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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Rudder junior quarterback back E.J. Ezar completed 22 of 27 passes for 425 yards and carried six times for 209 yards and a score in the Rangers' 63-56 victory over Pflugerville Weiss last Friday. The Ezar family moved from Willis, where the elder Ezar was athletic director, to Bryan after EJ’s freshman year, and he’s shouldered well the pressure that comes from being the coach’s son. Ezar’s great-grandfather, Joe Ezar, was a professional golfer known for his trick shot capabilities who ran with the likes of Bing Crosby and was once profiled in The New Yorker. In that vein, EJ drew a key offsides penalty against Weiss by altering his cadence and three 15-yard penalties after defenders tackled him out of bounds. “He’s one of those kids who is very savvy. He lives, eats and drinks football and is aware of his surroundings. He knows and studies the game and is really smart. We called a hitch route on one play, and when the corner bit in, EJ pumped and threw it to the outside receiver. He’s in all AP classes and has a 4.1 GPA and ranks 19th in his class. There definitely are challenges when you coach your son, because he has to be better than everybody else. But EJ has lived up to that.”- Rudder Head Coach Eric Ezar Copyright 2020 KBTX. All rights reserved....

10/19/2020

Rudder High School News

Rudder volleyball coach Jacky Pence says her team has to learn how to win. The Lady Rangers got four opportunities to notch the deciding point Tuesday at The Armory, and they cashed in the fourth for some history. Rudder outlasted A&M Consolidated 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 10-25, 18-16 for its second victory over the Lady Tigers in volleyball in the school’s 13 years. “You have to learn how to win those big ones and that was fun for us,” Pence said. “We just asked our kids to compete, and we knew we had a chance just because they had played teams similar to how we played them, so we kept kind of brainwashing [the players] and telling them they have a chance.” The chance turned into reality when Neeley Rutledge posted her team-high third ace for the final point. With the victory, Rudder (8-5, 2-3) moved into a tie for fifth place with Consol (5-6, 2-3) in District 19-5A. After alternating victories in the first four sets, Consol saved two match points, the second with a kill from Charli Crowson, who added another kill to erase Rudder’s third match point. Consol had an opportunity to win it, but a hitting error evened the fifth-set score at 16. Symia Alexander and Londyn Singleton then set up the winning serve with a block. Rudder, as it had in all but the fourth set, got off to a good start in the deciding set. Hailey Pohl and Alexander started it with a block. Asani McGee had a kill, and three Consol errors later Rudder led 5-0. Consol called timeout down 7-2, and Pence said she warned her team it wasn’t over, that she had seen to many close games after quick starts. Consol proved her right and rallied to tie the score at 8 on a Rudder violation. The Lady Tigers then went up 10-9 on a Jordyn English kill. At 10-10 the Lady Rangers regained the lead when McGee’s block caromed off Pohl’s head and over the net for a point. “When I saw that, I thought, ‘Oh, this is good,’” Pence said. “It literally went off her head.” Consol twice rallied to even the match by taking sets two and four but couldn’t overcome its own mistakes. “Too many hitting errors, and I tell them all the time we can’t play down from our potential,” Consol head coach Colten Conner said. “We’ve got to focus on ourselves and we made too many errors. They capitalized on the points they needed too, but we gave them half their points. Fourth game, that’s the way [we should play].” McGee, who had four blocks, led Rudder with 17 kills and had only three errors, but it was the Lady Rangers’ back line that kept them in points and ultimately the match. Libero Gracie Menchaca had 28 digs and got plenty of help from Singleton with 21 and Jordan Little with 19. Singleton also had 12 kills. “We call it in a row volleyball, and we kept telling the kids let’s just play in a row volleyball, and that is you hope you keep it off the floor on your side and eventually the other team will mess up,” Pence said. “Can’t do that against every team, but we felt tonight that was a decent strategy. They were making some hitting errors, and if we could last long enough we could end up with the point. We won with a lot of grit tonight and trusting of each other.” Pohl posted 31 assists and Reagan Aponte had 14 assists. English paced Consol with 16 kills. The Lady Tigers looked more dangerous when they started to go to Cierra Gilbert, who had seven kills from the middle. “That’s been working all year, and we go away from it and it comes down to trust,” Conner said. “That’s the bonding aspect we are trying to grow in this program, because we have so much potential.” Consol libero Gracen Harrell had 38 digs and Abigail McKinney led the team in assists with 23. • NOTES — Rudder won the JV match 25-11, 25-5 and the freshman A match 25-11, 14-25, 25-19, while Consol won the freshman B match 25-20, 25-20. Rudder’s JV improved to 6-6, and its freshman team improved to 4-7. Rudder freshman Green fell to 4-6....

10/13/2020

Rudder High School News

PLAYER OF THE WEEK • Rudder senior wide receiver Keithron Lee earned The Eagle’s Brazos Valley football player of the week honors with a six-touchdown effort in the Rangers’ 63-56 victory over Pflugerville Weiss. Lee had 12 receptions for 278 yards with four touchdowns and added 91 yards rushing on 12 carries with two scores to help the Rangers to their first 2-0 start since 2010. Lee received 48.6% of the votes to beat Rockdale wide receiver Kesean Raven who had 35.2%. Lee had 841 of the almost 1,800 votes. Raven, who was leading after 24 hours, ended with 600 votes. Leon quarterback Jacob Robinson (7.3%), Burton running back Cooper Lucherk (6.3%) and Iola quarterback Brian Crosby (2.5%) were the other nominees. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK • Rudder junior EJ Ezar passed for 426 yards and added 167 yards rushing. Visit The Eagle for the full article!...

10/6/2020

Rudder High School News

The Rudder volleyball team fell to Killeen Ellison in three sets 25-23, 15-25 19-25, 22-25, but took the win over New Caney Porter 25-21, 25-18, 25-13 to close out a day of nondistrict play. The Lady Rangers moved to 3-2 on the season and were led by junior midde hitter Asani McGee, who had 25 kills and five blocks. Symia Alexander finished with 15 kills, followed by Neeley Rutledge with 10 kills, 19 digs and four aces, Ariel Greene with 11 digs and three aces, Gracie Menchaca with 22 digs, eight assists and Hailey Pohl led the team in assists with 41, along with 20 digs and six kills. Rudder’s junior varsity team also lost to Ellison before coming back and beating Porter to move to a 3-1 record. The freshman team beat Porter 15-25, 25-14, 25-19, but the Green team lost to Ellison 12-25 in both sets. Rudder will return to the court on Tuesday at Manor....

9/22/2020

Rudder High School News

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Rudder has never had a playoff football game, but the Rangers are in position to challenge for one this year. WR Keithron Lee, who has been used in a variety of positions, is a versatile and dangerous player. In tandem yardage (receiving and rushing), Lee accounted for 1,220 yards and 18 TDs. The offense has a balance with the ability of fellow WR Marcus Diles. The Rudder attack starts with the triggerman, QB E.J. Ezar, who is coming off a year where he rolled up 1,919 yards of total offense. Rudder has similar standouts on defense, including outside linebacker Tre McLinton, who had 30 tackles to throw opponents for losses. Quick S Quincy Daniels excels against both the pass and run....

9/22/2020

Bryan High School News

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9/1/2020

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