Rockford defeats East Kentwood in first game of playoffs

Ryan Darby (#2) rushes hard to get a Rockford first down.	Photo by TOM SCOTTRyan Darby (#2) rushes hard to get a Rockford first down. Photo by TOM SCOTT 

by BECKY ERSTE-HOLMBERG

Amidst the rain, Halloween Eve started out slowly for the Rockford Rams. Right from the get-go, the East Kentwood Falcons went up 6-0 but missed their extra point. On Rockford’s first possession, Ryan Darby ran 9 yards, and Joe Johnson finished for a first down and more to the 48-yard line. Rockford quarterback Taylor Masiewicz ran for a first down and then another by Nick Smythe, who ran it all the way down close to the 10-yard line. Johnson ran in for the touchdown, and the extra point was good. The score was Rockford 7, East Kentwood 6.

Next came a squib kick and then a run to the 45-yard line. The Falcons scored on the drive with a two-point conversion, making the score Rockford 7, East Kentwood 14. The Rams answered by taking the ball all the way down to East Kentwood’s 11-yard line with good plays by Johnson and Darby. The first quarter ended at 7-14, East Kentwood.

Rockford started the second quarter on a bad note by fumbling the ball, but East Kentwood fumbled as well, and the Rams recovered on the 45-yard line. More good runs by Johnson followed, and Masiewicz made a first down. Johnson took the ball in for another score to make it Rockford 13, East Kentwood 14.

The Rams tried for a two-point conversion, but didn’t make it. On the next drive by East Kentwood, Rockford recovered a fumble and scored a field goal just before half to make the score 16-14, Rockford.

The third quarter brought the rain again. However, the game was becoming such a treat rather than a trick, as the Falcons tried with an on-side kick, which they recovered and ended up scoring on the next couple of plays. The score became Rockford 16, East Kentwood 20.

The possessions went back and forth after that and, at the end of the third quarter, the score remained with Rockford down by 4.

The fourth quarter began with the Rams going ahead 23-20 from a touchdown run by Smythe and a good extra point. East Kentwood had their say with a long run to the 45-yard line. However, they didn’t make it from there, as the Rams’ Joe Stefanski sacked the Falcons’ quarterback for a big loss on the next play. East Kentwood punted, and Darby returned the punt for Rockford. Johnson took it to the 34-yard line. Masiewicz snuck to about the 20-yard line and Johnson again took it to the 12-yard line, dragging defenders with him.

With 2:14 left in the game, Smythe ran in for another Ram touchdown. The score became 30-20, Rockford. The Falcons fumbled the ball on their next possession and Tyler Pratt recovered for Rockford. With 1:43 left to go, Johnson ended a great game with a good run to the 20-yard line.

The Rams move on in the playoffs with another home game this Friday against the tough Grand Haven team. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.

Nick Smythe (#30) scores Rockford’s third touchdown, which puts the Rams ahead.	Photo by TOM SCOTT

Nick Smythe (#30) scores Rockford’s third touchdown, which puts the Rams ahead. Photo by TOM SCOTT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Johnson (#3) breaks loose for a big gain and the setup for a touchdown.	Photo by TOM SCOTT

Joe Johnson (#3) breaks loose for a big gain and the setup for a touchdown. Photo by TOM SCOTT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ram quarterback Taylor Masiewicz (#11) keeps the ball and rushes for a first down.	Photo by TOM SCOTT

Ram quarterback Taylor Masiewicz (#11) keeps the ball and rushes for a first down. Photo by TOM SCOTT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Darby (#2) sets up yardage for a Rams touchdown.	Photo by TOM SCOTT

Ryan Darby (#2) sets up yardage for a Rams touchdown. Photo by TOM SCOTT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Mudgett (#41) kicks a perfect field goal for the extra point.	Photo by TOM SCOTT

Paul Mudgett (#41) kicks a perfect field goal for the extra point. Photo by TOM SCOTT

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