Despite a blustery wind and a handful of early mistakes, Rockwood used a big second half to top Turkeyfoot Valley 40-11 on Saturday.

The win ensures a second postseason berth in as many years for the Rockets (5-2), who celebrated with a large homecoming crowd.

But it wasn’t a smooth ride for Rockwood at the outset. After Tyler Baker’s 3-yard touchdown run on their opening possession, the Rockets grounded themselves with three turnovers.

Turkeyfoot Valley (1-6) answered with Joshua Valdez’s 25-yard field goal to cut the deficit in half.

But the Rams squandered a few opportunities of their own. Just before the half, Turkeyfoot looked to even the score. But Rockwood’s Seth Foreman extended to knock down Valdez’s second field goal attempt and keep the score 6-3.

As the Homecoming court was announced, Rockwood co-coach Adam Rullo urged his team not to let their rivals from the south hang around.

“I wasn’t pleased with the first half,” he said. “We came out flat. I fired them up at the half and they responded.”

It was evident as soon as the second half began. Rockwood quickly turned a Turkeyfoot turnover into points, as Baker scored on a 1-yard run. Baker finished with 12 carries for 63 yards and three touchdowns.

The Rockets began to pull away late in the third quarter. Eli Traup connected with Foreman for the first of their two touchowns. Traup was 7-for-9 for 147 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.

Turkeyfoot did have a few bright spots. Junior quarterback Cody Colflesh showcased his speed on the Rams only touchdown, and Nathan Glass carried 15 times for 100 yards. As the Rams wrap up their season next week against East Hardy (W.Va.), they are excited about a number of key starters returning for their upcoming inaugural season in the WestPAC.

“Our main stable of offense and defense will be back,” Turkeyfoot interim coach Marcus Rugg said.

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