Where has all the defense gone? Long time passing

BILL MARTIN

While University of Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz just took one for the team (read: Mac Brown) after yet another pathetic defensive performance, it’s a wonder in this day and age that all defensive coordinators don’t live in a RV with a U-Haul trailer attached to it.

I look in amazement at how Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett is still employed in Waco. The Bears regularly hand out 500 yards and 50 points a game. Then, he gloated last year that the Bears could beat Alabama. Huh?

They lost 70-63 to West Virginia.

The old adage, “the best offense is a good defense” has become all blurry and confusing.

Just take a look at last weekend’s area high school contests and you have to wonder where has all the defense gone.

Exhibit A: Salado-Lorena fans were expecting a football game and a basketball game broke out.

Lorena outlasted Salado 75-67—and no, this was a not an overtime game—it was played in real time.

And yes, this is the same Salado your Rockdale Tigers thumped last week, 47-21.

Salado quarterback McLane Carter was 35-of-56 for 613 yards with eight touchdowns. The Eagles accrued 696 total yards.

All hail new Rockdale defensive coordinator Mike Dunn who limited Carter to 187 yards in the opener. He had that on his first series against Lorena.

Lorena countered with bulldozer quarterback Harris Coleman the old fashioned way: they shoved the ball down Salado’s throat to the tune of 611 yards of turf, with Coleman leading the way with 286 yards and three scores.

The Leopards scored 10 touchdowns, all on the ground.

Talk about you battle of wills.

Tiger fans will remember the hunky Coleman, he led Lorena to a come-from-behind victory over Rockdale in bi-district last season. The Tigers limited him to 194 yards rushing.

Elsewhere, Copperas Cove whacked Waco 70-24, Westlake topped Temple 45-41, Troy tripped up West 57-34, Round Rock Stony Point bashed Belton 56-46, Luling looped Altair Rice 63-46, Marble Fall smashed future Rockdale opponent Smithville 69-25

None of those games, by the way, were overtime affairs.

And this just in, Abbott mangled Milford 96-50. Just kidding, it’s 6-man.

Statewide, there were over three dozen games in which the winner scored at least 50 points.

The Tigers participated in one of these runaway games last season when they fell to Liberty Hill 76-35.

Rockdale coach Jeff Miller says a large part of the trend is the athleticism of the modern day quarterback.

“It’s all about the quarterback,” said Miller, who was a multi-purpose signal caller himself in high school and went on to play at Nebraska. “You can’t bind the quarterback up any more, especially is he’s adept at throwing the ball.”

Under coach Mike Spradlin, Temple has lost a game to Georgetown 62-51 and then turned around and won a game 63-56 against Killeen.

He doesn’t mind the video games, as long as the outcome is mostly favorable.

“It’s fun football, by the way,” he told the Temple Daily Telegram. “If you asks kids, they like to play in stiff like that. Why wouldn’t you like it? It’s fast break football.”

The 5ive

Here are the five highest
scoring games in Rockdale
history:
1. 103-0 Rosebud, 1927
2. 68-0 Lockhart, 1975
3. 68-0 Thorndale, 1921
4. 61-0 Copperas Cove, 1975
5. 60-6 Round Rock, 1975


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