Lehmkuhl defensive effort sparks eighth grade win

Christian Lara (11) returned a kickoff 75 yards to spark the Tigers’ junior varsity in a 33-14 loss to Hillsboro. 
Reporter/Cliff Dungan Christian Lara (11) returned a kickoff 75 yards to spark the Tigers’ junior varsity in a 33-14 loss to Hillsboro. Reporter/Cliff Dungan THURSDAY: The junior varsity and freshmen will travel to Madisonville with the first game set for 5 p.m. The junior high Tigers will host Bellville, with the first game starting at 4:30 p.m. The 7B, 7A teams will play first, followed by 7A, 8A.

The Rockdale junior varsity fell behind early and could not recuperate in a 33-14 loss to Hillsboro.

Hillsboro led 19-0 in the first quarter before the Tigers (2-4) could find the end zone on Christian Lara’s 75-yard kickoff return.

The Tigers closed the gap to 19-14 when Davion Ford scampered 55 yards for a score after taking in a pass from quarterback David Franklin, but could get no closer.

According to coaches, Ford, Lara, Laurence Baggerly and Braxton Moore were the standouts.

Eighth grade

The Tigers jumped out to a 28-0 lead and held on for a 36-16 victory over Hillsboro.

It was the defense that got the ball rolling for the Tigers (2-1) as Dylan Rowe produced a big hit on the Hillsboro quarterback that forced an interception by Tyler Lehmkuhl who returned it 25 yards for a touchdown and an 8-0 first quarter lead.

The Tigers poured it on in the second quarter with three scores, the first on a 51-yard long distance trip by Jaqualyn Crawford.

The sneak- thief Lehmkuhl was at it again, snagging another interception and returning it 20 yards for a score after a J.R. Hinojosa hit on the quarterback.

Quarterback Gunner Miller then found Josh Springer on a 22-yard hookup to push the Tigers ahead 28-8 at halftime.

The Tigers’ final score came in the third quarter as Crawford busted loose for a 50-yard score.

Lehmkuhl then covered up a fumble, forced by Dylan David.

Coaches said Lehmkuhl, David, Angel Banda, Walker Crane and Jack Ingram were the leaders.

8B—The Tigers could not find the goal line in a 14- 0 loss to Hillsboro.

Quarterback Angel Lara produced the longest play of the game for the Tigers (0-4) with a 25-yard run.

Martin Gutierrez, Saul Salazar and Jacob Phillips were the defensive standouts.

Seventh grade

Hillsboro leapt out to an early lead and held on for a 36-8 victory over the Tigers.

Will Storey set up the Tigers’ (1-3) lone score with an interception before Austin Flores stepped off a 75-yard touchdown run.

Cayden McBride and Wren Crane turned in outstanding games.

7B— Nathan Bai ley’s two touchdown runs paced the Tigers past Hillsboro 12-0.

Bailey reeled off runs of 20 and 70 yards in the second and third quarters respectively to provide the margin of victory for the Tigers (3-1).

Coaches said linemen Hunter Vance, Josh Davenport, Blaise Samford and linebackers Jaheim Rubin and Luke Parsley had outstanding games.

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