Alva’s Todd Ruwaldt – Character Counts Presented by Community Bank Alva

By Ryan Stone

With the 2019 high school football season around the corner Alva wide receiver and linebacker Todd Ruwaldt is primed for a big senior season. During his junior season Ruwaldt started only three games, but recorded 56 tackles, nine tackles for loss and a forced fumble. He also averaged four yards per carry in limited opportunities.

As a senior Ruwaldt will transition back to wide receiver on offense where he played as a freshman. Todd has big goals for his senior season.

“I want to get to 150 tackles since this will be my first year as a full-time starter and just for our team I want us to make the playoffs, because I feel like Alva is one of those schools that should be in the playoffs every season,” said Ruwaldt.

In 2018 Alva finished with a 7-3 overall record and a 4-3 district record, just missing the playoffs. The Goldbugs will start the season with three of their first four games on the road: Sep 6 at Thomas, Sept. 20 at Fairview and Sept. 27 at Hennessey. Alva will play their home opener on Sept. 13 against Watonga.

It’s going to be a challenge,” said Ruwaldt, “but we at least play Watonga at home which is big because of how good they are and in our non-conference we don’t play any slouches, but I think we’ll be just fine.”

With 2019 being his senior season Ruwaldt also knows it’s time for him to step-up and be a leader for the Goldbugs.

“It’s going to be a huge role because we only have 35 guys after a tough offseason, and we’re a lot smaller, so trying to keep everybody’s spirits up is going to be a big deal. I feel like we’re a better team when we’re unified and positive, so I’m big on not getting down on your teammates and just setting a good example,” said Ruwaldt.

Outside of football Ruwaldt has a 3.3 GPA and has run track the last two years. He hopes to land a football scholarship this season, but if not he plans to attend UCO and major in business.