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Rockets move to 3-0 with rout of Wolverines

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Rocket football vs. WB-m

Ar-We-Va ran its season record to 3-0 on Friday night with a 38-22 victory over West Bend-Mallard in the Eight-Man, District 1 opener for both teams at Westside.

Ar-We-Va quarterback Keegan Simons had another monster game through the air for the Rockets, completing 20-of-35 attempts for 359 yards with five touchdown passes.

Three of the five TD throws went to Drew Schurke, who hauled in 11 catches for 216 yards and scoring passes of 44, 54 and 18 yards.

Simons also had TD throws of 28 yards to Will Ragaller and 18 yards to Derek Oeser.

Oeser finished the night with five receptions for 103 yards for a Rocket team that entered the contest ranked seventh in the state’s Eight-Man poll by the Associated Press.

Ar-We-Va led 13-0 just five minutes into the game after Simons and Schurke hooked up for TD connections of 44 and 54 yards.

Schurke added a 37-yard field goal with 10:48 left in the second to make it 16-0.

WB-M got to within 16-8 on a 42-yard TD pass and two-point conversion with 8:08 remaining. with 1:02 left in before halftime put Ar-We-Va up 24-8 at the break.

The lone score of the third quarter came on an 18-yard pass from Simons to Oeser, as the Rockets led 31-8 going into the fourth.

WB-M made it 31-16 at the 7:27 mark of the fourth on a two-yard TD run and two-point conversion.

Simons and Schurke then hooked up from 18 yards out to make it 38-16 with 5:20 remaining.

The Wolverines ended the game’s scoring on a 10-yard TD pass with 3:46 left to play.

Defensively for Ar-We-Va, Ragaller led in tackles with 13.5. Oeser and Schurke each had nine tackles.

Wyatt Neumann added 8.5 tackles. Simons also had 6.5 tackles with a QB sack and interception.

Dalton Ehlers contributed six tackles as well for the Rockets. Ben Von Glan wound up with five tackles, including a QB sack.

Damon Ehlers also had three tackles with a sack to his credit.

"This was a nice way to open our district season," commented Ar-We-Va coach Chris Petersen.

"We were a little sloppy at times on offense, as we dropped some passes, lost two fumbles and were off at times on our timing with receivers. We were still able to compile over 400 yards of offense thanks to a big night through the air for Simons," he added.

"Overall, we did a good job of executing our pass offense and were able to get behind their defensive backs."

"On the defensive side of the ball, we did another nice job of playing team defense. We had a couple of lapses in coverage which led (either directly or indirectly) to their three scores," Petersen noted.

"I was very happy with our level of physicality against the run. We did a nice job overall of stopping the run game, which was our key heading into the game."

"Overall, it was another very solid performance by our kids and a big district opening win. We will need to continue to play fundamental football and improve in order to be successful next week against a very good Harris Lake Park team," Petersen said.

Harris-Lake Park is 1-0 in District 1 and 2-1 overall after a 44-6 victory over River Valley on Friday night at Correctionville.

Score by Quarters

WB-M..................0 8 0 14 - 22

Ar-We-Va..........13 11 7 7 - 38

Ragaller’s 28-yard TD pass from Simons and a two-point conversion

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Area Sports Schedule

Thursday, Feb. 14


Denison-Schleswig JV/V B at Atlantic, 6 p.m.

West Harrison at Ar-We-Va B, 8 p.m.

Boyer Valley B at Exira/EH-K, 8 p.m.

IKM-Manning B vs. West Bend-Mallard at Newell, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15


Ar-We-Va G at Newell-Fonda, 7 p.m.

IKM-Manning G vs. Woodbury Central at Denison, 7 p.m.


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