Insult to injuries
Perhaps trade up for an open date.
With a sideline that resembled a combat zone aid station with the walking wounded lined up like dominoes, a physical Smithville team took full advantage of the Tigers’ misfortunes to the tune of a 27-0 shutout on homecoming evening at Tigerland Field Friday.
The Tigers dip to 2-3 on the year after their third straight loss, while Smithville improves to 3-2 after snapping a twogame skid before opening district play next week against Yoakum.
It’s just the third time the Tigers have defeated Rockdale in their 24-game series, but the second in a row after last season’s come-from-behind 21-14 win.
Rockdale was certainly out manned, with no less than a dozen injured players on the sidelines.
Three more players were hurt during the game.
“I felt like we played pretty hard for what we had on the field,” Miller said. “Smithville was so physical, they bullied us around and pushed us all over the field.”
With their starting quarterback included in the injury lineup, the Tigers waited for the big play that never came.
“Offensively we didn’t do anything real well,” said Miller. “We didn’t block very well so we didn’t have much of a running game.
“The passing game was missing, we dropped some passes, missed some passes.
“The funny thing is we needed to watch our turnovers and we only had one.”
For the first time since August 28, 2010, someone other than Brinkley lined up under center for the Tigers.
Junior Clayton Gibbs subbed for the injured starter (knee), completing 9-of-28 passes for 100 yards.
Rockdale had no semblance of a running game either, managing just 41 yards on 17 carries behind a makeshift offensive line that featured three new starters.
Using no less than seven running backs, Smithville ran for 331 yards and all seven had at least 27 yards, led by senior DaAron Jackson’s 81.
“This is exactly what we needed,” said first-year Smithville coach Wayne Childs. “To get back on the right track headed into district and do it in dominate fashion.”
Smithville spread its scoring out over the entirety of the game, crossing the goal line once in each of the four quarters.
“The kids played extremely well throughout Friday night,” said Childs. “We made big plays both offensively and defensively when we needed them. This was a big win as we start district play next Friday.”
Rockdale crossed midfield just three times, to the 49-yard line on the opening drive of the game, the 43 right before halftime.
The closest the Tigers came to putting some points on the scoreboard came at the outset of the second quarter when a 37-yard connection between Gibbs and Drevonne Walton moved the ball to the Smithville 33.
The drive stalled at the 28 and the Tigers gave the ball up on downs.
Smithville did take advantage of the one Tiger miscue when on a quick snap, Gibbs couldn’t come up with the ball and Colin Quitta pounced on it at the 22-yard line.
Three plays later, Kegan Bledsoe pushed over from the one with 11:o7 remaining in the game to make the final 27-0.
This week— Rockdale at Hillsboro Giddings at Caldwell; Austin McCallum at Navasota; Madisonville at Huntington; Taylor at LaVernia.
Last week—Smithville 27, Rockdale 0; Taylor 9, Burnet 7; Navasota 41, Fairfield 7; Madisonville 33, Diboll 0; Caldwell was idle.
TIGER SEASON LEADERS
Rushing—Brooks 56-321 3 TD, Ramey 31-103, David 1-5, Hayes 20-126 TD, Dansby 6-20, Burgess 1-4, Castilleja 2-3, Gibbs 8-(-8), Brinkley 13-(-40).
Passing—Brinkley 53-97-7, 804 yards, 6 TD; Gibbs 25-61-2, 337 yards, 3TD.
Receiving— Loth 19-277 2TD, Caffey 17-206 3TD, Gibbs 11-198 2TD, Burgess 7-90, Ramey 4-51, Baldavia 4-114 TD, Walton 4-74 TD, Ford 1-28, Dean 1-16, Brooks 1-16, Gates 1-12, David 1-10, Hayes 1-7, Burton 3-24.
Tackles— Hayes 76, David 66.
SMITH—Gray Morris 32 run (Jacob Rodriguez from Kegan Bledsoe) 8:24
SMITH—Jeremy Kadlecek 30 run (run
SMITH—Kadlecek 7 run (kick blocked)
SMITH—Bledsoe 1 run (Colin Quitta kick)
RUSHING— ROCKDALE: Brooks 6-18,
Hayes 5-14, Burgess 1-4, Castilleja 2-3,
Gibbs 3-(-1). SMITH—Jackson 13-81..
PASSING—ROCKDALE: Gibbs 9-28-0, 100
yards. SMITH: Bledsoe 3-7-1, 14 yards.
RECEIVING—ROCKDALE: Loth 1-8, Burgess 2-17, Walton 1-38, Ford 1-28, Hayes
1-7, Caffey 1-4, Burton 2-17. SMITH:
TACKLES—David 15, Hayes 13, Caffey
7, Coates 8, Ehler 7, Whitsel 5, Brooks 4.
TIGER SEASON RESULTS (2-3)
Rockdale 35, Salado 21
Rockdale 24, Burnet 17
Cameron 34, Rockdale 0
Liberty Hill 76, Rockdale 35
Smithville 27, Rockdale 0
where they play
Friday–at Hillsboro, 7:30
LADY TIGER VOLLEYBALL
Friday—College Station, (F-JV-V),
Tuesday—Navasota, (F-JV-V), 5-6-7
TIGER CROSS COUNTRY
Saturday—at Adidas McNeil Invitational, Old Settler’s Park, Round
Rock, 8 a.m.
JUNIOR HIGH FOOTBALL
Thursday—at Hillsboro (7B, 7A, 8B,
Friday—at San Saba, 7:30