracy that everyone had expected with an impressive 29-of-39, 444 yard, 4 touchdown showing in the comefrom behind win.

And for the first time in his 12 games as a starter, Brinkley aired the ball out, completing passes of 49, 50 and 51 yards.

Consider this: of Brinkley’s 10 incompletions, two were deflected off finger tips, two were thrown away to avoid losses, one was dropped and one was intercepted.

The interception was the perfect example of Salado’s being in the right place at the right time as lineman Billy Golding stood up from a block and the ball was right there in his grasp.


Zach Garza is congraulated by Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller after a touchdown catch. Garza had 123 yards in receptions. 
Reporter/Cliff Dungan Zach Garza is congraulated by Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller after a touchdown catch. Garza had 123 yards in receptions. Reporter/Cliff Dungan “That lineman just appeared out of nowhere,” Miller said.

Miller, a blue chip quarterback in high school at Cypress Fairbanks who played at Nebraska, can’t remember a more potent performance.

“I certainly never threw for 400 yards (Cy-Fair was an option team) and I may have had a kid throw for 300 when I was at Fort Worth Northside,” he said. “And for him to do all that while throwing the ball less than 40 times, that’s how special it was.”

Brinkley has definitely found a passing partner in Cody Skubal who despite the fact that he has not put on a football uniform in four years, looks like a wiley veteran on the field.

He grabbed eight passes for a school record 198 yards with two touchdowns, including a 50-yard connection.

And despite his lanky 6-foot- 3, 175-pound frame, he can motor when he has the ball.

“He’s a competitor,” Miller says. “The thing I like about him is his toughness. He’s had a couple of little nagging injuries but he’s never missed a practice and he’s always the first one here early to get treatment so he can practice and play.”

Brinkley may have also found a wing man to Skubal in Zach Garza who snagged seven passes for 123 yards and a score.

Not to mention to sure-handidness of Dillon Goodman (5 receptions), Austin Caffey (4) and Clayton Gibbs (3).

“It’s nice to have that reliability and confidence in your offense and because of that, we feel like right now there are six or seven guys we don’t mid throwing the ball too.”

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