Elijah Brooks (32) and the Rockdale Tigers begin to celebrate their 21-14 regional victory over Coldspring Friday in College Station, earning RHS a trip to the Class 3A, Division II, state quarterfinals and placing the 2013 Tigers among the most elite RHS football teams ever. The historic win was Rockdale’s third of the post-season. The last time that happened was in 1976, the year Big Blue won state. The 1962 state finalists, 1976 state champs and current 2013 squad are the only three Tiger teams ever to win as many as three post-season games. Brooks carried 23 times for 89 yards as the Tigers, now 9-4, handed 10-2 Coldspring their first loss in the past 10 games.
Rockdale will now tangle with undefeated Fairfield in quarterfinal action at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Waco ISD stadium. Rockdale fans will join Rocky the Tiger (Diamond Blue) to pull for the history-making Tigers. See page 1C.