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Rocket football 2019

Members of the Ar-We-Va football team in 2019 are, front row, left to right: Will Ragaller, Timothy Dose, Dalton Ehlers, Cody Self, Andres Cruz; middle row: Luke Smith, Damon Ehlers, Jeffrey Molina, Jonathan Dose, Kyelar Cleveland; back row: Kalon Cleveland, Riley Neumann, Cooper Kock, Cody Von Glan and Braeden Kirsch. Missing is Bret Hinners.

Ar-We-Va Football 2019

Head Coach: Chris Petersen, 6th year, 38-15; 11th overall, 62-31

Assistant Coaches: Darin Schurke, Austin Stoelk, Dan Kock; Jake Danner (volunteer assistant)

2018 Records: 7-0 in Eight-Man, District 1 (first place); 10-1 overall. Beat Northwood-Kensett (27-6) in first round of state playoffs. Lost to Southeast Warren (46-44) in quarterfinal round.

Returning Lettermen: 9 (Dalton Ehlers, Sr., 5-10, 205, TE/DL; Riley Neumann, Jr., 6-1, 185, OL/LB; Cody Von Glan, Jr., 6-0, 285, OL/DL; Luke Smith, Jr., 5-8, 170, OL/DL; Jeffrey Molina, Jr., 5-9, 140, WR/DB; Damon Ehlers, Soph., 5-9, 235, RB/LB; Will Ragaller, Soph., 5-9, 160, RB/LB; Cooper Kock, Soph., 6-2, 170, QB/DB); Braeden Kirsch, Soph., 5-11, 130, WR/DB

Returning Starters: Von Glan, Dalton Ehlers, Damon Ehlers, Ragaller

Top Returning Rushers: Ragaller, 6-65, 1 TD; Smith, 15-56

Top Returning Receivers: Ragaller, 9-161, 1 TD; Dalton Ehlers, 6-55, 1 TD

Top Returing Scorer: Ragaller, 20 points

Top Returning Tackles: Ragaller, 48 UA, 77 A; Dalton Ehlers, 27 UA, 37 A; Neumann, 15 UA, 25 A; Damon Ehlers, 16 UA, 20 A

Returning All-District Performers: Ragaller (first team); Dalton Ehlers (honorable mention); Damon Ehlers (honorable mention)

Returning All-Western Iowa Performers: Ragaller (second-team defense)

Rest of Roster: Kalon Cleveland, Jr., 6-0, 295, OL/DL; Cody Self, Soph., 5-8, 135, WR/DB; Jonathan Dose, Soph., 5-9, 140, TE/DB; Bret Hinners, Soph., 6-1, 145, OL/DL; Andres Cruz, Fr., 5-7, 150, RB/DB; Kyelar Cleveland, Fr., 5-10, 220, OL/DL; Timothy Dose, Fr., 5-7, 125, OL/DL

Rocket Notes: Ar-We-Va achieved a perfect 9-0 regular season last fall and qualified for the Eight-Man playoffs for the fourth time in five years under Petersen, who led the Rockets to within one game of the state semifinals and a trip to the UNI-Dome for the second time in his coaching career. Ar-We-Va lost a lot of its skill players to graduation, but Petersen is looking to forward to watching this year’s team find its own identity playing in what he considers one of the toughest Eight-Man districts in the state with the likes of Newell-Fonda, Remsen-St. Mary’s, West Bend-Mallard, Harris-Lake Park and Kingsley-Pierson.

Comments from Petersen: We lost an extremely special group of young men to graduation. We will miss their presence as leaders on the field and great young men off the field. Like I say about every senior group that goes through: they are irreplaceable. We can put other football players in their positions, but you can’t replace the unique traits, characteristics, and personalities of each kid. Those things become a part of the persona of your team. So, there is always an adjustment period of adapting and finding what that will look like with a new group.

I am not necessarily one who likes to use the terms rebuilding, reloading, or anything along those lines. I think what we do every single year is search for our identity with the new group of young men we have. No two groups are ever the same and even returners change from year to year.

We do return four starters this year, but they will most likely find themselves in new positions on the football field and in leadership positions for our team.

We will have a great opportunity to see where we are at prior to district play as we added a Week 0 game versus. Griswold. This will give us an additional non-district game to figure some things out before we start district play.

We only have 16 out this season, but we have a group that has put in a lot of work in the weight room this summer as well as on the practice field so far.

We are excited for the upcoming season, and for this group to gel and find their identity as young men and football players.


2019 Schedule

August: 23 - vs. Griswold; 30 - at Boyer Valley; September: 6 - vs. Woodbine; 13 - at West Bend-Mallard; 20 - vs. Harris-Lake Park; 27 - at Remsen-St. Mary’s; October: 4 - vs. Newell-Fonda; 11 - at Siouxland Christian/Whiting at Whiting; 18 - vs. Kingsley-Pierson; 25 - vs. River Valley

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Area Sports Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 12


Paton-Churdan at Ar-We-Va, 6 p.m.

Glidden-Ralston at Boyer Valley, 6 p.m.

IKM-Manning at Missouri Valley, 6 p.m.


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