Rocky River Football

Youth Football Signup 3rd – 6th Grade

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Fall Rec Football 3rd – 6th Grade


  • 3rd – 4th graders in the 2023 – 2024 School Year (Graduation years 2032 and 2033) – Padded Flag – Prior to Rookie Tackle, the USA Football model has what they call Limited Contact (Padded Flag), this allows players to better transition from flag to tackle and allows a step prior to entering Rookie Tackle. All levels of football are important but from a major safety standpoint this may be the most important of all. The next piece to the puzzle is having kids play football in full gear allowing them to understand how to properly use this equipment for their protection. This step helps to promote heads up football and safety to ensure our children enjoy playing football for years to come as healthy well-rounded individuals. Adding equipment to children is an important step and deserves attention.
  • 5th Graders in the 2023 – 2024 School Year (Graduation year 2031) – Rookie Modified Tackle – This level of football is part of USA Football’s Football Development Model and serves as a bridge between flag football and full-field tackle. This allows players to add an extra step incorporating the basic fundamentals of tackling before going 11 on 11. It also allows for some to continue to develop before moving on to the final progression in our program. This is full contact tackle football just in a smaller format. Rookie Tackle allows coaches to be more thorough teaching fundamentals to smaller groups. At this level our goals should be to reinforce fundamental football and safety while incorporating tackling. More info in this video from USA Football (
  • 6th Graders in the 2023 – 2024 School Year (Graduation year 2030) – 11 on 11 Tackle – This is where it all comes together, not just for the kids but parents and coaches alike. This is where we continue to focus on fundamental football by honing our craft at dedicated positions. The fruits of our labor should be on display at this point as more kids should be prepared to play at a higher and safer level. This part of our program acclimates kids to bigger groups, the need to work on their craft at home and begin owning responsibility to their own development.

How to sign up:

  1. Click Here!
  2. 2023 Fall Programs> Youth Sports> Youth Football Fall 2023
  3. Select Program
  4.  Click Signup Icon on the right
  5. Fill out form and submit


Marooners Tail Gate Party

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Celebrate and support small-town football before every HOME Pirate football game.

Who: Marooners invite all former RRHS football players, parents/friends/families of current RRHS football players, RR youth football players and families, and Pirate fans!!

What: Stop by to catch-up with old and current friends, purchase Marooners “swag” and enjoy the comradeship among those who love the game of football. BYOB.

When: 5:00pm – 7:30pm (through the First Quarter of the game)

Where: Martin’s Deli Parking Lot – 20505 Detroit Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116


Marooners Donor Form

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We realize receiving donations is a PRIVILEGE – your deductible donation will be used to support RR Football. If you would like to get involved with The Marooners, please contact a board member listed on the website. Click to print donor form (PDF)



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Date Opponent Result
8/207:00p Midview (Grafton, OH) Location: Rocky River High School  (W) 56 – 24
8/277:00p Firelands (Oberlin, OH) Location: Rocky River High School  (W) 45 – 14
9/27:00p @ Valley Forge (Parma Heights, OH) * Location: Valley Forge High School  (L) 30 – 29
9/107:00p Lakewood (Lakewood, OH) * Location: Rocky River High School  (L) 21 – 14
9/177:00p @ Elyria Catholic (Elyria, OH) * Location: Elyria Catholic High School  (W) 21 – 20
9/247:00p @ Bay (Bay Village, OH) * Location: Bay High School
10/17:00p Fairview (Fairview Park, OH) * Location: Rocky River High School
10/87:00p Westlake (Westlake, OH) * Location: Rocky River High School
10/157:00p @ North Olmsted (North Olmsted, OH) * Location: North Olmsted High School


Date Opponent Result
8/2110:00a @ Midview (Grafton, OH) Location: Midview High School (L) 24 – 12
9/34:30p Valley Forge (Parma Heights, OH) Location: Rocky River High School (W) 28 – 0
9/1110:00a @ Lakewood (Lakewood, OH) Location: Lakewood High School  (L) 12 – 6
9/1810:00a Elyria Catholic (Elyria, OH) Location: Rocky River High School
10/210:00a @ Fairview (Fairview Park, OH) Location: Fairview High School
10/910:00a @ Westlake (Westlake, OH) Location: Westlake High School
10/1610:00a North Olmsted (North Olmsted, OH) Location: Rocky River High School

Posted ago by ErinKehn

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7th grade report

Posted ago by ErinKehn

7th grade report
Win 29-0 over Greenbriar
2nd shoutout of the season
Parker Hartup 2 TD’s
Stan Heuler TD
Mack Massad TD, 2-2pt Conversion, 1- kick conversion Aiden Andrako and Reese Vaughan paved the way on the line on both sides Outstanding defensive effort by Hartup, Jack McBride who registered 2 sacks

Pirates ANNIHILATE Collinwood – Rocky River 35 : Collinwood 0

Posted ago by ErinKehn

By Rachel L. Hill, Special to
on September 09, 2017 12:11 AM

Rocky River defeated Collinwood 35-0 Friday night in a non-conference matchup and moves to 2-1 on the season. Collinwood drops to 0-3.

Rocky River had touchdowns from Ryan O’Donnell, Michael Finnegan, Antonio Atwater and Dameon Crawford.

Collinwood continues to seek its first victory next week when it hosts Shaker Heights. Next week Rocky River (2-1) travels to Holy Name.

Rocky River (1-0) 35 vs Fairview 6: Pirates defense stifles Warriors

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The Morning Journal
By Anthony Moujaes,, @MJournalSports on Twitter

Rocky River’s offense garnered attention in double-digit wins in recent years against rival Fairview.

For at least the first half on Aug. 25, the Pirates had to lean on their defense, while the offense got on track before the pulling away for a 35-6 victory against the Warriors at Rocky River Stadium in the season opener.

Senior running back Dameon Crawford ran for 135 yards and scored three touchdowns, and first-year starting quarterback Michael Finnegan threw three touchdowns for the Pirates, seeking to reclaim the Great Lakes Conference trophy they shared in 2015 and a return to the playoffs after a 6-4 record last fall.

“It was nice to see. You have the experience in the backfield, and we’re inexperienced at quarterback and we have some young receivers on the outside, so we got some nice experience tonight,” Rocky River coach Josh Wells said.

“We were flying around and making plays, and they played well,” he said.

The Pirates were occasionally victim to what Wells called “growing pains” on the night, committing the game’s only turnover and seven penalties.

“We’re going to go through some stuff and they knew that,” he said of his team. “Some stuff on defense, our blitz angles were a little poor and we’ve got to fix that, but it’s a good start to the season.”

Crawford broke open a tight 14-6 game in the third quarter with two scoring runs, bursting through the middle for a 42-yard touchdown and later finding pay dirt from 2 yards out. The Pirates never looked back on the way to a fourth straight win against Fairview.

“We missed as lot of tackles, on him (Crawford) specifically. He’s a good runner, but we have to be better tacklers, and when you’re tackling a kid like that who has varsity experience and you don’t, it’s tough,” Fairview coach Dave Latkovic said.

The only score for Fairview, 4-6 a year ago, came in the second quarter on Jack Provenza’s run from 3 yards away after he broke free in front of the Warrior sideline for an 82-yard jaunt a play earlier. Provenza had a team-high 91 yards on six carries, while quarterback Tommy McNamara completed 2 of 7 attempts for 27 yards, both to Ryan Grealis.

“We had a lot of guys going both ways, and we got worn down a little bit,” Latkovic said. “Their staff has been together longer than we have. This is our first year, and we’re teaching our guys to play tenacious and our kids have got a ways to learn. So we had to put some young guys in there and I think they panicked, some sophomores and some kids that hadn’t played varsity football, and I think the inexperience is what hurt us.

“I’m proud of my kids and I think if we keep getting better every week, we’ll have a nice season.”

Rocky River’s first possession of the game was a 10-play scoring drive, capped by Popovich’s 5-yard scoring catch on a run fake from Finnegan. Crawford provided their only other score of the first half, taking a short screen pass from Finnegan and dodging defenders for a 17-yard score with 5:53 left in the second quarter for a 14-6 lead.

After halftime, Wells said his squad settled down. “[We] didn’t want to lose. We knew it was always a dogfight and they always come to play and they’re a physical team,” Wells said. “Coach Latkovic’s got them going.”

The Pirates allowed just 171 yards of offense to Fairview and five first downs, while racking up 425 yards — 193 on the ground, and 232 through the air. Finnegan, who was 17 of 26 passing, added a late touchdown pass to Ryan O’Donnell with seconds left in the game — something Latkovic took issue with.

“Even at the end when we had backups in, they’re throwing the ball all over the place, which I think is classless and I think everyone here would agree with,” Latkovic said.

The teams opened the 2016 season against one another, with Rocky River rolling to a 53-13 victory. The recent history of the series has gone the Pirates’ way as well — they’ve outscored the Warriors 182-31.

Rocky River takes on Buckeye in the second of three straight home games to open the year. Fairview faces Wickliffe in its home-opener Friday.


Posted ago by RohanGhosh

The Marooners is leading a school-wide initiative of student service and learning that will culminate in a pink-out of the Rocky River Stadium on October 20, 2017 for the RR vs. Parma football game.

The purpose is to engage students, faculty, staff and the community in both recognizing and addressing the needs of those who have been and are affected by cancer.  The intention of the initiative is to engage multiple student organizations in the service of individuals and organizations in the cancer community through fundraising, service projects, and learning opportunities so that all students have a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the disease and those afflicted with it.  The Pink Ribbon Game will be a testimony to the learning and support of the students.

While The Marooners is leading the initiative with resources, both financial and administrative, the Pink Ribbon Game will only be successful with the cooperation and leadership of all stakeholders involved in Friday Nights and the local cancer community.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated every October in order to bring awareness to the disease.  The National Football League is a noteworthy supporter of breast cancer awareness.  It is an obvious connection to HS Football.

Cuyahoga County is particularly hard hit by Cancer both in terms of state and national rankings. Nearly 500 per 100,000 residents suffer from some form of cancer.  Lung cancer and breast cancer in particular are cancer types disproportionately affecting Cuyahoga County residents.


Over the years, the Rocky River community and Rocky River High School have been generous supporters of the local cancer community.  The Pink Ribbon Game and the initiatives leading up to it are a visible and motivated effort to address breast cancer awareness and research in the community.  However, we would be remiss if we did not take this learning and service opportunity to recognize the disease of cancer in all its types.  Therefore we are supporting three organizations this year:

Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio

                The Gathering Place

                Prayers From Maria

There are multiple ways to support these organizations.  One is to make a donation directly at: (COMING SOON).  The other is to buy a pink t-shirt (Available through the RRHS Spirit Wear Shop after 9/20/17).


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