DeAndre Oaks-Owens earned his first O-K Black All-Conference nod this season as a junior. A two-year starter at his cornerback position, Deandre often took away one side of the field for opponent’s passing games. He finished with 6 interceptions on the year. Fortunately, the “No Fly Zone” returns next season in the Rockets’ quest to return to state prominence. Congratulations DeAndre!
In just the second year of having both a 7th and an 8th grade football team within the greater Reeths-Puffer Football Program, significant gains have been made in Rocket Football. From JV to 7th grade, numbers are up and continuity in instruction is leading to improvement in the win-loss column across the board.
While the 8th grade squad did not finish with the record they had hoped for, there is no shortage of talent or desire in this group of kids. Each and every game Coach Tescari, Coach Pallett, and Coach Barnes had their players battling until the end. Despite a few close losses, the coaches felt their kids got better and better as the season went on. There is no doubt that the lessons these kids learned this season will pay dividends for them in their high school years. A solid off-season of competing in other sports, competing in the classroom, and hitting the weights will make for a heck of a freshman squad next season.
The 7th grade squad turned more than a few heads this season with an undefeated, 6-0 record! The Rockets had no shortage of firepower behind a strong offensive line and powerful backs. Defensively, the Rockets were stingy, often preventing their opponents from scoring a single point! Increased numbers in the coming years should prove to make this an even more dominating class moving forward. Coach Shunta and Coach Webb credit their success to the passion these kids played with not only during games but also at practice. Congrats to Coach Shunta, Coach Webb, and the entire 7th grade squad for a wonderful season we are all very proud of!
The Reeths-Puffer Football Program’s 3rd annual “Program Night”, in which the entirety of the football family–mini mites to Varsity–are celebrated together, is this Friday in the Varsity’s home game vs. Mona Shores. All football players, coaches, and cheerleaders are encouraged to arrive to Rocket Stadium no later than 6:00pm wearing their green and white to take part in the event on the football field. Kids and coaches will cheer on the Varsity while they warm up, meet the players in uniform, and even partake in the experience. Simply bring your youngster to the track by 6:00pm for directions. Thank you in advance for everyone helping to make this event a wonderful symbol of our Rocket community and football family!
Friday also marks Teacher Appreciation Night for our 7th through 12th grader football players. During the week, each young man will have delivered a hand-written letter of appreciation to an educator, counselor, or administrater who has had an impact on their life. Additionally, the letter serves as an invitation to the staff tailgate prior to the game as well as the opportunity to be recognized in front of our amazing Rocket City crowd!
All in all, Friday’s game vs. cross-town rival, Mona Shores, should be a wonderful evening for Rocket City! We Are!