Is Smithville the real deal?

Upstart Tigers off to best start in 40 years


The Smithville defense has allowed just 57 points in 2011. The Smithville defense has allowed just 57 points in 2011. Off to their first 5- 0 start since 1971, greater than any opponent, the Smithville Tigers have a ton of history stacked up against them as they move towards a rare winning season.

But for a team that hasn’t had a successful ledger since a 5-4 showing in 1999 and has had just 23 wins since, you’ll have to excuse the Tigers if they enjoy the moment.

“ This is the most depth we have had since I’ve been here,” said Smithville Coach Justin Wiley who is 15-27 at Smithville. “ The difference in what a kid does as a junior than as a sophomore is tremendous.”

Par t of the reason for the Tigers surge is they returned 19 starters—nine on offense and 10 on defense—this year, which is the most for any team in District 23-3A.

“They have been thinking that this was going to be a good year for the past three years,” said Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller. “The scariest thing about them right now is that they are a confident team.”

However, before Smithville starts getting blisters patting itself on the back, consider this: the five teams they have beaten have a combined record of 9-25 and only one, Class 2A Lexington, has a winning record at 4-2.

Smithville has been a study in futility for the past 30 years, posting just three winning seasons in that time frame and participating in just three playoff games.

From 2001-2004, the Tigers lost 31 straight games and had a resurgence of sorts in 2009 and 2010, posting 5-5 marks.

However, they slipped back into the darkened depths of losing a year ago with an 0-10 mark.

The Tigers are the only team in Class 23-3A that has not made a playoff appearance in the past two seasons.

Since they first played in 1954, Rockdale leads the series 20-1- 1, with the only loss coming in 1990.

In the last 12 times they have played, Rockdale has outscored Smithville 400-45.

A loss to Smithville would be a serious setback for Rockdale’s playoff plans as Smithville is one of the District 23-3A teams they need to beat along with LaGrange and Caldwell.

Wiley sees the success in other Smithville sports rubbing off on the football team

The Tiger baseball team made the playoffs for the first time in school history and the boys basketball team went two rounds in the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

“A lot of the same kids that played basketball and baseball last year are on our football team,” he said. “Most of them are young, and with young kids when they see success, it stays with them.”

Smithville is second only to Navasota in district in putting points on the scoreboard and total offense as well.

They favor the run and ball control and quarterback Coltyn Brown has thrown for just 433 yards.

“This game gets into where we match up a little better,” Miller said of the opponent Tigers. “But we’re still going to have to be able to throw.

“Both options should be there for us, but we need to establish the passing game early.”

THE STARTING LINEUPS

ROCKDALE OFFENSE

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

ROCKDALE DEFENSE

55 DE Gabriel McQuinn, 6-1, 240 Jr
50 DT Patrick David, 6-1, 230 Sr
51 DT Steph. Schneider, 6-1, 220 Sr
48 DE Patric Trejo, 6-1, 205 Jr
23 LB Dailynn Ramey, 5-7, 168 Fr
10 LB James David, 6-2, 225 So
34 LB Markus Hayes, 5-9, 208 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
4 S Miguel Alonzo, 5-10, 165 Sr

SMITHVILLE DEFENSE

No. Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt. Class
11 RE Konnor Hurta, 6-1, 205 Jr
60 RT Mason Morris, 6-2, 275 Sr
55 LT Kegan Bledsoe, 5-10, 225 Jr
88 LE Jeremy Mowdy, 6-2, 180 Sr
41 LB Denton Cooper, 5-10, 180 Jr
33 LB Bryce Helmcamp, 6-2, 240 Jr
36 LB Jeremy Kedlecek, 5-10, 170 Jr
5 S Cody Hlavaty, 6- 0, 190 Sr
6 CB Jimmie Gonzales, 6- 0, 170 Jr
10 CB Justin Teague, 5-10, 155 Sr
25 S Khalil McCathern, 6-3, 180 So

SMITHVILLE OFFENSE

12 QB Coltyn Brown, 6-2, 190 Sr
23 TB DaAaron Jackson, 5-9, 190 Jr
36 FB Jeremy Kadlecek,5-10, 170 So
32 X Keith Jaynes, 6- 0, 160 Sr
10 Z Justin Teague, 5-10, 155 Sr
33 TE Bryce Helmcamp, 6-2, 240 Jr
66 LT Tom McDonald, 5-10, 220 Jr
77 LG Adrian James, 5-10, 230 Jr
50 C Logan Kubicek, 5-7, 180 Sr
71 RG Mason Morris, 6-2, 275 Sr
70 RT Kyle Stovall, 6-3, 200 Sr

Rockdale vs. Smithville
Rockdale leads 20-1-1
2010 Rockdale 48-7
2005 Rockdale 27- 0
2004 Rockdale 41- 0
2003 Rockdale 18- 6
2002 Rockdale 62- 0
2001 Rockdale 20-7
2000 Rockdale 37- 6
1999 Rockdale 9- 0
1998 Rockdale* 14- 0
1998 Rockdale 31-7
1997 Rockdale 40- 0
1996 Rockdale 28- 6
1995 Rockdale 52- 6
1994 Rockdale 45-12
1991 Rockdale 25-13
1990 Smithville 28- 6
1989 Rockdale 10-7
1988 Rockdale 32-14
1985 Rockdale 50- 0
1984 Rockdale 35- 6
1955 Tie 6- 6
1954 Rockdale 44-7
* Playoffs

SMITHVILLE AT ROCKDALE

What: Rockdale Tigers (3-3, 0-1)
vs. Smithville Tigers (5-0, 1-0),
HOMECOMING
Where: Tigerland Field (1,850
capacity, grass).
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Favorite: Smithville by 8.
Last week: Navasota 53,
Rockdale 14; Smithville 46,
Caldwell 7.
Last year: Rockdale won 48-7.
Series record: Rockdale leads
20-1-1.
District outlook: Smithville is
picked 6th in District 23-3A.
Tiger to watch: No. 12, Sr. QB
Coltyn Brown
Tickets: General admission: $6

















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