Rockford Football opener changes days and venue



It was an oddly timed announcement for the eight schools looking to kick off the 2013 high school football season at Ford Field in Detroit. Barely over four weeks prior to the event (August 31, 2013), the Forgotten Harvest Football Classic announced the cancellation of the entire slate of games. No reason was given in an e-mail sent out by Rockford Athletic Director Tim Erickson but the organization recently changed senior management and was rumored to be having issues with finding sponsors.

Rockford was scheduled to face off with Utica Eisenhower at the home of the Detroit Lions in one of the marquee contests of the day. Fortunately for both schools an agreement was reached that will see all three levels of football (freshman, junior varsity and varsity) meet at Utica Eisenhower on Friday, August 30th with times to be announced at a later date.

The Rams will receive retribution when Utica Eisenhower makes the journey to Rockford in 2014.  Those three contests will take place on Thursday, August 28th, 2014.

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