Roscoe Rockton Junior Indians wrapping up the season with championship goal on the mind


With the fall-like temps that we have had this week, it reminds us all that this football season is quickly ending. For the Roscoe Rockton Junior Indians football program, it means another hugely successful year teaching kids about football and providing valuable lessons that will help long after the playing days have ended.

On Thursday night, I had the honor and privilege to be at the last practice for the 6th grade (heavyweight) team. I spoke with head coach Ryan B. on Wednesday night. He mentioned that the team would be holding a fun and family-style event before Thursday’s practice. He said the moms of the players would be suiting up and tackling the boys onto a heavy mat. Just like the viral videos you may have seen on social media in the last few weeks. 

When I arrived, what I saw was a lot of spirits, a lot of cheering, and most importantly a lot of great family time for the entire team. Also, lots of great tackles from the young ladies who suited up for the night. The tackling session had a lot of pads popping and boys cheering as their teammates got tackled by Mom. Some of the moms must have been watching the NFL as there was a lot of smack-talking going on about not picking up rooms, helping out with the dishes, or doing your chores.

After the mom’s tackling session ended, the boys returned to the practice field as they prepared for the championship game they have on Saturday, October 22 at 4 p.m. In fact, every level in the Roscoe Rockton Junior Indian football program has a chance to take home a championship. Looking at the entire NIFC conference, that’s quite an amazing feat.

CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY for the younger teams take place at the home field for the Roscoe Rockton Junior Indian football program:

Riverside Park, 5204 River Street, Roscoe, IL 61073

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022

The 7th and 8th grade teams play in Guilford for championships on Saturday  Oct. 22, 2022 as well. This could make for a Golden day for the Roscoe Rockton Junior Indians football program.

The NIFC consists of 13 programs spread across Northern Illinois. The purpose of the Conference is to develop student-athletes with an emphasis on both scholastic and athletic development by providing youths the opportunity to engage in structured physical activity and healthy competition with proper training under proper supervision and with adequate equipment (as evidenced in the current Rules & Regulations). The Conference strives to educate youth through tackle football in proper moral, mental, and physical values and, above all, sportsman-like conduct both on and off the playing field.

The mission of the RRL Junior Indians is to create a league with the purpose to instruct youth in the skills of Football and Cheerleading; where they can play, have fun, and make friends without any fear of discrimination; and where all participating organizations have a set of rules so they have a sense of fair play.

The vision of the RRL Junior Indians is to serve as a catalyst for stimulating football and cheerleading in the Roscoe-Rockton and surrounding communities; to play a major role in teaching fundamentals, skills, proficiency and teamwork, regardless of race, teaching fundamentals, skills, proficiency and teamwork, regardless of race, color, creed, age, religion or gender.

The coaches and players across the NIFC conference are trained under the USA Football Heads Up program. Since its beginning, the USA Football Heads Up program has trained and coached over 1 million coaches and millions of athletes.

More information about the Roscoe Rockton Junior Indian program can be found at

More information about the NIFC can be found at

Thanks to all the Moms, players, coaches and volunteers for the information for the story. Good Luck on CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY!

*Updated scores provided by reader/community member Lynsey Welch-7th and 8th grade teams each took home championships. Check back for more scores.

7th Grade-26-6

8th Grade -50-0

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