"We came out and did what we needed to do," said R-U head coach Colin Youde. "It was a good way to end the season and get our JV guys some PT at the end of the game.
"We finished out our regular season winning five straight games and kept ourselves healthy going into the playoffs."
R-U (6-3, 5-2) began the season 1-3, including two losses to the top two teams in Class 8-Man District 1, Harris-Lake Park (7-2, 6-1) and No. 7 Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn (9-0, 7-0), by a combined 11 points. The Rockets then reeled off five straight district wins, including Friday's win over Whiting (1-8, 1-6), by an average of more than 39 points.
R-U's first play from scrimmage Friday was a 50-yard touchdown pass from Cam Kuchel to Tanner Hilbrands. The Rockets led 8-0 after the 2-point conversion by Jeremy Sanchez.
Sanchez scored the Rockets' second touchdown on a running play. R-U led 14-0 after the failed 2-point attempt.
Hilbrands caught a 24-yard touchdown pass later in the first quarter. Max Kiesling kicked the extra point and R-U led 21-0. Kiesling was 5-for-5 on PAT's in the game.
R-U would go ahead 42-0 early in the fourth quarter on a perfectly lofted ball from Kuchel to Ethan Van Dam for a 30-yard touchdown pass.
Kuchel was 4-for-5 passing for 115 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore Nick Schroeder threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Danny Smith on his only throw of the game.
Sanchez ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Austin Schmidt ran for 35 yards and a 6-yard touchdown on five rushing attempts.
R-U ran 29 times for 198 yards with eight different ball carriers against Whiting.
Austin Felts made seven solo tackles and made 11 total tackles in the game. Danny Smith made eight solo tackles and assisted on one more. Andrew Hagert made seven solo tackles, two assisted tackles and two sacks.
Schmidt and Van Dam each finished with nine total tackles. Hilbrands made six total tackles and one interception.
R-U will now go to former district opponent Laurens-Marathon (7-2, 5-2), the second place team from Class 8-Man District 2, on Wednesday in the first round of the playoffs.
"Defensively they're a very good tackling team. They're a very disciplined, well-coached team. Their coach has been there for a long time and does a great job.
"We like our matchup since we've seen them before in years past. We've played well against Laurens the last couple of times that we have played them. We feel good about the team that we're playing. We kind of know who they are and what they do."