By RANDY GREGORY
After starting the season 2-0 the Rockford football team will face their toughest test of the season when they journey to Muskegon on Friday, September 13 at 7:00 P.M. to take on a talented Big Red squad that also stands at 2-0 at this early juncture of the season. The Rams topped Utica Eisenhower 23-6 in their opener before coming out on top of Holt 41-28 in game number two. The Big Reds breezed by Grand Haven 41-7 in their opener before winning a highly publicized battle with Grand Rapids Christian 35-13 last week Friday.
Muskegon has always been a talented team in their own right but the conversion of Muskegon Heights into a charter academy opened up a whole new talent pool for the Big Reds that enabled them to become even more formidable with the influx of talent to a program that has a long and proud history.
The Big Reds feature two seniors who have already committed to NCAA Division 1 schools, several juniors who are being heavily recruited and a senior quarterback who says he is more focused on his basketball career, but is equally talented in football and could probably receive an offer or two in that sport should he decide to go that way. Kenneth Finley and Malik King are the seniors who committed to Western Michigan and Ball State respectively, while the aptly named Deshawn Thrower is the two-sport standout who handles the quarterbacking duties for Muskegon.
Thrower is equally adept at both throwing and running with the football. Meanwhile the Big Reds feature an attacking defense that has already wreaked havoc on both opponents they have faced this season. Muskegon was trailing Grand Rapids Christian last week 6-0 at the half before exploding for 35 second half points (fueled by turnovers) to take a commanding lead before a late Eagle touchdown made the final score more respectable.
In short, The Rams will have their hands full this week according to Rockford head football coach Ralph Munger. “You don’t need to see them play to know what you are going to get,” said Munger.
“They will be the favorites to win the state in their class this year. They are extremely aggressive and we will have to do everything we can to prepare for them this week.”