Last second field goal give Rams the win

Rockford comes from behind in Battle of the Rams

by TIM COOPER 

On Thursday, September 2, the Rockford Rams made the one-hour trip down I-96 to play the Holt Rams. Rockford would fall behind early to one of the better teams in the Lansing area, trailing 14-0 before the first quarter ended. Rockford’s defense would be tested all night as their offense would struggle to come from behind.

Nate Sanders breaks through the line to allow Rockford to tie the game at 24. photo by JIM COOPER

“I wasn’t really in the best of moods when that happened, but it was early,” said coach Ralph Munger. “We had a lot of time left on the clock. The bottom line is, you have to keep slugging it out. You have to get back into the game.”

With 5:18 remaining in the first quarter, Rockford’s offense began to rise to the task. Using a potent ground attack, Rockford completed a 53 yard drive on the first play of the second quarter when Zach Schmuck dove into the end zone for Rockford’s first points of the night.

Rockford held Holt to three points in the second quarter, giving Holt a 17-7 lead, after a 37 yard field goal from Holt’s Evan Fischer. Using a smash mouth style of football, Coach Munger’s Rams again cut into the Holt lead when Connor Darby crashed through the line for six yards and a touchdown with 32 seconds remaining in the half, bringing Rockford within three.

A Holt fumble with time running out gave Rockford’s Steve Mette the chance to complete the comeback. Mette’s kick was good, barely crossing the uprights after being tipped by Holt’s defensive line. With the score tied at 17, Holt again pulled ahead with their opening drive when Curtis Nick crossed into the end zone for his third touchdown of the night early in the second half. After trading possessions with Holt, the big Rockford line smashed their way down field, allowing Mette to tie the score after a Nate Sanders touchdown with 2:20 left in the third quarter.

Shain Showers runs his late interception back 27 yards. photo by JIM COOPER

Rockford’s defense then created three turnovers, allowing the offense to wear Holt’s defense down. The final turnover came with 1:07 remaining in the game, when Shain Showers picked off a pass from backup quarterback Jake Bozzo. Six plays later, Munger’s Rams found themselves at the Holt 2 yard line with 6.3 seconds remaining. Coach Munger would turn the game over to the foot of Steve Mette, whose kick sailed through the uprights from 20 yards, giving Rockford their first lead of the night, and the victory.

Following the game, Coach Munger said, “We had to look deep to find a way to match up with them defensively, until our offense decided to play. We executed enough things well to pull this one out. I can’t stress enough that Holt is a quality program.”

The Rams were led offensively by Zach Schmuch, who gained 159 yards on 17 carries, and had one touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, captain Brett Egnatuk led all tacklers, with a total of 15, followed by Tyler Pratt, who had 11.

Rockford returns to Ted Carlson Memorial stadium on Friday, September 10 to face the Jenison Wildcats.

Adam Kroll wrestles Holt running back Kyle Bort to the ground photo by JIM COOPER

 

Sanders tries to elude the Holt defense. photo by JIM COOPER

 

Rockford's defense teams up to stop Holt's Curtis Nick. photo by JIM COOPER

 

Coach Munger's Rams show off his special Starburst kickoff return. photo by JIM COOPER

 

Steve Mette scores the winning field goal only a second to spare. photo by JIM COOPER

Other Stories from the Squire

Top News…

Michigan ChalleNGe cadet meets Dale Earnhardt Jr. ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Respect, hard work, … [Continue Reading...]

Attention veterans! A call to action. Please stand for those who have fallen.   The Moving … [Continue Reading...]

The Rockford Girls’ Lacrosse team has been ranked number one in the Division One poll for most of … [Continue Reading...]

By JOHN HOGAN Rockford - and most of West Michigan, became a water wonderland last week as a … [Continue Reading...]

More Posts from this Category

In Other News

Knowing Your Competition   by David Broyles SCORE Counselor   Regardless of … [Continue Reading...]

Downtown Rockford was as busy this sidewalk sale week as in past years, despite a heat index of over … [Continue Reading...]

Rockford resident, writer and photographer John Hogan shared this picture with the Squire. The … [Continue Reading...]

David S. Fry

They wrote the book on cottage law—literally Recently, Attorney David S. Fry opened the … [Continue Reading...]

More Posts from this Category

Speak Your Mind

*