Mustang loss was 2010 lowest point
The Tigers’ lackluster effort caused coaches and players alike to take stock at the halfway point in the season.
After opening the season 2-0, the loss to the Mustangs was the Tigers’ third straight and it was obvious they were in dangerous waters.
Scoring just once, Rockdale managed just 187 yards on offense and allowed Dasmine Whaley to run for a career-high 150 yards.
“We’ve got to start over,” said a frustrated Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller. “I don’t think we played real hard.”
The win was a springboard for 0-4 Madisonville which went on to win the District 20-3A title, taking five of its last six games.
The Mustangs rebounded by whipping an erratic Caldwell squad 51-0, but are coming off a 22- 6 loss to Class 2A No. 14 Crockett last Friday in which they surrendered all 22 points in the fourth quarter and 358 yards on the ground overall.
Fif t y- one of the Mustangs 81 points have come against Caldwell. They have allowed 111 points.
Madisonville has only gone to the pass 40 times this season, which is an average game for Rockdale gunslinger Ethan Brinkley.
Junior Ryan Clever beat out senior Keelan Jones at quarterback, but Jones is back under center after Clever was injured in the Coldspring loss three weeks ago.
Clever is the better passer, while Jones runs more.
Manns has a steamroller paving the way for him in Colten Long, who shifts from the line to the backfield.
L ong added 20 pounds to his frame from last season and stands 6-foot-2, 245-pounds. He has carried the ball just six times for 32 yards.
“ They have played a really tough schedule, but Madisonville gets more out of their players than anyone else around,” said Miller. “ They are a very well coached and disciplined team.
“They’re not spectacular, but will lull you to sleep and beat you up.”
• With 1,178 yards, Ethan Brinkley has become just the seventh Tiger quar terback to surpass 1,000 yards in a season and just the fourth to go over 2,000 career yards. Brinkley now has 2,003, which leaves him just 997 shy of Mark Drake’s career mark of 3,000.
• Brinkley target Cody Skubal is also moving up the charts as his 27 catches and 494 yards puts him in the top 10 in both season categories. With a minimum of six games remaining, he needs 19 receptions and 286 yards to snap those two school marks, held by Joe Sanders and P.J. Williams respectively.
• After averaging 47 yards a punt against Liberty Hill, Brinkley now leads District 23 - 3A in the category with a 40-yard average.
• Senior Dillon Goodman suffered a concussion against Liberty Hill, while junior linebacker Markus Hayes sprained an ankle. Both are day-to- day. If Goodman can’t go, junior William Dean will see his first start.
• For the first time all season, sophomore linebacker James David failed to reach double figures in tackles, but still led the Tigers with nine stops along with Markus Hayes. David has 52 tackles in four games.
• Videotape replay shows that on Brandon Corn’s 29-yard touchdown run that he was indeed down on the ground, play had stopped and the line judge was moving in to mark the ball when he hopped up and ran in for a surprise touchdown.
• District 23-3A really took it on the chin last week, with Navasota registering the lone win, over 2A Cameron. In the week before district play begins, only Rockdale and Giddings play this week. All other teams are idle. Surprising Smithville remains the only unbeaten team after its 69- 0 dismantling of Needville. THE STARTING LINEUPS
|8||QB||Ethan||Brinkley, 6-||2, 180||Jr|
|23||TB||Dailynn||Ramey, 5-||7, 165||Fr|
|7||WR||Clayton||Gibbs, 6-||0, 170||So|
|72||LG||Josh||Pelzel, 6- 6,||270||So|
|52||C||Ty Kirk,||5-9, 185||Sr|
|50||RT||Patrick||David, 6-||1, 230||Sr|
|No.||Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt.||Class|
|44||RT||Colten Long 6-2, 245||Sr|
|75||NG||Jorge Rosas, 5-10,||245||Jr|
|64||LT||Ben Bickham, 6- 0,||245||Jr|
|82||LB||Payton Lindsey, 6- 0,||175||Sr|
|30||LB||Damien Whaley, 6-1,||225||So|
|32||LB||Jessie Cuevas, 5-9,||160||Jr|
|9||LB||J.R. Gibson, 6-3, 205||Jr|
|16||S||Caleb Peveto, 5-9,||165||So|
|22||S||Grant Smith, 5-9,||165||So|
|88||CB||Brent McCloud, 5-10,||165||So|
|15||CB||Ladarius Merchant, 5-||9,||150||Jr|
|85||TE||Collin Peveto, 6-||2,||215||So|
|53||LT||Julio Camarena,||5-||10,||236 Jr|
|51||LG||Chris Le, 5-7,||195||Sr|
|65||RT||Ethridge Brooks,||6- 0,||215||Jr|
Rockdale vs. Madisonville
Madisonville leads 6-5
MADISONVILLE AT ROCKDALE
What: Rockdale Tigers (2-2) vs.
Madisonville Mustangs (1-3).
Where: Tigerland Stadium (1,850
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Favorite: Rockdale by 10.
Last week: Liberty Hill 27,
Rockdale 20; Crockett 22, Madisonville 6.
Last year: Madisonville 10-7.
Series record: Madisonville leads
District outlook: Madisonville is
picked third in District 20-3A.
Mustang to watch: No. 3, Sr. RB