Information From Head Coach Lee Weber
Coach Lee Weber arrived in Rose Hill in 2018 with the goal of rebuilding the Rocket Football program to the level where it was in 2011 when the program completed a very successful decade with a State Championship. After finishing 1-8 in 2018 and 3-6 in 2019, Coach Weber stated, “We grew up quite a bit over the course of 2019. We competed much better and really had several opportunities to win a couple more games than we did win last year, but we are still in the process of learning how to win. Our group has really taken some steps in the weightroom to work to be bigger, faster, stronger, and more athletic. They have bought in completely. A majority of our returners played 2 other sports in this off-season and worked extremely hard even with the COVID-19 quarantine. As an example, slot receiver Spencer Nolan has put on 30 lbs since our Spring Break and is faster than he was before. Our offensive and defensive line proved themselves to be formidable last year. Offensively, senior Bryson Evans would appear to be in line for the starting quarterback job but will be pushed by Lane Gardner, a junior. Both are intense workers and have put in a great amount of time honing their craft. Keegan Beavers returns as our lone returning running back, but Brennan Robledo, junior, Spencer Nolan, senior, Jonathan Morgan (sophomore transfer from Florida), and sophomore Boeden Whitted all will compete for carries. Seniors Bryce Bischler and Spencer Nolan are our top returning targeted receivers and will figure into a lot of our offensive plans. Noah Paredes will have the ability to play split receiver and tight end in our offense, which will make him very valuable. Senior Trevor Kiser became a reliable possession receiver and great blocker at outside receiver last year and returns there this fall. Seniors Brandon Kelly and Tyler Gowdy, Juniors Brennan Robledo, Kale Kochick, and Chase Green, and sophomores Luke McCaughlin and Ben Peck may also contribute offensively at the skill positions. Our defense only returns three starters from 2019. Kelly, Paredes, and Bischler are all great returning linebackers who will really have to step up this fall. We will be deep and physical on the defensive line, but inexperienced. Our defensive backfield will be very inexperienced, but given our workouts thus far we have a lot of faith in the fast and athletic group.” In regard to their goals for the 2020 season, Coach Weber said, “As it is every year, our number one goal is to go 1-0 each week. If we can perform and take care of business each week, then we have a great shot to more than surpass last year’s 3-6 record. Turnarounds do not happen overnight as we found out the last two years. This turnaround has been and will continue to be a multi-year process and being 1-0 daily is what we have to focus on. We love the 4A playoff format, which gives us a shot to be in the playoffs regardless of our record and makes every game on our schedule vitally important to our seeding. We were a mere 7-8 points in a tiebreaker from having a home playoff game at Rose Hill last year for the first time in a long time. Quite simply to be successful in that format, we have to treat every game like our Super Bowl. That strategy worked well for us in the last part of the season as we played one of our best games of the year against the #1 seed McPherson in the regular season. We will always have a tough schedule because of the strength of the AVCTL Division 3 and 4, but we believe ourselves to be equal to the task. We want to be a team that overachieves and is recognized for its speed, toughness, discipline, and will to win.” When asked bout the team’s key to success in 2020, Coach Weber replied, “Our key to success will be consistency and ball control. Offensively, we will need to be efficient, play at a deliberate pace, control the ball and pace of the game to be successful. We also are putting a priority on running the football this season and controlling the ball and clock. Defensively, we need to hold our opponents under two scores and be the best tackling team in the state. In addition, our special teams being special and an advantage is critical to our success this year. Overall, we will need to lean heavily on our deep offensive and defensive line and our young skill players will need to step up immensely. We have some fantastic young players but they need to step up to the plate under the lights on Friday. I really love our group of kids. These Rockets over the past three years have been the most coachable group of kids I have had in 20 years of coaching. There has never been one bit of push back when we coach them on anything! Success is coming for them. We just have to be patient.” The Rockets will open the season on September 4th as they host 4A State Power Andale.