The Taylor Ducks hit the road for the first time this season this past Friday to face off against their longtime rival Rockdale. In the end it was the Tigers who would come out on top 55-21.
Coach Little and the Ducks came out a bit behind the ball to start the first half. When asked how his team faired in the first half Coach Little reiterated the sentiment
“First half I thought we were a little bit shaky coming out, we turned the ball over which is obviously very concerning for us but I told them at halftime look, we can either go out there and take the kicking or we can bow up and take a little pride and make something of the second half,” said Taylor Coach Robert Little
The Tigers struck early scoring 3 unanswered touchdowns.
Rockdale quarterback Kobe Mitchell fumbles the ball on the Duck 4-yard line and recovered on their 8 with 2:51 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Ducks forced to punt after the fumble recovery, Rockdale took over on the Duck 22, 1:19 left in the first quarter.
Taylor coughed up the ball on their own 22 and Rockdale scooped it up for the score with 1:13 left in the first quarter, jumping out to a 21-0 lead.
Taylor fumbled again, this time just short of the Rockdale red zone. The Tigers took over on their 24-yard line to conclude the first quarter.
“Honestly, we’re probably outmatched in a lot of positions, Rockdale is a very good football team, I think everybody knows that. They’ve got skill in every position,” Little said.
The Duck offense led by Sophomore quarterback Bryson Bass came out hopeful in the second half with long runs from the backfield totaling 315 yards on the ground. The Ducks came out to start the second half on their 30-yard line but could go nowhere. Rockdale took over and were forced to punt with 8:41 left in the 3rd quarter.
With 8:24 seconds left in the third quarter the Ducks finally found pay dirt after a 73-yard keeper from Sophomore quarterback Bryson Bass.
Rockdale took over on their 43-yard line but were eventually stopped in their tracks
The Ducks moved the ball to the 1-yard line after a 50-yard gain. Bass scored again with 5:40 left in the third quarter making the score 41-14.
The Tigers then took over on their 35-yard line. After a string of penalties by the Tigers Taylor’s Isaac Rivera intercepted an attempted screen pass bringing the Ducks within scoring range on the Rockdale 8-yard line following 2 unsportsmanlike penalties.
After an offsides call brought the Ducks to the Rockdale 3 Bass scampered into the endzone with 3:36 left in the third quarter bringing the score to 41-21.
After a kick out of bounds the Tigers took possession on their 46-yard line.
With 2:21 left in the third Rockdale found the endzone again, this time from 52 yards out to extend their lead to 48-21.
Mendoza with a huge gain brought the Ducks to the Rockdale 35. The Tigers held the Ducks in four forcing another turnover on 4th and short.
After a strip with 8:11 left in the fourth quarter the Tigers took over on the Taylor 17.
Seconds later Rockdale scored with a 17-yard pass bringing the score to close out the game 55-21.
“I feel like we’ve made some improvements but obviously we’ve got a ways to go,” said Little.
The Ducks return to the Pond next Friday to take on Giddings.