Rockhurst Hawklets football

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The Rockhurst Hawklets football team is one of the most successful high school football programs in Missouri . The team is composed of students from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri and has made the most state championship appearances of any school in Missouri. Their main rivals are Blue Springs High School, Blue Springs South High School, and Jefferson City High.

Championships[edit]

Rockhurst is the only school to win a championship in each major state championship venue in the state of Missouri: Busch Stadium, Arrowhead Stadium, Faurot Field at the University of Missouri, and the Edward Jones Dome. The program also won a championship in a "non-championship" venue: its first championship, in 1971, at William Chrisman High School, against St. Louis Beaumont.

Its nine football championships is ranked fourth in Missouri history, behind Jefferson City, Valle Catholic, and Webb City high schools. The team has been to more state championships (14) than any other school.[1] Five Rockhurst teams have won Missouri state championships with perfect records: 1971, 2000, 2002, 2007, and 2010. The 2000, 2002, 2007, and 2010 teams finished the season nationally ranked 14th, 6th, 20th, and 19th respectively.[2][3] All teams finished the season undefeated with records of 14-0, 13-0, 13-0, and 14-0 respectively. The back-to-back state championship teams of 1986 and 1987 also finished nationally ranked, 14th and 13th respectively (after finishing 11-1 and 12-1).[4][5]

Additionally, the last three head coaches of Rockhurst's football team, Al Davis, Jr., Jerry Culver, and Tony Severino, are all members of Missouri's High School Coaches Hall of Fame, and all won state championships with the Hawklets. Davis was a three-time recipient of the Knute Rockne Award, and Severino was named USA Today's National Coach of the Year in 2000.[6]

State championship appearances[edit]

Year Record Result
1969 9-3 Runner-Up
1971 11-0 Champions
1973 10-2 Runner-Up
1981 12-1 Champions
1982 13-1 Runner-Up
1983 12-2 Champions
1986 11-1 Champions
1987 12-1 Champions
1989 10-3 Runner-Up
1999 12-2 Runner-Up
2000 14-0 Champions
2002 13-0 Champions
2007 13-0 Champions
2010 14-0 Champions
2014 12-2 Runner-up
State Championships 9
State Runners-up 6

Player awards[edit]

The most outstanding high school football player in the greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area is awarded what was first christened the Dr. D.M. Nigro Award in 1931, and known since 1983 as the Thomas A. Simone Memorial Award. The following are the Rockhurst players who have won this award:

  • 1939 – John Steck
  • 1942 – Len Lecluyse
  • 1947 – Bob Williams
  • 1952 – Alonzo Robinson
  • 1954 – Alex George, Jr.
  • 1971 – Chris Cummings
  • 1974 – Carl Tutorino
  • 1986 – Tim Ryan
  • 1987 – Kenyon Rasheed
  • 1998 – Sean Doyle
  • 1999 – Brandon Shelby
  • 2007 – Nathan Scheelhaase

Record[edit]

By coach[edit]

As of Oct. 27, 2014

Year Coach Years at RHS W L T Winning %
1916 Charlie Alan 1 5 2 0 71.4%
1917 Louis Gainey 1 2 3 2 28.6%
1918 Doc Nigro 1 1 1 1 33.3%
1919-1925 Pat Mason 7 27 17 6 54.0%
1926-1935 Ed Halpin 10 52 21 6 65.8%
1936-1940 Martin O’Keefe 5 27 10 3 67.5%
1941-1945 Godfrey Kobets 5 34 6 1 82.9%
1946-1948 Ralph Cormany 3 20 6 1 74.05%
1949-1950 Gerry Connelly 2 12 4 1 70.6%
1951 Dick Deitchman 1 5 4 0 55.6%
1952-1975 Al Davis, Jr. 24 154 66 13 66.1%
1976-1982 Jerry Culver 7 63 16 0 79.7%
1983–present Tony Severino 31 302 70 1 81.0%
Totals 97 704 227 35 72.9%
Statistics as of the end of the 2007 season.
† Member of the Missouri Coaches Hall of Fame

By opponent[edit]

As of October 7, 2015

School Years Record**
De LaSalle 1918-1970 32-13-5
Southwest 1925-1995 26-3-5
KCKS Catholic/Ward 1916-1978 26-18-3
Blue Springs 1981-2015 28-22-0
Jefferson City 1976-2014 24-14-0
Paseo 1926-1963 23-11-2
Lee’s Summit 1919-2005 21-1-0
St. Agnes/Bishop Miege 1957-1984 21-6-1
Columbia Hickman 1971-2015 22-9-0
Liberty 1917-2013 18-7-0
Pem Day 1916-1959 16-1-1
North Kansas City 1941-2001 16-6-0
Blue Springs South 1995-2015 15-6-0
Lee’s Summit North 1996-2011 14-0-0
Hogan 1943-1963 13-0-0
Southeast 1938-2001 13-2-0
Raytown South 1966-1993 13-6-0
Raytown 1955-1999 13-7-1
Oak Park 1973-2005 12-1-0
Northeast 1930-1952 12-3-0
Glennon 1943-1954 11-1-0
St. Benedict/Maur Hill 1927-1960 11-2-1
Joplin 2002-2011 10-0-0
Redemptorist 1943-1954 10-1-0
Grandview 1979-1993 9-0-0
St. Thomas Aquinas, KS 1991-1999 9-0-0
Lillis 1943-1954 9-0-3
O’Hara 1971-1981 9-1-1
Columbia Rock Bridge 1981-2014 9-1-0
Westport 1929-1972 9-1-0
SM West, KS 1974-1990 9-6-0
Immaculata 1933-1941 8-1-0
SM East, KS 1963-2016 9-3-0
St. Joseph Catholic/Christian Bro. 1916-1949 8-5-3
KC Central 1924-1997 8-7-1
SM Northwest, KS 1981-1988 7-0-0
Kapaun/Mt. Carmel, KS 1957-1986 7-2-0
Ruskin 1964-1978 7-3-0
Truman 1966-1995 6-0-0
Van Horn 1969-1990 6-0-0
St. Louis Sumner 1973-2001 6-2-0
Springfield Kickapoo 1989-2014 6-0-0
Hazelwood Central 1981-2010 5-0-0
Garden City, KS 1996-2001 5-1-0
Hutchinson 2008-2013 5-1-0
St. Pius X 1962-1974 5-1-0
SM North, KS 1946-1980 5-2-0
William Chrisman 1921-1993 5-6-0
Park Hill 1982-1989 4-0-0
St. Peter/Helias 1942-1948 4-0-0
Topeka Cath./Hayden 1923-1960 4-0-0
Wyandotte 1973-1986 4-0-0
KC East 1930-1982 4-1-1
St. Mary’s, KS 1922-1930 4-1-0
Argentine 1916-1941 4-4-0
Ft. Smith Northside, AR 1987-1997 4-6-1
Raymore Peculiar 2010-2012 3-0-0
St. Joseph Central 1983-1989 3-0-0
Winnetonka 1981-1989 3-0-0
Carrollton 1919-1926 3-4-0
Central AC 1917-1918 2-0-0
Dallas Jesuit, TX 2002-2003 2-0-0
Fayetteville, AR 1989-1990 2-0-0
Gulf Shores Acad., TX 2002-2003 2-0-0
Hickman Mills 1987-1989 2-0-0
KC Lincoln 1955-1956 2-0-0
Lincoln East, NE 1983-1984 2-0-0
Minnetonka, MN 2007-2008 2-0-0
Olathe North, KS 1998-1999 2-0-0
Park Hill South 2000-2001 2-0-0
Rosemount, MN 1994-1995 2-0-0
SM South, KS 1987-1988 2-0-0
Warrensburg 1923-1924 2-0-0
Wichita Northwest, KS 1994-1995 2-0-0
E. St. Louis Lincoln, IL 1987-2013 2-1-0
Lincoln Southeast, NE 1991-1993 2-1-0
Becker, MN 2006-2006 1-0-0
Center 1985-1985 1-0-0
DeSoto 1920-1920 1-0-0
Dowling, IA 1982-1982 1-0-0
Edina, MN 2002-2002 1-0-0
Edmond Santa Fe, OK 2007-2007 1-0-0
Har-Ber, AR 2014-2015 1-1-0
Harrisonville 1922-1922 1-0-0
Haskel 1947-1947 1-0-0
Henderson Basic, NV 2000-2000 1-0-0
Hopkins, MN 2001-2001 1-0-0
Joliet Catholic, IL 2002-2002 1-0-0
KC Sumner, KS 1965-1965 1-0-0
Lathrop 1916-1916 1-0-0
Lindbergh 2002-2002 1-0-0
Manuel 1929-1929 1-0-0
Osawatamie, KS 1939-1939 1-0-0
Pattonville 2000-2000 1-0-0
Poplar Bluff 1985-1985 1-0-0
Smithville 1926-1926 1-0-0
St. Louis University High 1983-1983 1-0-0
Waterloo West, IA 1991-1991 1-0-0
Ctry. Club Dist. AC 1916-1917 1-1-1
Desmet 2005-2007 1-1-0
Higginsville 1920-1922 1-1-0
Mehlville 1999-2007 1-1-0
Mullin, CO 2008-2009 1-1-0
Springdale, AR 1984-1988 1-2-0
Bentonville, AR 2012-2015 1-3-0
KCKU Prep 1919-1919 0-0-1
Norborne 1922-1922 0-0-1
Odessa 1923-1923 0-0-1
Abilene, TX 2005-2005 0-1-0
Excelsior Springs 1917-1917 0-1-0
Evangel Christian, LA 2003-2003 0-1-0
Gardner 1917-1917 0-1-0
Hazelwood East 1989-1989 0-1-0
Joplin Parkwood 1975-1975 0-1-0
Marshall 1925-1925 0-1-0
McCluer 1969-1969 0-1-0
McLouth 1922-1922 0-1-0
Overland Aurora, CO 1995-1995 0-1-0
Richmond 1932-1932 0-1-0
Webb City 2014-2015 0-2-0

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