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Muskegon tops Rams with series of big plays 21-9

September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY Rockford and Muskegon met on Friday, Sept. 7 at Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium in Rockford in an annual gridiron battle that has produced more than its share of thrilling contests. The game began in a deluge that featured torrential rain and blustery wind over the entirety of the first half. It concluded in more than favorable conditions in the second half as the rain ceased and the wind diminished to a large extent. When it was over, it was the Big Reds’ turn to celebrate as they topped Rockford 21-9 in a non-league contest. The Rams now stand at 1-2 on the young season and will conclude the out-of-conference portion of their schedule with a trip to Jenison on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. The game began with the return of starting Rockford quarterback Kyle Short and senior captain and safety KC Zenner. Both had missed the first two contests of the year and their return was timely with the unbeaten Big Reds up next on the docket. But Short battled difficult weather conditions and an injured ankle in the opening half before departing just before the halftime horn due to that injury. Zenner toughed his way through most of the game but was also clearly hobbled in his return from a knee injury. “Kyle really tried to talk his way back into the game,” said Rockford coach Ralph Munger. “But we have to think of the rest of the season and he was clearly limping out there in the second quarter tonight. He is a tough kid and you really have to feel sorry for him with this popping up in his senior season. Kyle brings a certain skill set to the table and we tried to play to that, but he just wasn’t able to do the things we wanted to do due to his being hurt. He took a step back with the injury and now we just have to find ways to do things consistently with who we have available until he can return.” Muskegon received the opening kickoff and took only three plays to score on a 49-yard counter to the left side that came with 10:21 to play in the opening quarter. The point after […]