Skubal’s one season wonder ends in state nod
I n what was surely one of the greatest single-season performances in RHS history, Cody Skubal’s record setting year just received validation when he was named honorable mention on the Associated Press Class 3A All- State team Wednesday.
Skubal’s story is well documented— having not played football since junior high—he decided to strap on the pads for his senior year and the rest is history.
Skubal began turning heads in the summer while playing on the Tigers’ 7-on-7 team.
He caught everything quarterback Ethan Brinkley threw at him—most of the time in spectacular fashion—and that remained the status quo throughout the regular season.
Taking full advantage of an absentee Rockdale running game, and with sticky fingered finesse, the 6-foot-3 senior broke every receiving record in the books with 52 catches for 910 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder led the Tigers in tackles with 118 and also led District 23-3A with two interceptions.
Navasota quarterback Kadarius Baker was named the first-team quarterback after throwing for over 2,300 yards and 33 scores against just two picks.
Rattler defensive lineman Jake Bauer was also a firstteam choice.
Bauer’s selection seems quite odd since he was just a second team pick in District 23- 3A behind Rockdale’s Koltyn Woolverton.
Ducks on the pond?
Rockdale Athletic Director and football coach Jeff Miller said that the Rockdale-Taylor football game will be restarted next season after a two-year hiatus.
If you remember, Taylor Coach and former Duck player Rick Cobia refused to schedule Rockdale despite the fact that Miller had left a spot open on the schedule at the last redistricting in 2010.
The two teams had famously battled each other since 1953— without interruption.
That’s what forced the Tigers to pencil in Austin Eastside Memorial, which turned out to be a scheduling nightmare when the school didn’t have enough players to field a team and had to cancel their varsity season.
Miller was lucky to find a home game against Abilene Wylie.
According to Miller, Cobia— who may or may not be around next season—has agreed to play the Tigers in principle.
Miller also says the Tigers 2012-13 schedule will include the same teams as the past two seasons with the exception of Abilene Wylie, where Taylor may be plugged in.
Should Taylor fall through again, may I suggest a road trip to Llano.
I understand they have a great salad bar joint there I’d love to try.
The UIL’s bi-annual re-alignment is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 2. The deadline for schools to turn in their enrollment in Oct. 13.
It will of course be of great interest on a local level to see if
Thorndale stay put, or move up, or down.