Mid-season report card: a passing grade

With their well documented coaching and personnel changes, most football experts had the Rockdale Tigers penciled in for a long vacuous season.

While we have reached the midway point of the season already, the Tigers are alive and well, thank you very much, at 3-2 and if they could have executed a couple more plays against Liberty Hill, could be sitting 4-1.

“We’re sitting here at 3-2 and most people probably had us at 1-4,” said Miller. “Now, our goal is to win every game, but if you would have told me before the season that we would be 3-2, I would have taken it. So many people didn’t give us much of chance.”

Especially after their poor showing in the Robinson scrimmage a week before the season started, the biggest surprise for head coach Jeff Miller is his team’s attitude of resolve and confidence that has been there from play 1.

“It has been a surprise that we came out early in the year with the confidence that we had. And so much of that confidence comes from being able to move the ball like we have and that was our biggest concern coming in.


Miller Miller That can be laid at the feet of junior quarterback Ethan Brinkley who has launched his own personal attack on the Tiger record book.

And it’s not that he’s just passing a lot, it’s that he’s doing it with such poise and accuracy (62 percent and an impressive 136 quarterback rating).

“Now, Ethan is not really surprising me... it’s that we are catching it.”

Enter Cody Skubal. The 6- foot-3 basketball player who hadn’t played since junior high is also close to re-writing the Tiger record book for receiving with his sticky fingers and timely leaping ability.

Not to forget Zach Garza, Austin Caffey and Clayton Gibbs who are equally as reliable.

Miller says it may be a forced schedule change that changed the Tigers’ fortunes.

“Probably the most important thing we did was drop Austin Eastside, a team we’re going to beat. Playing a team like Abilene Wylie showed we were capable of playing with anybody and that we belonged.”

Not including the Wylie loss, every game has produced some type of drama.

“The crazy win over Salado, the emotional win over Cameron, we let one slip away at Liberty Hill,” Miller said. “I’m not so sure that we still have a little bit of the hangover from the Cameron game, it’s just takes so much out of you.”

It has certainly been an entertaining season so far.

“We have won games in so many different ways. A couple of our wins have been pure determination.

“That being said, those games we just played don’t mean anything. We just went 3-2. We need to go at least 3-2 in the second half of the season.”

The 5ive

Here are five of the best names of former football players: 1. Fair Hooker— Cleveland Brown wide receiver was one of Dandy Don Meredith’s favorites.

2. Happy Feller—Jovial Texas kicker, who’s real name was James.

3. Peanut Whitehead— At 6-foot-6, 250, Louisville tight end probably didn’t get teased much.

4. Richie Rich—North Carolina cornerback was never investigated by NCAA.

5. Sonny Sixkiller—Native American quarterback played for Washington but gained fame in The Longest Yard.


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