By RANDY GREGORY
Rockford and Lowell had a two-year contract to face off on the football field in a home and home format in 2011 and 2012. While many area football fans would have loved to see the series continue, the Red Arrows were contractually obligated to move forward without the Rams on this season’s schedule.
It took a while for a replacement to be found with few teams across the state leaping at the opportunity to face off with a perennial powerhouse. But an opponent has surfaced and to make it even more tempting to the always faithful Rockford fan base, it is for a wonderful cause at a prime location. Utica Eisenhower, suburban Detroit, will provide an excellent opponent and Ford Field in Detroit will be the site at 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 31st. The Eagles of Utica Eisenhower have a long run of success and have made multiple appearances in the Division 1 Michigan High School Athletic Association playoffs, including several stints in the title game.
To add further luster to the game, it is one of four contests in the “Forgotten Harvest Million Meal Hunger Prep Football Classic”. The opener features Detroit East English Village versus Detroit Loyola at 10:00 A.M.. Next up is a contest between Detroit King and Port Huron slated for 1:00 P.M. Then comes the Rockford and Utica Eisenhower contest and the night is capped off with Clarkston facing off with Rochester Adams at 7:00 P.M.
Forgotten Harvest is an organization founded to fight hunger in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties (Detroit and the surrounding area). Tickets for the games are 12 dollars and if you need further information on Forgotten Harvest please go to www.forgottenharvest.org or call (248) 967-1500.