This year in football, Rock Creek exceeded all expectations, improving their record from last year with a 8-3 win/loss record. There were returning starters from last year’s team, but the main goal was that the juniors this year had to really step their game up, and they did.
Rock Creek started their football season going to Wamego on Sept. 2. At first, the game was fought hard by both teams, but Rock Creek would end up pulling ahead to win, 50-14. The second game for Rock Creek was at home against the Chapman Fighting Irish on Sept. 9. In that game, Rock Creek was determined to win and ended up beating Chapman, 35-7. Then Rock Creek faced Wabaunsee in week 3 on Sept. 16, and beat them 35-7. In that game, though, junior Tyler Dillon injured his knee and would be ruled out for the rest of the season. Rock Creek would then beat St. Mary’s 63-28 on Sept. 23. Then Rock Creek would lose their next two games to Silver Lake, on Sept. 30, and Rossville, on Oct. 7. Marysville would be next, on Oct. 14, and in that game, Rock Creek came back from 16-7 at halftime and would outscore Marysville 43-12 in the second half to win 50-28. Rock Creek would then lose their last regular-season game to Riley County, but on the bright side, Rock Creek did make the playoffs.
Starting the playoffs, Rock Creek beat Atchison County on Nov. 1, 46-14, which advanced them to play Rossville in a rematch on Nov. 5. Then, on that Saturday, Rock Creek would trail 12-0 at half, but would pull it together in the second half to win 13-12. Rock Creek advanced to go play Caney Valley on Nov. 11, and beat them 16-8, which advanced them to play in the sub-state game at Silver Lake on Nov. 18, which they lost in a close match-up.
Rock Creek head coach Mike Beam said, “This season was good for the most part, but I feel like we could have done better at times. We really had the fastest team this year than we have ever had.”
Senior Eric Willard felt the same, saying, “Better than last year. What I liked was that the juniors stepped it up a lot.”
By Ryan Peckham, Staff Member