ROCKDALE VS. FAIRFIELD
Who: Rockdale Tigers (9-4) vs. No. 6 Fairfield Eagles (13-0). What: Class 3A, Division II, Region III quarterfinals playoff. When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Waco ISD Stadium (11,500 capacity, artificial turf). Weather: Mid 40s with a chance of rain. Favorite: Fairfield by 14. Last week: Rockdale def. Coldspring 21-14; Fairfield def. Hardin-Jefferson 57-14. Series: Fairfield leads 3-0; Last meeting: Fairfield won 12-7 in 2002 area playoff game. Enrollment: Rockdale 474; Fairfield 490. Playoff history: Rockdale 23 trips (22-21); Fairfield 21 trips (15-19). District shakedown: Rockdale was second (3-1) in District 18-3A to Navasota; Fairfield was 19-3A champion (4-0). Common opponents: Rockdale def. Madisonville 33-21, Fairfield def. Madisonville 50-14; Rockdale def. Center 75-28, Fairfield def. Center 58-21. Streaking: Rockdale has won eight of nine; Fairfield has won 13 straight. Offense: Rockdale 42.6 points per game; Fairfield 58.6. Defense: Rockdale allows 27.5 points per game; Fairfield 9 ppg. Trojan to watch: No. 3, Sr. RB Larry Rose (2,412 yards, 41 TDS). Coaches: Jeff Miller, 8th year at Rockdale (46-42, 81-63 in 14 years); John Batchel 2nd year at Fairfield (21-4, 40-26 in 7 years). If you go: Coming into Waco on US 77, crossover Loop 340, turn left onto Garden Dr., continue onto S. New Road, stadium is on the left. 66 miles. Best place to eat: Buzzard Billy’s Seafood. Exit 335C off North IH 35 on the Brazos River. Tickets: $7 for adults, $5 for students.