Growing Stronger Together
Although the season did not end how the Rocket Football team wanted, it was still a good season. The Rockets had a lot of young guys step up and fill in for injuries this year where it was needed. That courage is what is needed for the future of Rocket football and the boys took a great step towards next year and getting better. The Rockets began the season losing to state power Andale but then evened out their record at 1-1 the next week with a blowout win over Clearwater. However, the Rockets would lose the next four games to drop their record to 1-5. Two of the losses were very close games that easily could have been wins with a little bit of luck. The Rockets then closed out the regular season with wins over Winfield and Independence to improve to 3-5 going into the 1st round playoff game at Circle. Head coach Lee Weber stated, “I was extremely proud of this squad for being resilient through the season of bad bounces and injuries. While I feel like we should have had a better record and won several of our tight games, our team never gave up and battled all the way through the playoff loss to Circle. Our players should hold their head high being able to finish off with two good wins at the end of the season to higher ranked teams than us in 4A and also battling Circle until time ran out.” Defensive Coordinator David Penner said, “This football season presented itself with several challenges. I feel like we built a solid foundation for us to excel next year if we can continue to develop and build off of what we did this year. We need to put in work in this off season to make sure next year ends on a better note than this year did. We got a lot of younger kid reps this year which will hopefully allow those kids to be successful next year.” Coach Hill said, “I am proud of everyone this year that came out and played and appreciate their efforts this season. The season didn’t end as we expected but players had to battle through diversity and injury. There is a lot to learn from this season to carry on to the next year so in my eyes it was still a very productive season. Success is not always measured in wins and losses but is measured by the growth of the player and the team.” Although the seniors weren’t all there to finish the season because of injury, some guys that stood out this season were Keegan Beavers, Chase Green, Lane Gardner, and Jadon Green. These boys supported their team until the very last buzzer.