The Rockford Rams hoist the district trophy. Photo by TONY ANDERSON by TONY ANDERSON The Rockford Rams hosted the Buccaneers of Grand Haven on Friday night, Nov. 6, a rematch of week five. At stake was the district championship and the chance to continue the drive toward Ford Field. The Bucs won the toss and deferred to the second half. Rockford returned the opening kick to the 36-yard line. The Rams mixed passes and runs, picking up two first downs. However, on a fourth-and-two, the Rams were hit with a false start penalty, leaving them with a fourth-and-seven. The Rams had the appearance of going for it, but Taylor Masiewicz punted the ball all the way to the eight-yard line. The Rockford Rams football teammates hug as they celebrate their playoff victory seconds after the clock runs out. Photo by Tom Scott The Rockford defense gave up one first down before Zach Haugen intercepted the Grand Haven quarterback, and Rockford took over near midfield at the 47-yard line. The Rams tried a trick play, but it ended in an interception by Grand Haven. The Bucs picked up a couple first downs and scored on a 14-yard run. The Rams started their next possession on the 37-yard line. Rockford picked up two first downs, before they stumbled and were forced to punt. The Bucs started on the 20-yard line and, after an offensive face mask, had a first-and-22 from the 9-yard line, and the Rockford defense forced them to punt. Rockford started on the Grand Haven 49-yard line, and the first quarter came to an end with the score Grand Haven 7, Rockford 0. The second quarter opened with the Rams’ second-and-14 from the 47-yard line. After picking up one first down, the Rams found themselves in fourth-and-one. The Rams were unable to pick up the one yard and turned the ball over on downs. Grand Haven took over on the 20-yard line and the Rams after forced the Bucs to punt. Rockford started on the 32-yard line, and after three runs they had to punt. Grand Haven started on the 23-yard line. After a chop block penalty and a huge sack from the Ram defense, the Bucs had to punt from the 16-yard […]
The Rockford water polo team will head to Seaholm High School in Birmingham Friday afternoon, Nov. 13, to compete in the Michigan Water Polo Association (MWPA) state championship. The Rams have won six state water polo titles in the past, including five in a row from 2003 to 2007. They will have to play their best to bring home the trophy this year. “In order to win, we’ll have to play three great games,” cautioned Coach Dave McWatters. “There are a lot of good teams and players in the state this year. Each game will be an incredible challenge, but that’s what a state tournament is all about.” The Rams open the tournament at 7:45 p.m. Friday against Birmingham Groves. Rockford took third place in the west region, and Groves took second in the east. Groves was the preseason number one team in the state. After a rocky start to their season, they’re beginning to live up to the preseason hype. Rockford, on the other hand, entered the season with a young team and a lot of question marks. The Rams have proven that when they play their best they can beat the top teams in the state. But they’ve also learned that when they don’t, those competitors will come out on top. “We finished regionals playing well,” affirmed McWatters. “In the fourth quarter of our final game, we staged one of the best comebacks ever for Rockford water polo. The boys showed a great deal of confidence and resilience. We plan to carry those qualities with us to state.” According to senior captain Derik Bothma, the Rams are looking forward to seeing what they can do at state. “We’re going in as underdogs. We’ve surprised some teams this year and hope to do so at state. We’ll give it everything we’ve got!”
Rockford is coming off a great second-place finish at the OK Red conference match. The Lady Rams beat Grand Haven, lost to Jenison, then beat Grandville, East Kentwood and Jenison, and then lost in the finals to Hudsonville. The Lady Rams played Lowell Monday, Nov. 2, in the first districts match and won in four sets. Cailie Johnson had 16 kills, Andrea Kacsits had three blocks, Kim Weaver had 38 assists, and Jenna Lysne served very well with seven aces. Rockford played Northview on Wednesday, Nov. 3, and won in three in the semifinal match. Johnson had 15 kills, Weaver had 36 assists, and three aces were contributed by Weaver, Halle Peterson and Sidney Rodriguez. The finals were against Greenville, in which the Lady Rams won 25-19, 25-17 and 25-13. This is the fourth year in a row Rockford has won the district championship. Johnson had 12 kills, Weaver had 27 assists, and four aces were contributed by Weaver and Lysne. Rockford will host regional competition this weekend, Nov. 13-14, and the Lady Rams will play Hudsonville in the first round. Rockford has beaten Hudsonville twice and lost to them twice.
The Rockford Riptide competitive swim team will host its sixth annual Fall Fiesta Meet on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14-15, at Rockford High School’s pool. The Fall Fiesta meet is a USA Swimming sanctioned event. More than 400 West Michigan swimmers from Riptide and other USA Swimming teams and clubs will compete in the event. Spectators are welcome to watch the competition from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. “Our Fall Fiesta event is a great opportunity to see Riptide in action,” said Riptide Coach Mike Cutler. “Our team is off to a strong start for the season and we’re proud of our swimmers’ performance at the Holland ‘Boo Bash’ event last month.” Riptide’s purpose is to introduce children to the benefits of competitive swimming and encourage swimmers to reach their highest level of potential in and out of the water while demonstrating leadership and sportsmanship skills. For more information on Riptide, visit www.riptide.org.
The Rockford High School marching band took first place in their flight, and scored the second-highest overall point total among 18 competing high school bands at the West Shore Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 31. “There’s no way to put into words how proud I am of the band’s performance Saturday. They truly have taken this ensemble to the next level,” said Brian Phillips, Rockford marching band director. Reeths-Puffer (flight two) took top score of the day with 87.7 points with Rockford close behind at 85.55. Jenison (flight two) was third with 82.7 points. Rockford’s exceptional performance moved the band to fifth place in flight one state standings—based on the average of each band’s top two scores—with the Michigan Competing Band Association. The competition’s location was switched from Muskegon to Rockford’s Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium, which has artificial turf, due to concerns over recent heavy rains saturating the field at Reeths-Puffer High School. “The students are so pumped after their performance at the West Shore Invitational,” said Patt Clement, president of the Rockford Band Parents Association. The West Shore Invitational was Rockford’s final competition prior to the state championship contest scheduled for Nov. 7 at Ford Field in Detroit. For more information visit www.rockfordbands.org.