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Official Start of the 2018 JM Rocket Football Season

2017 JM Varsity Football

2017 JM Varsity Football

2017 Season Awards Night

2017 Season Awards Night for all teams was held on Monday, November 27th at 7:30 p.m. in JM Ilstrup Auditorium.  CONGRATULATIONS to the following student-athletes:

Academic Individual All-State
Eric Byrne

2017 Big SE All District
Malik Thomas
Steven Bruggenthies

2017 Big SE All District Honorable Mention
Eric Byrne
Toriano Cain Jr.
Mike Drucker
Michael Walz

Team Awards
Offensive Scout MVP:                    Devonte Hill
Defensive Scout MVP:                   Uriah Phillips
Offensive Lineman of the Year:    Toriano Cain Jr.
Defensive Lineman of the Year:   Matthew Thompson
Performance Training MVP:         Jake Ehrich
Special Teams MVP:                     Kavion Smylie
Defensive MVP:                            Michael Walz
Offensive MVP:                             Malik Thomas
Rocket Attitude and Effort MVP:  Corbin Starr

Early Riser's Exchange Club Fall Male Athlete
Michael Walz

2017 Scholar Athlete Honor Roll (Senior and 3.65+ GPA)
Austin Brown 
Eric Byrne
Carter McKenzie
Carter Reed
Michael Walz

2018 Captains
Braden Black
Toriano Cain Jr.
Jacob Johnson
Aaron Limberg
Sam Lingen

After nearly 200 hours of team practice per kid and coach, more than 70 trips to and from JM each, and 28 JM Rocket Football games all in just a few months, the 2017 JM Rocket Football season has come to a close for our hardworking Rocket athletes and coaches.

Many thanks to all of the Rocket fans and families that helped make this a fun and memorable season and made this opportunity possible for our 143 student athletes.  They all gained life long lessons on what it takes to succeed both on and off the field. The harder the lesson, the more you learn. Never stop learning.

We are very proud of our young men and wish them continued success in the classroom and in their winter and spring activities.

Once A Rocket, Always A Rocket!

2018 Season Preparations

Preparations for the 2018 season have begun!
Open lifting and performance training is available at JM with the JM Weightlifting Club starting Monday, November 6th at 3:10 pm in the JM weight room (morning sessions scheduled may be starting soon too).  There is also loads of video available on Hudl for review and analysis by our athletes during the off-season.

Tentative summer 2018 Rocket Football Team Camp dates for Rockets entering grades 8-12 are June 7 & 8, July 16-19 & July 23-26.  See the Combines & Camps page for additional information and other off-season opportunities.

Success in the future requires work and commitment today!

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More information about the coaching staff can be found on the Coaches tab.

Kevin Kirkeby


Phone: 507-328-5330

Dirk Erickson

Assistant Varsity Football Coach

Scott Glandon

Assistant Varsity Football Coach

Ben Kall


James Knutson

Assistant Varsity Football Coach

Tim O'Neill

Assistant Varsity Football Coach

Brent Ritter

Assistant Varsity Football Coach

Mike Williams

Assistant Varsity Football Coach

Brendan Adams

Head JV Football Coach

Tim Burkholder

Assistant JV Football Coach

Peter Dokken

Assistant JV Football Coach

Shane Hewitt

Assistant JV Football Coach

Brian Becker

Head C-Squad A Football Coach

Karl Laack

Assistant C-Squad A Football Coach

Ian Naatz

Head C-Squad B Football Coach

Avery Moore

Assistant C-Squad B Football Coach

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JM Rocket Football Spirit Gear & Apparel Store

The John Marshall Football Fanatics (JMFF) have made available to all you Rocket Fans and athletes a great selection of JM Rocket Football spirit gear and apparel.  Combine your orders with friends and family to save on shipping while suiting up like a true Rocket Fan in support of JM Football.  Great gift ideas for Rocket Fans of all ages too.