(November 14, 2013) For the final Automax Marquee Matchup of the season we get a sequel. Lorena and Rockdale met in the bi-district round last season. A game Rockdale had a 14 point lead in.
"We just came out pretty flat to begin with. A few things weren't clicking," said Lorena quarterback Harris Coleman. "Coaches were able to get that squared away with at halftime. And we just came out with a lot more intensity, second half."
"We can't spot people two touchdowns and expect to dig out of it every friday night and we managed to do it last year but I think the main thing it wasn't a scheme of things it was intensity and effort on our part," said Lorena head coach Ray Biles. (In the) second half we changed the tempo a little bit of what we were doing and our kids played with a little more effort."
"Going into halftime we were beating Lorena, and then came out, seems like we weren't the same team in the second half," said Rockdale receiver and linebacker Austin Caffey. "So, going into this year we want to play all four quarters."
Both teams are a little different from what they were a year ago, but the returners have learned from the experience.
"We've had a tendency to relax a couple times, a little bit I think, at halftime," said Rockdale head coach Jeff Miller. "When we've had somewhat of a lead, we've had it happen a couple times to us this year. I think we've gotten better now at realizing that we've got to come out the second half with the same intensity that we came out the first half."
"I learned that no matter what the scoreboard looks like you've just got to get out there and keep playing," said Rockdale defensive back LaDontice Coats. "You don't stop until that last whistle blows."
"We've just got to be mentally focused. Physically we're there, there's nothing else," said Lorena defensive lineman Trevor Beard. "Although (as coach says) we put all the hay in the barn. We've got to be mentally prepared. We got to come out there ready to play a football game and not let it be our last one."