ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Bloomer's Zach and Caleb Ruf

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BLOOMER, Wis. (WEAU) - Bloomer doesn’t hide their rushing attack nor their two headed monster in the backfield. Opponents know that they’re going to run the ball almost every play and in Week 1, Somerset had no answers for cousins Zach and Caleb Ruf.


“They delivered in a big way,” said Bloomer head football coach John Post. “I always hate to not mention the lineman that block for them, because a lot of those runs are the result of awfully nice blocking. But they’re fast kids and they had a nice game.”

The ‘Ruf Ryders’ combined for 7 rushing touchdowns and 372 yards on 34 carries in the Blackhawks’ 50-19 win last Friday. That’s almost 11 yards per carry.

“You get 3 downs to get 10 yards, that’s a touchdown every drive,” explained Blackhawks senior quarterback Zach Ruf.

They both get a kick out of the other’s abilities. With Zach at quarterback and Caleb at running back, it’s scary how effective they are on the ground.

“We both like blocking for each other. So, it’s nice because they don’t know who’s going to get it or if I’m going to go one way or Zach’s going to bootleg the other,” added Bloomer senior running back Caleb Ruf. “It’s nice to have two guys that can do a lot of things.”

Their hot start to 2018 should come as no surprise. Last year the duo combined for 30 rushing touchdowns and nearly 2,000 yards. So, what do they hope to accomplish by the end of their senior seasons?

“Everything we’ve done isn’t good enough. We don’t like looking back,” explained Caleb Ruf. “We’ve always got to look forward and get better at things. There’s always things we can get better at. So, we’ve just got to keep grinding in practice and hopefully we can do good in games.”

“We plan to keep on going out there and competing. We want to win every game of course, but if there’s a better team out there that beats us hats off to them,’ said Zach Ruf. “We’re just going to keep on competing and giving it our best and see what happens.”

Zach and Caleb Ruf will look to continue their dominance behind the Blackhawks o-line in Week 2 when they hit the road this Friday to take on Lakeland.

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