Time to ‘Pony up’ a win for Big Blue

0-1 Rockdale and Madisonville fighting for 18-3A survival in Friday matchup

Rockdale could see a path to the post-season with a win over Madisonville when the Tigers host the Mustangs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tiger Field.

But it’s tough to see one if RHS loses.

Rockdale and Madisonville each come into the game 0-1 in district play—Rockdale is 3-4 and Madisonville 4-3 on the year—but Friday’s game means more to Big Blue.

That’s because the Mustangs have already played district favorite, and No. 1-ranked, Navasota last week, falling 38-0.

Big Blue still has to play the Rattlers.

GROUND GAME—“You’ve got to look at our district as three teams, us, Taylor and Madisonville all fighting for second and third place,” Tiger Coach Jeff Miller said.

“We’ve already dropped our game to Taylor and if we go 0-2, with Navasota still to play, that’s a hole its going to be real tough to climb out of,” Miller said.

Junior guard Josh Pelzel graded out highest against Taylor. Junior guard Josh Pelzel graded out highest against Taylor. Madisonville is a run-oriented team that will grind out yardage with the capability of striking quickly.

“They will be a typical Madisonville team, in the I-formation almost the entire time,” Miller said. “And they’ve got excellent team speed.”

Tailback Dontae Crist gets the bulk of the carries and sophomore quarterback Donald Roundtree operates the Pony offense.

On defense the Mustangs feature a familiar name, middle linebacker Damien Whaley.

STAT BATTLE—Friday’s game will feature a battle between the top two rushers in District 18-3A.

Madisonville’s Crist leads all rushers with 943 yards on 149 carries, an average of 6.33 yards.

Tiger Elijah Brooks is second in the cumulative stats but leads Crist in yards-per carry and touchdowns.

Brooks has rushed 103 times for 691 yards. That’s a 6.71 average.

Brooks leads the district with nine touchdowns, while Crist is the runner-up with eight.

GETTING WELL—The Tigers are slowly, but surely getting healthy.

“Hayden Offield played some against Taylor,” Miller said. “Markus Hayes, a real key part of our defense, played against the Ducks but he was still hurting.”

“ We ought to get Dailynn Ramey back this week and have Dedrick Page return from a concussion,” Miller added.

That leaves Darius Ford, Kristian White and Justin Offield still on the injury list.

lineman of the week

the starting lineups

No. Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt. Class No. Pos. Player, Ht.-Wt. Class
8 QB Ethan Brinkley, 6-3, 210 Sr 65 RT Ethridge Brooks Sr
32 TB Elijah Brooks, 5-9, 200 Jr. 75 NG Jorge Rosas Sr
6 X Pearce Loth, 6-4, 175 So 9 LT J. R. Gibson Sr
33 H Austin Caffey, 6-0, 180 Jr 10 LB Eric Aceves Jr
1 Y Devante Burgess, 5-7, 150 Jr 30 LB Damien Whaley Jr
7 Z Clayton Gibbs, 6-0, 185 Jr 32 LB Jessie Cuevas Sr
57 LT Pedro Ibares, 6-4, 225 Sr 45 LB Alijah Babar Jr
72LGJoshPelzel,6-6,300 Jr8SGrantSmith Jr
59 C Pete Heintze, 6-0, 200 Jr 20 S Ladarius Merchant Sr
70 RG Michael Boyd, 6-0, 220 So 4 CB Alex Green Sr
52 RT Jarad Gerren, 5-10, 190 So 5 CB Brent McCloud Jr

55 RT Gabriel McQuinn, 6-2, 275 Sr 21 QB Donald Roundtree So
48 DT Patric Trejo, 6-2, 225 Sr 2 TB Dontae Crist Jr
32 NG Elijah Brooks, 5-9, 200 Jr 44 FB Mason Jarrell Sr
59LBPeteHeintze,6-0,200 Jr4ZAlexGreen Sr
33 LB Austin Caffey, 6-0, 180 Jr 85 Y Colin Peveto Jr
10LBJamesDavid,6-3,225 Jr3XJamesHoliday Sr
34 LB Markus Hayes, 5-10, 215 Sr 64 LT Ben Bickham Sr
88 CB Derek Whitsel, 5-11, 165 So 72 LG Brandon Kendrick Jr
5 CB Ed Dansby, 5-8, 140 So 55 C Dalton Gilbert Jr
7 S Clayton Gibbs, 6-0, 185 Jr 64 RG Ethridge Brooks Sr
11 S LaDontice Coats, 5-10, 180 Jr 53 RT Julio Camarena Jr

Rockdale vs. Madisonville
Series tied 6-6
2011 Rockdale 13-7
2010 Madisonville 10-7
2009 Rockdale 9-7
2008 Rockdale 54-2
2007 Madisonville 39-7
2006 Madisonville 21-10
1987 Rockdale 25-7
1986 Madisonville 26-13
1981 Madisonville 39-0
1980 Rockdale 14-7
1979 Rockdale 22-21
1978 Madisonville 31-28

18-3A Standings

Season District
Taylor 3410116145
Madisonville43 01185121
Caldwell 0400124303
This week—Madisonville at Rockdale;
Taylor at Caldwell; Navasota idle.
Last week—Taylor 34, Rockdale 28;
Navasota 38, Madisonville 0; Caldwell idle.


Tackles—David 15, Hayes 12,
Hernandez 10, Ehler 9, Caffey 8,
Coates 8, McQuinn 7, Dansby 7,
Trejo 4, Gibbs 4, Heintze 3, H.
Offield 2, Pelzel 2, Baldivia 1.
Sacks—Hernandez, Hayes,
Ehler, 1 each.
Fumbles recovered—Caffey,
Pelzel, 1 each.

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