Milam County football has never been more successful

BILL MARTIN BILL MARTIN I mmediately following Rockdale’s blowout of Center Friday night at a rain soaked A&M Consolidated field, head coach Jeff Miller apologized to his team because any Thanksgiving plans they had made were now ruined.

Most teams wear it as a badge of honor to be playing on Turkey Day, because it means things are going pretty well, a lot to be thankful for.

And good tidings are plentiful in Milam County.

In the 100-plus years that the four football teams in Milam County have been tossing the old pigskin around, 2013 marks the first time all four teams have traveled this far in the playoff brackets at the same time.

Now most of that statement can be heaved on Milano, which is making its first trip to the regional round in school history.

The Eagles began playing 11-man football in 1976 and pulled off an impressive feat, winning a district championship in their final year of 6-man in 1975 and then winning a crown the next year in 11-man.

Milano Coach Craig Jentsch takes a look at the Eagles’ Area hardware, the first for the school. Milano Coach Craig Jentsch takes a look at the Eagles’ Area hardware, the first for the school. The last time all four teams had been in the playoffs in the same year was 2007.

That year Rockdale, Cameron and Thorndale were booted out in the first round, while Brad Jones led Milano to its first playoff win in school history.

Cameron leads the county teams with 40 playoff appearances that has produced 52 wins and with last year’s unbeaten squad, a bookend crown to accompany the 1981 trophy.

The Yoemen still trail Thorndale’s three state championships (1989, 1994, 1995), which the Dawgs are looking to add to in 2013.

The aforementioned Miller has led the Tigers to their first back-to-back playoff wins since 1998.

Should Rockdale handle Coldspring Friday night, you would have to return to the Tigers’ 1976 state championship to find three Tiger playoff wins.

Consider it took Rockdale 47 years to first appear in the playoffs. The 1958 Tiger team, after winning District 19-2A, lost to Schulenburg in bi-district. Four years later, they played for a state championship.

The two wins this season evens the Tigers’ playoff record at 21-21 in 23 trips.

Cameron’s longest playoff drought came from 1954 thru 1964.

Thorndale made playoff appearances in 1945 and 1961, but didn’t make it back until 1982.

So enjoy it while you can, this is a special time in our county sports history.

After you recover from turkey and dressing poisoning, get out and support your favorite team.

The 5ive

Here are the schools with
the most consecutive playoff
1. Converse Judson—36
2. Plano—36 (1969-95)
3. Refugio–35 (1978-12)
4. Pilot Point—33 (1977-09)
5. Odessa Permian—32

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