BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -- Perhaps the best word to describe Rockdale Tiger football is consistency. The 2016 edition of the Tigers were no exception to that rule, punching a playoff ticket for the fifth consecutive season.
Rockdale relied once again on an explosive offense; one that put up 80 on arch-rival Cameron Yoe and ran the gauntlet in District 10-3A play en route to the district title.
The Tigers posted a final ledger of 11-2 last season, bowing out with a 27-14 loss to Malakof in the regional round.
Offensively, the Tigers lose a lot of experience with only four starters returning in 2017.
Rockdale will have to replace two year starter David Franklin at quarterback, along with running back Davion Ford, who signed with Houston.
However, the Tigers still have plenty of talent in the arsenal. Oklahoma commit JaQualyn Crawford has played at receiver in the past but actually served as the Tigers quarter-back during 7-on-7. He will be dynamic once again regardless of his role. On defense, the Tigers will be much more experienced as eight starters return. Crawford will once again make a big impact in the secondary from his defensive back position. Linebacker Dylan David also returns after garnering all district honors a season ago.
The Tigers’ 2017 slate will again be challenging. Rockdale will play three playoff participants in non-district action, opening the season at West before hosting Taylor and Lexington.
Last season, District 10-3A proved to be one of the toughest in the state across all classifications. With the likes of Cameron Yoe, Franklin, and a reloaded McGregor, the district is poised to remain one of the state’s best.