by RANDY GREGORY
On the heels of another successful season that concluded with a semifinal loss to Detroit Catholic Central in the Michigan High School Athletic Association playoffs, several Rams added additional recognition as the postseason awards are gradually being announced. The 10-3 Rams had four additional players recognized for their exploits with this round of announcements.
Junior inside linebacker Brent Showers captured the lions share of the recognition with his selection to the Associated Press (AP) Division 1 and 2 all state first-team. In addition, Showers was also selected as a first-team member of the Grand Rapids Press Dream Team for this season as well. He is a two-year starter who also saw a little action as a freshman.
“I could make a strong case that Brent is one of the elite inside linebackers regardless of class in the entire state,” said Rockford coach Ralph Munger. “He played sideline to sideline and delivered a number of devastating hits as well as leading the team in tackles for loss. I have never had the number of coaches tell me, not only immediately after the games but after the season as well, about how much respect they had for his efforts.”
Senior safety KC Zenner fell into the category of special mention selection on the AP all state team as well as also being selected to the GR Press Dream Team. Last year Zenner was a first-team all-stater but injuries took a chunk out of his season (missed the first two games). Zenner was a rare three-year starter for the Rams.
“KC Zenner eats, sleeps and breathes football,” said Munger. “His work ethic is unequaled and he worked harder and came back quicker from a serious knee injury than anybody ever has here. He just decided he wasn’t going to miss anymore football in his senior year. He was inspirational to everyone on this team with his passion for football. He also has a great nose for the football and never hesitated to let you know he was in the area with a big hit.”
Senior guard Justin Hopkins was also selected to the GR Press Dream Team as a first-team selection. Hopkins was the other rare three-year starter for Rockford from his offensive line position.
“Justin is just a rugged, old fashioned type player,” said Munger. “He was by far our best trapping guard and was excellent in his pass blocking as well. He was a mainstay for three years on the offensive line for us.”
Randy Garvin was the other junior inside linebacker for Rockford and the remaining half of arguably the top linebacker combo in the area. Garvin was also starting for the second successive season at his post and was selected to the second-team of the Grand Rapids Press Dream Team.
“Randy really stepped up his game this year,” said Munger. “I would have a hard time coming up with a time when we were blessed with two linebackers who played at the level Randy and Brent played at this year. He was an outstanding run-stopper and played off of blocks to make tackles time after time this season.”