RC Stevens football team hopes to continue upward trend
RAPID CITY, S.D. – After finishing 3-7 in 2021 and falling to Harrisburg in the first round of the playoffs, the Rapid City Stevens football team looks to continue trending in the right direction, as it embarks on a new season.
While three wins may not sound like much, the Raiders have enjoyed steady improvement considering they went 0-7 during the shortened COVID season in 2020.
Stevens lost 19 seniors to graduation including starters Uriah Glynn and Ben Goldy.
But the Raiders still return a core group of players.
Senior quarterback Jed Jenson is back for his third season.
Last year, he passed for around 1,800 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Other players looking to have a big role this year include Julian Scott, Corter Doney, and Cael Meisman who transferred from Rapid City Central.
“On that offensive line, I have a young junior Thomas Martian who’s leading,” said Stevens head coach Michael Scott. “Arell Lopez who’s another one of my seniors who’s leading by example. I have quite a few seniors that have really stepped up. They have really stepped up and have embraced the challenge of leading this football team. And I have younger players. Young Tate Crosswait. He’s a junior this year. But he’s bigger, stronger, faster. Looking at him from a year ago, he’s a totally different player.”
Coach Scott said he tried to simplify things this year and continue to focus on plays that worked for the Raiders last season.
Overall, he feels his team is moving in the right direction.
“The goal is to simplify things so that from an offensive standpoint it’s a lot easier for our players to read and understand,” said Scott. “Defensively, we’re going to continue to try to be aggressive. But also make it to the point of where our players understand what’s going on. Where they need to be at all times and most importantly, just continue to build on the physical style of football that we want to play here at Stevens.”
“We have to take it day by day,” said Stevens defensive back Corter Doney. “I wouldn’t necessarily say even game. I would say day by day everyday. I alway tell the boys we’ve got to make yesterday jealous of today. We just got to keep moving forward.”
RC Stevens 2022 Schedule
Aug. 27 vs SF Washington 5 p.m.
Sept. 2 @ Douglas 6 p.m.
Sept. 9 vs Harrisburg 6 p.m.
Sept. 16 @ SF O’Gorman 5 p.m.
Sept. 23 @ Brandon Valley 5 p.m.
Sept. 30 vs SF Lincoln 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 vs SF Jefferson 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 @ SF Roosevelt 5 p.m.
Oct. 20 vs RC Central 6 p.m.