Trojans like to run, run again
They love to run the ball and they run it a lot (re: Liberty Hill).
So much so, that the Trojans’ starting quarterback has completed just 25 passes—all season. And in this day and age of fire drill football, that’s an average game for most quarterbacks.
The Trojans, who have won nine straight, are coming off a 37-10 area victory over LaMarque, marking the second time they had beaten the Cougars, including a 24-22 win in the third week of the season.
Senior Patrick Giddens (5-9, 175) picked up 216 yards and three touchdowns and has rushed for just under 1,000 yards on the season.
In what can best be described as a “hybrid Wing-T”, the Trojans like to get to the line of scrimmage quickly out of the huddle and snap the ball before the defense can adjust.
“They just run power football at you,” said Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller. “And when they get past the line of scrimmage, they have the athletes that can run.”
Coldspring has a talented stable of runners, with five players with over 250 yards.
Miller is more concerned with their defense which limited LaMarque to 206 yards.
The Trojans have been stingy on defense all season, allowing just 15 points a game. No one has scored more than the 24 that Navasota used to hand them their lone loss.
Coldspring will find a challenge in Rockdale which is averging 66 points a game in its last three outings.
Rockdale and its impending playoff foe have one opponent in common, but it’s an important one.
Both squads fell victim to defending state champion Navasota.
Coldspring was blanked 24-0 by the Rattlers in the second game of the season, while Navasota interrupted the Tigers winning streak with a 42-21 loss in the second-to-last game of district play
• Friday’s victory was Coach Jeff Miller’s 80th career win.
• And then there was one. Carthage put an end to Navasota’s hopes of defending its 3A crown wih a 44-14 win. Rockdale is the only 18-3A team remaining of the 16 teams left in the bracket.
• Should the Tigers advance, they would tackle the Faifield (12-0)-Hardin-Jefferson (8-4) winner in the quarterfinals.
• Special teams player of the week has to be junior Jon Hines who blocked a punt to set up a touchdown and also recovered a fumble to set up another. He registered four tackles as well.
• Brooks now has 2,511 yards rushing in his career, which places him second on the all-time list behind Don Wesley’s 3,389 (1975-77).
• Gibbs now has 2,872 yards and 33 touchdowns passes. With four last season, he has broken Ethan Brinkley’s career TD record of 36 (2010-12).
• Loth now has 69 receptions for 1,305 yards and 16 touchdowns. The junior has 95 catches for 1,703 yards in his career to break Joe Sanders previous yardage mark of 1,367 (2007-09).
• Austin Caffey already owns the reception mark with 106 catches.
• Adolofo Chavira has set a school record for extra points in a season with 58, eclipsing Mario Garza’s previous mark of 49 set in 1975. Chavira was 9-of-11 on conversions Friday night, which is also a school record. On the season, the junior is 58-of-70.
• Caffey led the Tigers in tackles with nine, followed by James David’s seven. David is the leader on the season with 89 stops, ahead of Caffey’s 85.
• Rockdale has 53 less students than it did in 2009 when the Tigers faced Coldspring in 2009.
• Clayton Gibbs started at safety in place of Hayden Offield who missed the game with a high ankle sprain. Offield is doubtful for Friday’s game. While Gibbs was a first-team all-district defensive back last season, he, nor his sub Pearce Loth, had played a down of defense all year.