ROCKDALE, Texas — Experience will be key for the Rockdale Tigers, who return 19 of their 22 starters from 2021. Rockdale locked up one of the final playoff spots in District 11-3A I and will have to rise to the occasion if they want to return to the postseason.
Offensively, the Tigers bring back nine starters, including junior quarterback Blaydn Barcak, who took the reigns as a sophomore last season.
"Last year, I was little," Barcak said. "I didn't have a lot of confidence. But this year, I already know what I need to do, how I need to play, how I need to lead the team. And I'm just gonna do what I do."
Barcak will have a young wide receiving core around him, but many of the offensive skill position players got a lot of experience as freshmen and sophomores in 2021.
"He's done a tremendous job," Head Coach Jacob Campsey said. "And having that guy who's taken so many snaps last year, when you walk out there that first Friday night, it's gonna make a world of difference to see a calm, steady force out there that's done it before."
The Tigers enter the year as underdogs in District 11-3A I, picked to finish fifth, one spot behind rival Cameron Yoe.
2022 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE:
8/26 at Teague 7:30
9/2 vs Taylor 7:30
9/9 vs Lexington 7:30
9/16 vs Tuscola Jim Ned (at TBD) 7:30
9/30 vs Franklin* 7:30
10/7 at Troy* 7:30
10/14 vs Lorena* 7:30
10/21 at Cameron Yoe* 7:30
10/28 vs Little River Academy* 7:30
11/4 at McGregor* 7:30
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