Eighth grade Tigers capture district title in comeback win

The Rockdale sub-varsity teams took three out of four from Caldwell to close out the season.

Trailing 14-8, the Tiger eighth grade team rallied for a 22-14 victory over the Hornets to capture the district championship.

Fol lowing Dav ion Ford’s 15-yard outburst in the first quarter, the Tigers (5-4) did not cross the goal line again until the third quarter.

David Franklin’s 13-yard run knotted the game at 14-14 heading into the final period.

The Tigers pulled out all the stops, using a flea-flicker as running back Braxton Moore took the handoff, passed back to quarterback Franklin who then found Josh Barker for a 35-yard connection and the game winning score.

According to coaches, Moore, Daniel Banda, Luke Elliston and Alex Guzman were the offensive standouts.

Turning in outstanding games on defense were Braden Hartley, Quentin White, Zach Montelongo and Jessie Vega.

Junior varsity quarterback John David Mendoza looks for running room in the Tigers’ loss to Caldwell to end the season. 
Reporter/Cliff Dungan Junior varsity quarterback John David Mendoza looks for running room in the Tigers’ loss to Caldwell to end the season. Reporter/Cliff Dungan Seventh grade

The seventh grade Tigers kept up a steady scoring pace in scorching Caldwell 50-14.

Josh Springer opened the flood gates with a 50-yard sprint in the first quarter to make it 8-0.

Touchdown machine Jaqualyn Crawford returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score to open the second quarter and also accounted for the conversion to make it 16-8 and then quickly reeled off a 43-yard run that made the score 24-8 at intermission.

Matthew Vreeland caused a fumble that Crawford pounced on that Springer turned into a 20-yard score followed by J.R. Hinojosa’s onside kick recovery that was parlayed into a 50-yard breakoff for Crawford’s third score of the game and a 38-8 lead.

Crawford ended this season with 26 touchdowns.

Rey Vega opened the fourth quarter with a five-yard burst and then Hinojosa scooped up a loose ball that had been caused by Jim Meraz and trotted 50 yards for a touchdown that made the final 50-14.

Coaches said Patrick Dean, Jason Wilson, Tyler Lehmkuhl, Dylan David, Walker Crane and Robert Whitehead turned in outstanding efforts.

RJH B team—Trailing at intermission, the junior high B team erupted for 20 points in a 26-8 season ending victory.

The Tigers (2-5) methodically drove down the field on their first score as Brajon Ayala’s 25-yard run and Dylan Kurz’ 15-yard pass to Jack Ingram allowed Kurz to dance over from the five for a score.

After a scoreless second quarter, Cesar Gonzalez pushed the Tigers ahead for good with a 28-yard run in the third quarter for a 12-8 lead.

Kurz scored for the second time from 12 yards out for a 20-8 lead.

Marcos Guiterrez closed out the scoring in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard burst.

Ingram, Zavion Burgess, Chaz Caywood, Saul Salazar, James Weller, Kevin Cloer and Julian Burks were the standouts.

Junior varsity

A late game flurry fell short as the Tiger junior varsity were tripped up by Caldwell 40-17.

Tailback Mario Buentello got the Tigers (1-9) on the scoreboard in the first quarter on a five-yard dive.

Trailing by double-digits in the final quarter, quarterback John David Mendoza tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass and Adolfo Chavira booted a 32-yard field goal.

Tailback Chase Pickett and linebacker Jon Hines stood out for the Tigers.

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