Pigskin Preview: Rochester Rockets


 

School: Rochester High School

Mascot: Rockets

Head Coach: Derek Leonard

Years at School: 15

Overall Record: 144-31

Assistant Coaches: Steve Buecker, Derrick Nelson, J.C. Clarke, Rich McMahon, Tyson Corley, AJ Hill, Jim Smith, Eric Warren, Brett Tackett, Emmanuel Minter, Tyler Mazzini, Jim Rychel

Last Year’s Conference Record: 8-1

Last Year’s Overall Record: 11-2

Postseason: 4A Semifinals

2018 Team Scoring Average: 43.2

2018 Team Yards per Game Average: 476

2018 Team Yards per Game Passing: 238

2018 Team Yards per Game Rushing: 238

2018 Team Points Allowed Per Game: 21.3

2018 Team Yards Allowed Per Game: 274

2018 Team Yards Allowed per Game Passing: 152

2018 Team Yards Allowed Per Game Rushing: 122

School State Championships: 7

School Conference Championships: 4

Biggest Rival Game Every Year: SHG

Number of Players out this season: 100

Number of returning letterman: 40

Number of returning starters: 14

Offense: 8

Defense: 6

Top Returnees from 2018

Offensive: 

QB      Clay Bruno                 6’0       180      Sr

(145 for 235; 2494 Passing Yards; 27 Passing TD; 684 Rushing Yards; 9 Rushing TD)

OL       Chris Koerwitz           6’4       285      Sr

OL       Connor Sweeney         6’1       250      Sr

OL       Camden Ramsey         6’2       250      Sr

OL       Isaac Drum                 5’11     210      Sr

RB       David Yoggerst           5’10     180      Sr

(135 Carries; 852 Rushing Yards; 11 Rushing TD; 16 Catches; 301 Receiving Yards; 6 Receiving TD)

RB       Zach Gleeson              6’1       205      Sr

(80 Carries; 434 Rushing Yards; 9 Rushing TD)

FB       Clay Alewelt               6’3       215      Sr

RB       Jacob Durocher           6’0       180      Jr

(81 Carries; 846 Rushing Yards; 8 Rushing TD)

WR      Hank Beatty               5’11     170      So

(17 Catches; 244 Receiving Yards; 3 Receiving TD)

Defensive:

S          Logan Peters               5’10     160      Sr        (63 Total Tackles     2 INT)

DB      Jack Bruso                  5’9       150      Sr        (22 Total Tackles)

OLB    Dalton Tieman            5’10     170      Sr        (57 Total Tackles     1 INT)

DL       Chris Koerwitz           6’4       285      Sr        (19 Total Tackles)

DL       Connor Sweeney        6’1       250      Sr

DL       Camden Ramsey        6’2       250      Sr        (11 Total Tackles)

DL       Clay Alewelt              6’3       215      Sr        (37 Total Tackles     4 Sacks)

DL       Mitchell Morris          5’8       190      Sr        (30 Total Tackles     4 Sacks)

DL       Nathan Jackson          6’0       315      Sr        (9 Total Tackles)

DL       Dalton Garecht           6’2       225      Sr        (17Total Tackles)

DB       Jarrett Reed                5’9       170      Sr        (9 Total Tackles       3 INT)

DB       Jayden Myren             6’0       180      Sr        (38 Total Tackles)

DL       Matt Baker                  6’4       200      Jr         (16 Total Tackles)

Who are the newcomers we should know about and why?

Brayden Perisho – WR/DB – Junior – Long athletic kid who will play some DB and WR for us.

Wes Moore – OL/DL – Junior – Could play quite a bit on both sides of the ball.

Jake Gunter – ILB – Junior – Has really worked hard this summer.

What are the questions marks for this team heading into the 2019 season?

Filling in for our two best WRs/playmakers from last year. Cade and Riley did a lot on both sides of the ball for us, we are going to have to be able to replace that production.

What’s something unique about this team that’s worth noting? 

This will be our 10th year in the CS8.

Head Coach Derek Leonard says:

“This year might be the toughest year of this conference I think since the 2010 year. There are so many good teams. All these teams have division 1 kids and all the talent, it is going to be a competitive season this year.”