Jacolby Stokes bequeath Kye Hildreth who then bequeath Ian Day who bequeath Kadaruis Baker.
Like some quarterback assembly line, Navasota is never at a loss when it comes to the most important position on the roster.
In Stokes, Hildreth and Day, the Rattlers have produced the district offensive most valuable players the past three years.
All three are playing in college, not at quarterback, but as wide receivers.
(Stokes at Kilgore, Hildreth at Lamar, Day at Midwestern).
While the 4-1 Rattlers are loaded with quality athletes year-after-year, head coach Lee Fedora says there is one very specific quality that he looks for in choosing his next signal caller.
“Not only on the field, but the weight room, dressing room, meeting room, hallways and classrooms.”
“It’s just a matter of choosing the right one that can do what he wants,” said Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller. “They have a lot to choose from.”
Stokes, Hildreth and Day all played quarterback for just their senior years after playing different positions.
Baker beat out a senior for the job, however, in Jacob Malek, who has now shifted to running back.
“He was very poised and I was very pleased with him,” Fedora said after his first start at quarterback. “He’s only a junior and Jacob Malek keeps pushing him.
“I tell them every week that I don’t know who the starter’s going to be and Kadarius really put his foot on the pedal. It helps us having him back there in the quarterback position.”
This Friday’s District 23-3A district opening matchup will feature the district’s top two quarterbacks.
Baker connected on 17-of-22 passes against Wharton and is giving Rockdale’s Ethan Brinkley a run for his money in passing yards, trailing the Tiger quarterback by just five yards, 1,331 to 1,326.
Both are deadly accurate, with Baker completing 65 percent of his passes, Brinkley 62.
Also, Baker has yet to throw an interception.
His favorite receivers are Solomon McGinty (25-458, 7 TDS) and Austin Collins (24-309, 2 TDS).
Navasota uses a running game by committee, led by Howard Horn’s 297 yards.
Not surprisingly, the Rattlers lead District 23-3A in offense averaging 447 yards per game.
Defensively, Navasota leads the league in takeaways with nine fumble recoveries and five interceptions.
The Tigers are trying to snap a five-game losing streak against the R at tlers, dating back to 1986.
Navasota has outscored Rockdale 77-20 in the last two contests.
“We are going to have to do our best job of the year of defending the pass,” said Miller. “It is also really important that we control
|The||series is||tied 5-5|
THE STARTING LINEUPS
|No.||Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt.||Class|
|8||QB||Ethan Brinkley, 6-2, 180||Jr|
|23||TB||Dailynn Ramey, 5-7, 165||Fr|
|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|
|32||RE||Jake Bauer, 6-1, 203||Jr|
|68||RT||Jordan Wells, 5-9, 200||So|
|66||LT||Autra Maxey, 5-8, 217||Sr|
|52||LE||Josh Thomas, 5-9, 190||Sr|
|5||LB||Cristian Garcia 5-8, 165||Sr|
|44||LB||Will Imhoff, 6-1, 190||Jr|
|33||LB||Jaylin Minor, 5-10, 190||Jr|
|9||CB||Jamison Coles. 5-10, 165||Sr|
|8||CB||Xavier Creeks, 6- 0, 170||Jr|
|4||S||Jacob Malek, 5-11, 165||Sr|
|2||S||Austin Collins, 6- 0, 175||Sr|
|55||DE||Gabriel||McQuinn, 6-1,||240 Jr|
|51||DT||Steph.||Schneider, 6-1,||220 Sr|
|48||DE||Patric||Trejo, 6-1, 205||Jr|
|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||WR||Solomon||McGinty, 5-9,||190 Jr|
|6||WR||Austin||Baumert, 5-11,||159 Sr|
|52||RT||Josh||Thomas, 5-9, 190||Sr|
RATTLE & ROLL
2011 Kadarius Baker Passing—1,326 yards 16 TD Rushing—86 yards 3 TD
2010 Ian Day Passing—2,198 yards 25 TD Rushing— 664 10 TD
2009 Kye Hildreth Passing—1,751 yards 20 TD Rushing—1,219 yards 19 TD
2008 Jacolby Stokes Passing—2,320 yards 23 TD Rushing— 638 yards 13 TD ROCKDALE AT NAVASOTA What: Rockdale Tigers (3-2) at No. 14 Navasota Rattlers (4-1). DISTRICT 23-3A OPENER Where: Rattler Stadium (5,000 capacity, Fieldturf). When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Favorite: Navasota by 25. Last week: Rockdale was idle; Navasota def. Wharton 54- 0. Last year: Navasota 36-7 Series record: Series tied 5-5. Rattler to watch: No. 15, Jr. QB Kadarius Baker. If you go: Take 79 to Hwy 6 South in Hearne towards Bryan. In Navasota, exit left on Hwy. 90. Stadium is to the left. 70-mile trip. Best place to eat: Wrangler’s Steakhouse, next to the stadium.
TIGER SEASON LEADERS
Rushing— Ramey 68 -232 2TD, David 14-48 1 TD, Hayes 7-24, Nelson 2-5, Brinkley 21-(-1) 2 TD.
Passing— Brinkley 112-181- 6, 1,331 yards, 10 TD.
Receiving—Skubal 32-568 7 TD, Garza 21-205 1 TD, Gibbs 18-176 TD, Caffey 20-213, Goodman 9-120 1 TD, Hayes 5-41, David 1-5, Ramey 5-3, Nelson 1- 0.
Tackles—David, J. 64, Hayes 51, David 26, Woolverton 21, Estrada 24, Schneider 19, Alonzo 19, McQuinn 18, Garza 17, Hamilton 15, Gibbs 15, Caffey 14, Skubal 12.
TIGER SEASON RESULTS (3-2)
Abilene Wylie 35, Rockdale 14
Rockdale 51, Salado 42
Rockdale 11, Cameron 10
Liberty Hill 27, Rockdale 20
Rockdale 13, Madisonville 10