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2023 Football Season in Review

Sam Accurso, Prep News TV December 15, 2023

Prep News TV's Sam Accurso takes a look back at the most successful football season in five years at Rockhurst and looks ahead to what it will take to maintain it.  

Senior Thomas Coppinger raises the football in triumph after scoring a touchdown against Bishop Miege on Sept. 22, 2023. Rockhurst jumped out to an early lead and held on 21-14 to claim the rivalry game.

Making the Transition From Fall to Winter Sports

Mitch Forbes, Staff Writer December 7, 2023

Studies have shown that playing multiple sports helps athletes develop unique physical skills, but those who participate in sports in back-to-back seasons are also faced with unique challenges. The...

The team poses for pictures with the district championship trophy after beating top-seed Lees Summit North 24-21 on Nov. 10, 2023.

Hawklets Bottle Up Broncos When It Counts, Claim District Title

Prep News Staff November 17, 2023

The Hawklets arrived at Lee’s Summit North High School last Friday night for a highly anticipated game against the Broncos. They returned to State Line Road with a district championship trophy and a...

Junior Jeb Koetting and senior Thomas Coppinger (40) team up to tackle the Lees Summit West ball carrier during Rockhursts 31-8 rout of the Titans in their district contest on Nov. 3, 2023.

Photos: Rockhurst Throttles Titans

November 9, 2023

Rockhurst took on Lee's Summit West in each team's first game of districts on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023. The Hawklets defense largely shut down the Titans attack, while the Rockhurst offense rolled up 31 points...

Offensive players huddle up around head coach Kelly Donohoe during the first half of Rockhursts game against SLUH on Oct. 13, 2023. The Hawklets would go on to win 40-22.

Hawklets Head into Districts Off Rare Double-Bye

Mitch Forbes, Staff Writer October 30, 2023

The Hawklets’ football team concluded the regular season with a record of 8-1. This earned them the second seed in their district, a home playoff game, and a bye week to begin the playoffs. However,...

The football team stands with the yell leaders in front of the student section to sing the Rockhurst alma mater following their 40-22 win over SLUH on Oct. 13, 2023.

Hawklets Stop SLUH on Senior Night

Ted Truebner, Staff Writer October 22, 2023

Rockhurst football closed out their regular season in strong fashion, beating St. Louis University High School (SLUH) 40-22 on Oct. 13, 2023. The Hawklets controlled the game on both sides of the ball,...

Senior quarterback Ethan Hansen rolls to his right looking for a receiver during the varsity game against SLUH on Oct. 13, 2023. Hansen would throw for 242 yards and three touchdowns on Senior Night in leading the Hawklets to a 40-22 win. I trust my teammates to make plays when I give or pass them the ball and people wanted to make props to my teammates.

Photos: Rockhurst Rolls Against SLUH

October 19, 2023

In their last home game of the season, Rockhurst pulled away from Jesuit rival St. Louis University High (SLUH) to take the 40-22 win on Oct. 13, 2023. The win put the Hawklets' record at 7-1.  

Tension and Triumph: Rockhurst Overcomes 28-0 Deficit to Beat Aquinas in OT

Timmy Ottomanelli, Staff Reporter October 13, 2023

A four-score deficit. A furious comeback. Overtime. A blocked kick to end it. The rivalry game between Rockhurst and St. Thomas Aquinas was not short on tension or triumph--for the Hawklets, at least. Despite...

Junior defensive back Luke Kuechler waits with his teammates to run out onto the field ahead of Rockhursts game against Liberty North on Sept. 8, 2023.

The Story of the Stickers: How the Helmet Decals Motivate Players

Mitch Forbes, Staff Writer September 22, 2023

If you happen to be at Severino Field on Friday night, you will notice many of the Hawklet’s classic white helmets covered with little stickers. These stickers have decorated the helmets of Hawklet football...

Rockhursts defense waits for Blue Springs Souths offense to line up before a play during their game on Sept. 1, 2023. The Hawklets beat the Jaguars 47-10 en route to starting the season 2-0.

From 49 to 0, Improvement on ‘D’ a Key to Strong Start for Hawklets

Jackson Sifers, Staff Writer September 8, 2023

The Friday night lights are an iconic scene for many high schools all across the United States. It's no different at Rockhurst, a school that has historically been a part of big games that have generated...

Senior running back Aidan Ryan bursts through the line on his way to one of his four touchdowns against Blue Springs South. The Hawklets won 47-10 on Sept. 1, 2023 to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

Photos: Rockhurst Runs Over Blue Springs South

September 8, 2023

Rockhurst ran their record to 2-0 on the young season by running over Blue Springs South 47-10 on Sept. 1, 2023.   Photos by Andrew Zaragoza  

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