Last-second touchdown pass keeps seventh grade perfect

Gunner Miller collaborated with Jacqualyn Crawford on a 60-yard touchdown pass as time expired to lift the Rockdale seventh graders past Hillsboro 34-28 to keep them undefeated for the season.

In a back-and-forth affair, the 4-0 Tigers outlasted the Eagles in a flurry of fourth quarter scoring.

Rockdale opened the scoring after linebacker Jeffery Hinojosa scooped up a fumble which Crawford turned into a 70-yard touchdown, followed by Miller’s conversion pass to Tyler Lehmkuhl to make it 8-0.

Crawford pushed the Tigers ahead again with a 40-yard step off for a 14-8 halftime lead.

Crawford opened the second half with a 60-yard kickoff return followed again by Miller and Lehmkuhl’s conversion pass for a 22-14 lead.

In the frenzied fourth quarter, Crawford kept the Tigers in the game after following a Walker Crane block for a three-yard plunge to tie the score 28-all.

Crawford has scored 17 touchdowns so far this season.

According to coaches, Crane, Patrick Dean, Wyatt Chambers, Jiosh Springer, Robert Whitehad and Dylan David had outstanding games.


In their first outing as a unit this season, the Tiger freshmen team bounced Hillsboro 26-6.

Jonathon Ramey broke off a 49-yard touchdown run to put the Tigers up in the second quarter.

Safety Lorenzo Whitfield then swiped a Hillsboro pass and returned it 18 yards for a score and a 14-0 lead.

Quarterback Joey Montelongo danced in from three yards out in the third quarter for a 20-6 lead and in the fourth quarter, fullback Darius O’Bryant busted over from the three to make the final 26-6.

Coaches said defensive end O’Bryant, defensive tackle Kacey Wexler (fumble recovery), defensive end Travis Morgan (fumble recovery), cornerback Christian carrasco and linebacker Chase Pickett were the leaders.

Junior varsity

The Rockdale junior varsity fell to Hillsboro 25-6 and to 0-6 on the year.

Tim Mitchell accounted for the Tigers only score by hauling in a 15-yard Jon David Mendoza toss.

Defensively, Mendoza (interception), Jerry Vidal, Javier Mayberry and John Rivers (fumble recovery) were standouts.

Offensively, Mendoza and Tyler Land stood out.

Eighth grade

The Rockdale eighth graders lost to Hillsboro 22-6 as David Franklin hooked up with Brady Young on a 35-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Defensive standouts included Franklin, Quentin White (10 tackles behind the line) and Josh Barker.

Offensively, Davian Ford, Braxton Moore and Jesse Vega stood out for the Tigers (1-3).

8B—Hillsboro got 26 first half points to stand up in a 26-8 victory over the Tigers (0-4).

Brajon Ayala’s back-to-back runs of 10 and 20 yards and Dylan Kurz’ back-to-back runs of 12 and 25 yards set up Kurz’ 12-yard touchdown run.

Standouts included Cesar Gonzalez (quarterback sack), Elicio Espinoza, Jack Ingram, Marcos Rubio, Josh Tanner and Chaz Caywood


Hillsboro 25, Tigers JV 6 Tigers frosh 26, Hillsboro 6 Hillsboro 22, Tigers 8th 6 Hillsboro 26, Tigers 8B 8 Tigers 7th 34, Hillsboro 28

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