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WEEKEND SPORTS
DEC 11

(ROCKDALE)–THE ROCKDALE TIGER FOOTBALL TEAM

HAS ADVANCED TO THE STATE SEMIFINALS FOR THE FIRST

TIME SINCE 1976. THE TIGERS DEFEATED TEAGUE IN THE

STATE QUARTERFINALS 42 TO 20 FRIDAY AT WACO I-S-D

STADIUM.

TEAGUE THREATENED ON THEIR FIRST DRIVE WITH

A BIG RUN BY TAYVIS COLEMAN INTO ROCKDALE TERRITORY,

BUT THE TIGER DEFENSE TURNED THEM AWAY

EMPTY-HANDED.

THE TIGERS GOT ON THE BOARD FIRST ON A ONE

YARD TOUCHDOWN DIVE BY TORRY LOCKLIN WITH

9:22 TO GO IN THE FIRST QUARTER. THE TIGERS ATTEMPTED

AN ONSIDE KICK BUT IT WAS RECOVERED BY TEAGUE.

THE TIGERS FORCED A PUNT THEN BLOCKED IT, BUT

IT ENDED UP IN COLEMAN’S HANDS AND HE RAN 15 YARDS

FOR A FIRST DOWN. THAT LED TO TREVOR COOPER’S 3 YARD

TOUCHDOWN RUN TO TIE THE GAME AT 7.

THE TIGERS GOT ON THE BOARD IN A BIG WAY ON

THE FIRST PLAY OF THE 2ND QUARTER. LOCKLIN THREW A

48 YARD TOUCHDOWN PASS TO JAQUALYN CRAWFORD

DOWN THE RIGHT SIDELINE TO GIVE THE TIGERS A 14 TO 7

LEAD. THE TIGERS ATTEMPTED A POP UP KICK WHICH WAS

FUMBLED BY TEAGUE AND RECOVERED BY THE TIGERS.

THE TIGERS DROVE DOWN FIELD AND CRAWFORD, AT

THE WILDCAT QUARTERBACK SPOT, THREW A 2 YARD

TOUCHDOWN PASS TO A WIDE-OPEN TYLER LEMKUHL

TO GIVE THE TIGERS A 21 TO 7 LEAD WITH 9:20 LEFT IN THE

FIRST HALF, GIVING THE TIGERS A CRUCIAL 2 SCORE LEAD,

WHICH THEY KEPT GOING INTO THE HALFTIME LOCKER

ROOM.

EARLY IN THE 3RD QUARTER, THE TIGERS GOT ON THE

BOARD AGAIN ON A 2 YARD SCORING RUN BY TORY

LOCKLIN FOR A 28 TO 7 LEAD. AFTER GETTING THE BALL BACK,

THE TIGERS GOT ON THE BOARD AGAIN AS LOCKLIN THREW A

PASS DOWN THE MIDDLE TO TYLER LEMKUHL TO SET UP

FIRST AND GOAL, AND LOCKLIN SCORED MOMENTS LATER

FOR A 35 TO 7 LEAD.

FROM THERE, THINGS TURNED DICEY FOR THE TIGERS.

TEAGUE CLOSED THE GAP WITH TOUCHDOWN RUNS OF

3 YARDS AND 2 YARDS BY TEVYN COLEMAN TO CLOSE THE

GAP TO 35 TO 20.

ON THE FIRST PLAY OF THE 4TH QUARTER, LOCKLIN’S

PASS WAS TIPPED AND INTERCEPTED BY COLEMAN, WHO

APPARENTLY RETURNED IT FOR A TOUCHDOWN, BUT

THE SCORE WAS NEGATED BY A BLOCK IN THE BACK.

TEAGUE HAD THE BALL AT ROCKDALE’S 24 YARD LINE,

BUT THE TIGER DEFENSE STOOD THEM UP. ON 4TH AND GOAL

AT THE 10, TEAGUE QUARTERBACK ZACK SATTERWHITE’S PASS

WAS BROKEN UP IN THE END ZONE.

THE TIGERS TOOK OVER ON DOWNS AND DROVE

90 YARDS IN 10 PLAYS, AND TORY LOCKLIN FINISHED THE

DRIVE WITH A 3 YARD SCORING PLUNGE TO CLINCH THE

VICTORY.

LOCKLIN RUSHED FOR 174 YARDS AND 4 TOUCHDOWNS.

HE WENT 7 OF 18 THROUGH THE AIR FOR 198 YARDS, 2 TOUCHDOWNS

AND 2 INTERCEPTIONS. TYLER LEMKUHL MADE 4 CATCHES

FOR 127 YARDS AND A TOUCHDOWN. CRAWFORD HAD

3 CATCHES FOR 71 YARDS AND A TOUCHDOWN.

THE TIGERS HELD TEAGUE TO THEIR 2ND LOWEST

SCORING OUTPUT OF THE SEASON, AND 254 TOTAL YARDS.

ROCKDALE TIGER HEAD COACH JEFF MILLER SAYS

KNOWING THAT THEY HAD THE BALL TO START THE

2ND HALF, IT WAS VITAL THAT THE TIGERS GET THAT

2 SCORE LEAD…

“EXACTLY WHAT WE SAID WE HAD TO DO AFTER

HALFTIME. WE COME SCORE 2 TIMES AND MAKE 35-7.

THEY’RE GOING TO SCORE. THEY’RE A GOOD FOOTBALL TEAM.

THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO SCORE. THEY GET ANOTHER ONE,

AND THEN THEY GET THE ONSIDE KICK…THE SERIES RIGHT

THERE, THAT WAS CRUCIAL IN THE GAME–THEY GET THE

ONSIDE KICK, THEY GET DOWN THERE TO ABOUT THE

5 YARD LINE AFTER 2 BIG PENALTIES, AND THEN WE MAKE

THE HUGE STOP, AND THEN GO 90 YARDS TO OPEN IT BACK

UP TO A 3 TOUCHDOWN LEAD.”

THE TIGERS HAVE ADVANCED TO THE STATE

SEMIFINALS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1976.

THE TIGERS WILL PLAY THE WINNER OF YOAKUM

AND GOLIAD IN THE STATE SEMIFINALS. THE STATE

SEMIFINALS WILL BE PLAYED AT THE BERRY CENTER AT

CYPRESS FRIDAY, DEC. 15TH. STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS.

KRXT WILL HAVE ALL THE ACTION LIVE.

OTHER ACTION FRIDAY NIGHT, THE LEXINGTON

EAGLES’ SEASON CAME TO AN END AS THE EAGLES FELL

TO BOLING IN THE STATE QUARTERFINALS FOR THE 2ND

CONSECUTIVE YEAR, 35 TO 21, AT BRENHAM.

THE SALADO EAGLES’ SEASON CAME TO AN END

FRIDAY NIGHT AS THE EAGLES FELL TO DEFENDING

4-A DIVISION 2 STATE CHAMPION WEST ORANGE STARK

14 TO NOTHING AT LEGACY STADIUM IN KATY.

 

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