Rainy days and Mondays

107 Tigers report to cooler summer camp
22 DAYS UNTIL KICKOFF


Above, Tigers Wyatt Chambers (65), Josh Springer (9), Brajon Ayala (3), Torry Locklin (2), Patrick Dean (33), Dylan David (30), Jim Merez (51), Tyler Lehmkuhl (88), Jr. Hinojosa (11), Jaqualyn Crawford (5) prepare for the cake auction Monday. Below, Tiger defensive coordinator Jacob Campsey puts the Tigers through their paces Monday morning in Tiger gymnasium. Left, Oklahoma pledge Jaqualyn Crawford takes his reps in the quarterback line. Above, Tigers Wyatt Chambers (65), Josh Springer (9), Brajon Ayala (3), Torry Locklin (2), Patrick Dean (33), Dylan David (30), Jim Merez (51), Tyler Lehmkuhl (88), Jr. Hinojosa (11), Jaqualyn Crawford (5) prepare for the cake auction Monday. Below, Tiger defensive coordinator Jacob Campsey puts the Tigers through their paces Monday morning in Tiger gymnasium. Left, Oklahoma pledge Jaqualyn Crawford takes his reps in the quarterback line. Depending on how you look at it, the Big Blue football team dodged a bullet Monday.

A record 107 players reported for the first day of practice bright and early Monday morning and were greeted with storm clouds instead of 100-degree temperatures.

The Tigers were forced to retreat to the old Rockdale gymnasium to begin to prepare for the 2017 season and were visibly upbeat and raring to go.

“Everybody was in great shape and in great spirits,” said Rockdale Coach Jeff Miller, who welcomed his 12th group of players into the fold. “It was the weirdest opening day I have ever been associated with. Never started out inside before.


Reporter/Bill Martin Reporter/Bill Martin “They have been looking forward to this day for a long time. Right now everybody is excited by how good a football team we can be this year.

“Of course some of that may be because we were in the air conditioning,” Miller joked.

Big Blue is coming off an 11-2 season and is ranked No. 10 in Class 3A in pre-season.

The 107 players who reported is the most in Miller’s tenure here and the most since 105 players showed up in 2000.

While the opening day of the regular season is Friday, Sept. 1, when the Tigers travel to West with a 7:30 kickoff, Rockdale has a couple of scrimmages set up before then.

The Tigers travel to Giddings on Friday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. for their first scrimmage and then on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. will host Mexia.

The annual “Meet the Tigers” social and cake auction will take place in Tiger Gymnasium on Aug. 14 at 7 p.m.

Tickets

Advance reserve seat football tickets for previous season ticket hold- ers will be sold at the athletic office from 8 a.m. to Noon on Aug. 10-11 and Aug. 14-17.

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 23 anyone else wanting to purchase reserve seat season tickets may do so in the athletic office from 8 a.m. to Noon.

Cost of season tickets will b $30 for five home games.

Thorndale, Milano also open workouts

Both Thorndale and Milano also dodged the rain in their first workouts Monday morning.

Milano coach Chad LaGrone welcomed 51 athletes to practice, way up from 34 attendees in 2016.

“The energy level is high,” said LaGrone, who like Miller is in his 12th year in Milano. “We are excited to be practicing.”

In his third year, Thorndale’s Scott Hawkins had 43 players show up Monday, down from 2016’s 50.

“We are pleased with our retention,” Hawkins said. “Always hard to tell before the pads go on. Seems like a good attitude though.”

Both Milano and Thorndale are expected to earn playoff berths this season, with the Eagles tabbed second in district and the Bulldogs third.


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