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Quarterback Dion Brooks and running back Thomas Adams execute one of this team's specialties, the option run. on their way to clinching
the Big 6 title against Galesburg.
Marcus Ballard fights for yardage during a Moline loss.
Rocks run wild
All the way to the playoffs
Fans and players jumped all over (he field as euphoria filled (he air. Rocky had just won a hard fought playoff battle against Aurora East. The team deserved this win. They had worked hard since before (he season began.
During the Summer the coaches knew the players had the talent for a successful team, but did they possess enough character and the right attitude. The players did possess these other essentials, along with a strong desire to win.
This desire stayed strong even though the Rocks dropped 2 of the first 3 games. After that they ran wild, rolling up six straight regular season wins. All of these games were important in the quest for the Big 6 crown. Including the Quincy game, where running back Thomas Adams won Prep of the Week honors, and the Moline game as Rocky revenged an earlier loss with the fine performance of quarterback Dion Brooks. The best played game came at East Moline. With the help of Russell Baker’s 251 yards rushing, the Rocks won. jumping into the conference lead. For his work Baker received many Quad City awards.
Making it to the quarterfinals took more than a great running game. The kicking game was very steady. Place kicker Mark Burrill and Punter Tim Daxon contributed enormously. The big play defense put the finishing touches to the Rocks complete team. A team that acted as one. Coach DcSuttcr remarked. "We pushed these kids harder than any before. Everyone of them was a great kid."
Front Row-Troy Mallet. Paul Carter, Paul Caruso. Scott Sheradcn, Russell Baker. Mark Burrill. Manuel Garcia. Chang Jung. Marcus Ballard. Ray Morrow. Head Coach Wayne DcSuttcr. Second Row Dion Brooks. Mark Bowker. Clancy Nunn. Don Moseley. Joel Kcim. Mike Carroll. Mark Bicrman. Robert Griffiths. Curtis Adams. Tom Zambrano. Coach Bill Burris, Coach Jim Brown. Third Row Brian Banks. Frank Graham. Anthony Talley. Jeff Vise. Ken Grawe. Bob Pcihl. Randy Grant. Thomas Adams. Jamie Allison, Albert Williams. Manager Ben Trice, Coach Jim Odonncll, Fourth Row Damian Burke. Bruce Burwcll.Joel Cole. Jerry Selman, Cary Hinzc. Tim Daxon. Jack Selsor. Brian Soltow, Wesley Cooper. Dennis Gerber. Manager Dan Bocye, (Uck Row Bobby Grant, Steve Woods. Scott Simmer. Kert Shuda. Fred Yonke, Jason Jones. Jeff Scott. Jim Shoff. William Clay. John Hass. Jack Passman
42 Varsity Football
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On the right track
Muffled claps echoed throughout Rocky's stadium during the state playoffs. Fans crowded in by the hundreds to watch "The Rocks” pour on another victory, and advance to Chicago’s second round.
Football is only one of the extra curricular sports presented at Rocky. Students that participated in athletics spent a lot of time and effort outside of school itself. It took much mental conditioning along with physical to become a successful athlete. Driving hard by setting individual goals sparked each event into a promising team. Sports were important not only to the athletes and school, but to the community as well.
Most athletes developed pride in themselves. pride in the school, and the desire to win. Sports gave the chance to show the quality and pride of Rock Island High School to everyone in. and around the community.
Athletes were true competitors who combined hard practice, knowledge, and good sportsmanship to reach their own important goals. Always they strived for the best and to respectfully represent the school in general. Athletes accomplishments and achievements gave them a giant step forward into the future.
Good coaching, hard work, team spirit, experience, knowledge, individual and team goals all worked together and got Rocky sports on the right track.
Rocky's girlv varsity basketball team practices on the full court press.
Struggling to get position for more points. Rocky wrestler Donald Gay pours on more power.
Ron Hotchkiss stretches high to get the tip to teammate Deson Binion.
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Coach DeSutter how hi opinion of the referee1 call a Coach Brown look on. The frown turned into milet. however, when the game w » over and Rocky had defeated Aurora Ea t. winning it' fir l playoff game ever.
Fan get in on the excitement a Ku cll Baker, a important contributor to the playoff victory. i» carried off the field by David Montgomery. Quincy Steele, and Tim Vright.
Davenport 4'e t R 1 34 OPP. 35
Marvhalltown 18 6
Moline (Home) 6 28
Alleman 6 20
Quincy 27 6
Moline (Away) 20 8
Eavt Moline 33 23
Gale burg 28 13
XTavhington 9 8
Playoff Aurora Ea t 17 14
Glenbar North 6 27
Von 7 Lo » 2
Bob Peihl and Bobby Grant combine on the quarterback ack. one of the many big play by the vpiritcd defen e again ! Davenport Ve t
Ruvvell Baker ■ on the loo e. leading hi team a win over Aurora
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