Eighth graders represent with lone victory at Madisonville

Quarterback Gunner Miller and his seventh grade teammates suffered their second straight defeat at the hands of Madisonville. 
Reporter/Cliff Dungan Quarterback Gunner Miller and his seventh grade teammates suffered their second straight defeat at the hands of Madisonville. Reporter/Cliff Dungan THURSDAY: The junior varsity and freshmen teams will combine to play the remainder of the games for the season. They will host Navasota this week with game time set for 5:30 p.m. The junior high Tigers are idle.

Rockdale’s eigth grade squad secured the only win of the junior high Thursday Tigers, taking down Madisonville 30-6.

The win moves the team to 2-4 on the season and 1- 0 in district play.

All of the Tiger points came inthefirsthalfofplay. Inthe first quarter, quarterback David Franklin hit Davion Ford on a 70-yard touchdown pass, with Ford taking in the conversion run as well.

Another Rockdale score in the first quarter had Ford scampering in from 50 yards out. Franklin connected with Josh Barker for the two point conversion pass.

In the second quarter, Franklin found paydirt from two yards out. Quentin White would run in the two points to follow.

Ford rounded out the Tiger’s points with a 35-yard run in the second.

Coaches listed standouts as Daniel Banda, Tristan Ramos, Zach Montelongo, Braden Hartley, Luke Elliston and White.

Seventh grade

The RHS seventh grade squad lost their second game in a row, falling to Madisonville 12-6.

Jacqualyn Craword had a 70-yard touchdown in the third quarter for the Tigers’ only score, his 21st touchdown of the season.

Josh Springer intercepted a pass in the Madisonville end zone and returned it 50 yards in the second quarter.

Coaches noted outstanding play from team members Angel Banda, Jason Wilson, JR Hinojosa, Rey Vega and Springer.

The seventh grade team had been undefeated on the year until losing to Taylor last week. The team is now 4-2 on the year and 0-2 in district play.

B-Team—The junior high B squad (seventh and eighth grade combined team) came up just short against Madisonville, falling 22-16 at Tigerland Stadium.

Brajon Ayala scored a 60 yard touchdown and Saul Salazar ran in a two point conversion to cut the Mustang lead to six late in the fourth quarter.

Alex Hartmen recovered an onside kick by the Tigers (1-5). Cesar Gonzales then threw a 30 yard pass to Ayala down on the six- yard line as time expired.

Ayala had a 50 yard kickoff return to set up a Salazar two yard score in the second quater. Salazar would also run in the two point conversion.

According to coaches, Elicio Espinoza, Marcos Giterrez, Marcus Rubio, Josh Tanner and Chaz Caywood had standout performances.

Junior varsity

The Tigers fell behind 36-0 at halftime and could not recover in a 42-6 loss to Madisonville.

Quarterback John David Mendoza accounted for the Tigers (0-6, 0-2) lone touchdown on a six-yard trip in the third quarter.

Standouts included kicker Mendoza (35-yard pass) Adolfo Chavira, linebacker Jon Hines and safety Lorenzo Whitfield.


Madisonville 42, Tigers JV 6
Tigers 8th 30, Madisonville 6
Madisonville 12, Tigers 7th 6
Madisonville 22, Tigers 8B/7B 16

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