After trailing by five points early in the second quarter, Ar-We-Va reeled off 42 consecutive points en route to a lopsided 49-12 Eight-Man, District 1 victory over Remsen-St. Mary’s on Friday night at Westside.
Celebrating with a homecoming win, fourth-ranked Ar-We-Va improved to 3-0 in District 8 and 5-0 overall going into this Friday’s district showdown with No. 6 and unbeaten Newell-Fonda (5-0, 3-0) at Newell.
Ar-We-Va led 7-6 after the first quarter, but a 40-yard touchdown for RS-M with 9:16 left in the second put the Hawks up 12-7.
That would be all for R-SM, though, as the host Rockets posted a shutout from that point on.
Ar-We-Va scored 18 of its 49 points on three defensive scores.
Will Ragaller picked up a fumble and returned it six yards for a score in the third quarter, while Drew Schurke and Keegan Simons both intercepted passes in the fourth quarter and returned them for scores of 20 and 30 yards, respectively.
Simons, who ran the ball 15 times for 37 yards, also was 5-of-13 for 75 yards through the air with two TD throws of 37 yards to Derek Oeser and 26 yards to Schurke.
Schurke also was 3-of-3 for 58 yards passing with a pair of TD throws to Oeser for 28 and three yards.
Schurke ran the ball 20 times for 150 yards, adding two catches for 29 yards with a 30-yard field goal to his credit late in the second that put the Rockets up 16-12 at halftime.
Oeser finished the night with four receptions for 75 yards.
Defensively, Schurke had 11.5 tackles with his interception return for a TD. Ben Von Glan added 9 tackles with a QB sack.
Ragaller also had 7.5 tackles with a fumble recovery for a score.
Simons finished with eight tackles and an interception for a score.
Wyatt Neumann had 5.5 tackles and Dalton Ehlers had 5 tackles with two QB sacks to his credit.
"While we had a sluggish first half, I felt like we played our best half of football of the year in the second half," commented Ar-We-Va coach Chris Petersen.
"Our defense was stellar once again with three touchdowns. We didn’t convert on a number of opportunities offensively in the first half, but we did a tremendous job of controlling the line of scrimmage in the second half," added the Rocket boss.