Freshman team gets back on track by tagging Tigers
After losing their first game of the year last week to Navasota, the Rockdale ninth grade team got back on track with an 18-6 victory over Smithville.
The 6-1 Tigers jumped out early with two scores in the second quarter.
Hayden Offield danced over from the two for the first score, while quarterback Dillon McCartney found Derek Whitsel on a 35- yard hookup for the 12-0 lead.
Whitsel provided the Tigers with their final score after picking off a pass and returning it 25 yards.
According to coaches, Offield, Whitsel, Quondurous Ayala, Dillan Ford, Michael Boyd and Tyler Land were the standouts.
A second half comeback came up just short as the Rockdale junior varsity fell to Smithville 20-14.
Trailing 20-2 heading into the final period, quarterback Pete Heintze engineered a comeback attempt, scoring on short runs of three and two yards in the fourth quarter.
Coaches said Heintze, Ford (interception), Malcolm Espitia, Jose Abila, Kristian White and Jamar Hopkins had outstanding games for the 1-6 JV.
A two-point conversion attempt at the end of the game denied the Rockdale eighth graders a chance to tie the game in a 14-12 loss to Smithville to fall to 0-5 on the season.
Trailing 14- 0 in the second quarter, a six yard run by James Webb got the Tigers on the score- board.
Playing catchup in the fourth quarter, Andrew Perez sighted Joey Montelongo for a 30-yard scoring strike with under a minute to play to set the Tigers up with first-and-goal from the four with under a minute left to be played.
Chase Pickett pushed over from the four to pull the Tigers within two, 14-12, while the two-point conversion attempt was stopped inches short.
On defense, Montelongo, Kacey Wexler, Zach Zoeller (interception) and Bradley Breithaupt were the standouts, while Perez, Travis Morgan and David Castillo were the offensive leaders.
Despite a standout defensive effort, the Rockdale seventh graders were trimmed 24- 6 by Smithville to slip to 1-4 on the season.
Coming off a five-touchdown effort, Davion Ford provided the Tigers with their only score on a 65-yard kickoff return in the second quarter.
Coaches said Braden Hartley, Josh Barker, Tristan Ramos, Tyler Hirt, Zach Montelongo (caused fumble) and Braxton Moore were standouts.
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