Rockhurst hasn’t experienced a losing football season since 1964. It’s overall record is an impressive 647-216-35.

Rockhurst hasn’t experienced a losing football season since 1964. It’s overall record is an impressive 647-216-35.

And as might be expected, the Hawklets will continue to roll this fall as one of the country’s top prep programs.

“We have experience and speed but play a tough schedule,” Rockhurst coach Tony Severino said. “We hope to be a factor come playoff time.”

Fourteen starters return from a 9-3 team, including quarterback Frank Arbanas and standout end Dan Tapko.

Sizing up the other independents:

HOGAN PREP
Hogan Prep comes off a banner 11-2 season.

No letdown is likely.

“We will be young,” coach Phil Lascuola said. “We graduated an awesome group. We will have speed. But what we do with it will be determined by the off season.”

O’HARA
O’Hara comes off a banner 12-2 season and advanced to the state Class 3 semifinals.

“We lost a ton of key players that have started for us the last three years,” coach Jim DeMarea said. “We need to replace the offensive line, quarterback and some receivers. We return two strong linebackers but need to replace almost the rest with younger players, who got little playing time.”

PEMBROKE HILL
The Red Raiders could improve upon a 5-5 season.

“The varsity squad returns a tremendous amount of experience,” coach Sam Knopik said. “We anticipate significant contributions from as many as 25 experienced players.”

Defense could be the strong point with the return of nine starters. Offensively, quarterback Jacob Gerson returns.

“With the full slate of returning experience and talent, 2010 looks to be a strong one for the Raiders,” Knopik said.

ST. PIUS X
The Warriors come off a rare 4-7 losing record.

This season appears brighter.

“Most of the offensive line is back and all seniors,” coach Rick Byers said. “We have three good quarterbacks to choose form. We have to fill lots of spots on defense.”

The Warriors are a member of the West Central Conference.