by RANDY GREGORY
The Rockford football team got out of the gates a little slowly this year while they battled a slew of injuries and a front-loaded schedule. Rockford has gotten a touch healthier every week and the slate of games also got a bit kinder. Subsequently the Rams have run off a three-game winning streak that has them at 4-2 on the season and, more importantly, 2-0 in the OK Red. This week the Rams will make the trek to Hudsonville on Friday, October 5 at 7 p.m. to take on an Eagle team that has fallen on tough times recently after an extended run of having state-ranked teams.
The Eagles record stands at 1-5 so far and they have been thumped 59-13, 28-6 and 21-6 in their last three games against Grand Rapids Christian, West Ottawa and Grandville respectively. The Eagles haven’t finished above .500 since 2008 and haven’t beaten Rockford since an 18-14 victory in 2007. The Rams have taken the last four games but the Eagles triumphed in four of the first five meetings in this relatively young rivalry.
Every one of the early games came down to the final seconds with the outcome always in doubt. But though the tables have turned recently, Rockford coach Ralph Munger expects this game to be another difficult game for the Rams.
“Hudsonville really likes to get after you on defense and they will blitz constantly,” said Munger. “They are a power offense that plays with that same aggressive style of play that the defense does. It doesn’t matter what the records are when these two teams get together. They would like nothing better than to knock us off and we had better be prepared or it will be a long night for us.”
Hudsonville’s other two losses came in down to the wire contests against Holt (24-21) and Zeeland East (15-14). Their lone win came against Muskegon Reeths Puffer by a 14-6 margin in the second game of the year.