Rockets push past Titans, 30-12

Staff reports

EDGINGTON - - Rockridge blew open a close game in the fourth quarter to defeat the Monmouth-Roseville High School football team 30-12 on Friday night.

The Titans and Rockets exchanged scores through the first three quarters.

The Rockets struck first with 1:42 to go in the first half on a 10-yard run by David Lee for an 8-0 lead.

After an onside kick recovery to start the half, Drew Cole scored on a 29-yard run with 10:17 to go to make the score 8-6.

Monmouth-Roseville tried a second consecutive onside kick, which the Rockets recovered deep in Titans territory. With 7:16 to go in the quarter, Rockridge made the Titans pay for the mistake. Hunter Frakes scored on a one-yard run to make it 16-6 after the conversion.

The Titans responded with a touchdown drive that culminated in a Nate Farm one-yard run with 2:28 to go in the third. The conversion attempt failed with the referee ruling Farm down just before crossing the line. The period ended with Rockridge ahead 16-12.

The fourth quarter belonged to the Rockets. Tanner Martin scored on two-yard run with 10 minutes to play for a 22-12 lead. The Titans fumbled the ensuing drive away at the Rockets 40, allowing the hosts to begin a drive that lasted 7:17 and ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Frakes to Dylan Rowe to seal the game.

"Our defense played extremely well," said Rockridge head coach Jeremy Adolphson. "They allowed only a couple of first downs. We ran the ball very well in the second half. We did have a couple of missed opportunities but the kids played very well. Monmouth-Roseville is a physical smash-mouth team. The Titans are coming off of their second playoff run in a row but fell to 1-3 with the loss.

"I hope the kids gain some confidence with the win,' said Adophson. "It was our best football game. It got us back to .500. We have a big game coming up with Lena Winslow. It makes a difference whether you are 3-2 or 2-3 after the fifth week I think. Next week we have a chance to get over .500.“

The win felt especially good after a disappointing loss against Sherrard the week before.

"We watched the film and tried to fix our mistakes. We moved a couple of people into different positions. We had good practices all week. The kids were focused all week. As the game wore on I thought we got more confident. Every game is so important," said Adophson. "The only game that got away from us has been Sherrard."

Tanner Martin led the Rockridge offense with 91 yards on 17 carries. Rocket quarterback Hunter Frakes rushed for 55 yards on offense. He completed five of seven pass attempts for 78 yards and one touchdown. Dylan Rowe was the Rockets leading receiver catching all five of Frakes’ completions as well as intercepting one pass on defense.

Nick Mclaughlin led the Titans with 66 yards on 14 carries and a score. Cole was 5-for-17 for 37 yards with an interception. He also had 49 yards rushing and a touchdown.