Rockdale roars back from 21-point deficit to take 3A, Division I title


Rockdale overcame a 21-point deficit to capture its first UIL state title in football since 1976, rallying past Brock 45-29 Thursday in the Class 3A, Division I final at AT&T Stadium.

Rockdale (13-3) roared back by scoring 28 points in the second quarter and limiting Brock to a single touchdown — with 2½ minutes to play — in the second half.

Brock (13-3) jumped ahead 21-0 as Dawson Littlepage scored on carries of 60, 1 and 2 yards. Littlepage’s third TD came with only 38 seconds gone in the second quarter.

From that point, Rockdale went on a 45-point run before Brock’s final touchdown.

The Tigers relied heavily on Oklahoma signee Jaquayln Crawford. The four-star athlete accounted for 148 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, scoring on a 41-yard run and a 74-yard reception that were sandwiched around his 19-yard TD pass to Torry Locklin.

Locklin rushed for 256 yards and three touchdowns.

Brock suffered only the sixth loss in the four-year history of its varsity football program.

CLASS 2A, DIVISION II FINAL

Muenster 27, Tenaha 20: Muenster made the most of its first state championship appearance, defeating Tenaha for the Class 2A, Division II title at AT&T Stadium.

Led by Clay Stevens, Parker McGrew and Danny Luttmer on both sides of the ball, the Hornets completed an unbeaten season as Tenaha (15-1) lost in its first appearance in a state final since 2012.

Muenster took an early lead on a 20-yard touchdown pass from McGrew to Luttmer and entered halftime with a 10-7 advantage. Trai Gardner’s second of three touchdowns — a 60-yard pass reception — gave Tenaha a 13-10 lead in the third quarter, but Muenster answered with a TD pass by McGrew and a 35-yard field by Trey McTaggart to pull ahead 20-13.

Gardner’s 55-yard touchdown carry helped forge a 20-all tie, but McGrew scored the winning TD on a 9-yard carry with one second to play in the third quarter.

Late Wednesday

CLASS 2A, DIVISION I FINAL

Mart 34, Refugio 21: Trailing 14-0 after the opening quarter, Mart rebounded with a 21-point second quarter and claimed its sixth state championship.

Mart (15-1) had last won a state title in 2010.

Refugio (13-2) jumped ahead as Jared Kelley completed his first two passes for touchdowns that covered 66 and 42 yards. Jamel LaFond grabbed the first reception, and Jake Tinsman pulled in the second.

Mart roared back behind second-quarter scoring runs of 44 and 1 yard by Shatydrick Bailey, who also caught a 2-yard TD pass from Jace Terry in the quarter.

After a scoreless third quarter, Mart pushed its lead to 28-14 when Jalon Kirven caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from Terry.

Refugio drew within a score on Tinsman’s second touchdown reception — a 23-yarder — but Terry scored on a 64-yard run with 6:24 to play.



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