The Last Stand

Tiger seniors have had quite a run


SENIORS 2017: Front row (l to r)—Marcos Guiterrez, Brajon Ayala, Justin Nelson, Caeser Gonzalez, Jaqualyn Crawford, Wyatt Chambers, Josh Springer, Torry Locklin, Patrick Dean, Angel Banda, Jim Meraz. Top—Alvin Mitchell, Quentin Myles, Jr. Harris, Tyler Lehmkuhl, Chris Johnson, Dylan Rowe, Dylan David. 
Reporter/Bill Martin SENIORS 2017: Front row (l to r)—Marcos Guiterrez, Brajon Ayala, Justin Nelson, Caeser Gonzalez, Jaqualyn Crawford, Wyatt Chambers, Josh Springer, Torry Locklin, Patrick Dean, Angel Banda, Jim Meraz. Top—Alvin Mitchell, Quentin Myles, Jr. Harris, Tyler Lehmkuhl, Chris Johnson, Dylan Rowe, Dylan David. Reporter/Bill Martin As the Rockdale Tiger seniors prepare to lace ‘em up for the last time at Tigerland Field Friday evening, they can reflect on accomplishments that few can claim.

This is not their last game for sure, with the state playoffs days away, so the party continues.

In a four-year span, the 18 Tiger seniors have been a part of 40 wins (and counting).

The best four-year span in school history came between 1975 through 1978 when the Tigers went 43-8, including a 1976 state championship.

With a deep playoff run, this current group could surpass that.

This group has a special place in Coach Jeff Miller’s heart, since his son Gunner is a part of it.

“We moved here when they were all in the first grade. They mean so much to my family and me— much more than even anything they have done on the football field.

“They have seen us through some tough times. I have been fans of theirs for a long time. Most of them have been over to the house. It’s been really fun to watch them grow up.”

To drift away from football for a second, these guys also have a state championship in track they can brag about.

Jaqualyn Crawford has been a major cog in all successes during his stay here and once the Tigers hit the playoff trail, he could be participating in his final event as a Tiger, as he will graduate early to enroll in the University of Oklahoma to play football.

Speedy senior linebackers Dylan David and Jr. Harris were also an integral part of the track team’s success.

David was a pre-season All-State selection. It would be hard to keep Harris off any post-season squad and he is making a solid case for District MVP.

Jarrell—which was idle Friday—has been the poster boys for struggling football teams and have scored just 45 points in nine games—24 in district play.

The Cougars are led by running back Alex Bravo who has rushed for 221 yards without a touchdown.

Quarterback Heron Rodriguez has completed 22-of-52 passes for 206 yards and has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns.

T.J. Sykes is their top receiver with 18 catches for 227 yards and two scores.

Jarrell has fumbled the ball 34 times and lost 21.

They are allowing 44 points and 358 yards a game.

The Cougars feature a new coach in Amos Davidson who prefers and run oriented offense.

Thorndale defeated Jarrell 31-0 in the third week this year.

The Cougars, who were 1-9 last season, are staring at their first winless season since 2009.

Last year’s 45-7 Rockdale win was the first time the two schools had faced each other.

TIGER TRACKS

• Correction: On last week’s booster page photo, Rockdale head trainer Eugene Beaver was misidentified as Donald Beaver.

• Cameron whipped Troy 35-0 to clinch fourth place in District 10-3A. The Yoemen (4-6, 3-3) have the final week off before the playoffs in two weeks.

• Rockdale has captured 46 of its last 57 games overall and 29-of-35 in the regular season. The Tigers have taken 30 of their last 35 road games. They are 21-4 in district play in the past five seasons.

• During Rockdale’s five-game winning streak, the Tigers had been averaging 48.8 points a game and had to settle for 34 Friday.

• Jim Meraz was unable to go Friday so Miller moved up linemen Wyatt Pounders and Darien Meraz from the junior varsity.

• Josh Springer turned in 18 stops to lead the Tigers, followed by Dylan David’s 15 and Jr. Harris’ 12. David crossed over the 100-tackle mark with 113 on the season.

• With 2,680 total yards, Torry Locklin has moved into third place on the school’s all-time list. Clayton Gibbs holds the school record with 3,680 in 2014.

• With 1,235 yards on the ground, Locklin has passed his father Kerry on the single season rushing list. The elder Locklin had 1,203 yards in 1978 as a fullback.

• Locklin leads the district in rushing by a wide margin with 1,235 yards. Next up is Troy’s Zack Hrbacek with 572.

• Tyler Lehmkuhl leads the district by averaging 19.15 yards per catch.

•Jaqualyn Crawford is averaging over 12 yards every time he touches the ball, receiving and running.

• Chris Johnson hauled in his first touchdown catch of the season Friday on a 14-yarder from Locklin.

JARRELL AT ROCKDALE

What: Rockdale Tigers (6-3, 4-1) vs. Jarrell Cougars (0-9, 0-5).

Where: Tigerland Field (2,850 grass).

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Favorite: Rockdale by 40.

Last week: Franklin 37, Rockdale 34; Jarrell was idle.

Series record: Rockdale leads 1-0.

Last year: Rockdale won 45-7.


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