Rockford High School Football

Rockford pounds Jenison into submission 52-18

September 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY Having faced off with the top two teams in the state in Division 2 (Lowell and Muskegon) over the first three weeks of the regular season, Rockford got a relative breather on Friday, September 14th at Jenison. Save for three lost fumbles, the Rams scored early and often, en route to an overwhelming 52-18 triumph over the Wildcats that moved their record to 2-2 through the non-league portion of the schedule. “I thought it was a case of two teams just banging away at each other,” said Rockford coach Ralph Munger. “It is always nice to be able to reward a lot of kids with some playing time for all of the hard work they do on a daily basis in practice. Our second and third-teamers were instrumental tonight.  Not only did they get to play, they played very well, which was very gratifying for us as coaches. But those fumbles have got to stop. I am not happy and never will be happy with not taking care of the ball. We have some backs who will understand over the course of the coming week just how important it is to value the football.” Rockford managed to amass double digit points in all four quarters behind a relentless ground attack. The lead stood at 24-0 Rockford at the half as the Rams dominated every facet of the game over the opening 24 minutes. Casey Watters hit a 27-yard field goal to open the scoring and Austin McKellar added a four-yard burst to make it 10-0 after the first quarter. Sam Reinke and Scott Kaule added TD runs of one and 14 yards respectively to make it 24-0 Rockford at the half. Both Reinke and Kaule topped 100 yards on the ground to lead the Rams. Watters hit all three first half extra points for Rockford to round out the scoring. The Wildcats scored touchdowns the first two times they had the ball in the second half to cut the lead to 24-12 and give hope to the home partisans for an ever so brief time. Unfortunately for Jenison, all the scores did was wake up a Ram offense that had gone dormant coming out of the locker room. On their next three […]

Holt up next for Rockford in rebound contest

August 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY After coming up a 16-6 loser in their opening contest against Lowell last week, the Rockford football team looks to right the ship this week. The Rams will journey to Holt on Thursday, August 30 to face off against the Rams of Holt in a 7:00 p.m. contest. Holt began the season by outlasting another OK Red foe as they squeaked by Hudsonville 24-21 in a contest played at Hudsonville. The teams met for the first time in 2006 but have made up for lost time by meeting five other times since that first meeting. Rockford holds a four-games-to-two edge in the series, but the games have been very competitive nearly every time. Last year Rockford thumped Holt 42-7 at Rockford. Probably the most noteworthy win for Holt was in 2009 when, after losing to Rockford 34-10 early in the regular season, Holt rallied for a 27-13 win in the Division I regional at Rockford to stun an undefeated Rockford squad. Rockford has won convincingly a few times in the series, but posted a comeback 27-24 triumph of their own against Holt in 2010. Junior running back Ty Glover ran for over 1,300 yards as a sophomore and leads an impressive Holt offense. Holt returns 13 starters (five offense, eight defense) total for a team that won a share of the Capital Area Activities Conference Blue title last year. They also bring in a junior class that went a perfect 9-0 last year. Holt is coached by Al Slamer, who is in his fifth season as the head coach and features a career record of 156-87 including a 21-year stint as the head coach at Battle Creek Central. “That number 20 [Glover] is extremely physical and quick at running back for Holt,” said Munger. “They had a bit of a struggle throwing the ball last year, but they have a quarterback who can really wing it this year. They are a big, physical team and we are expecting a real battle again this year.” On the injury front for Rockford, it is a week-to-week proposition. Rockford is hopeful that several of the walking wounded will return, but it is “wait and see,” according to Munger. “We have a few kids going in […]

Hots and Brats a huge success to conclude preparations for opener

August 23, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY The final event to signal the start of another football season took place at Rockford High School on Friday, Aug. 17. The annual “Hots and Brats Night” was an overwhelming success by any definition. A beautiful evening and a great turnout by Ram faithful from all over western Michigan put a cap on all the hoopla leading up to the opener. “Wow is all I can say,” said Rockford Coach Ralph Munger. “The weather couldn’t have been any nicer and the number of people who turned out was fantastic. I can’t even begin to thank all of our sponsors and everyone who contributed both time and food to this event. What a special community we live in.” The Rams also took part in a four-team scrimmage at Byron Center High School on Wednesday, Aug. 15, in their first opportunity to hit someone other than their schoolmates. The results were somewhat mixed, but the Rams limped into the scrimmage with a plethora of injuries that somewhat limited them in what they wanted to accomplish. The day began with a dead battery on one of the buses, but everyone eventually made it to the south side of Grand Rapids for the football action. “We think we will get a lot of the kids back who were out with injuries for this week’s game,” said Munger. “But we will just have to wait and see. It was a very valuable experience for the team, primarily because we got to see the wing-t offense from Byron Center, the split-back veer from Portage Central and the spread from Charlotte. That is very helpful from a defensive standpoint to see multiple offenses.” The Rams looked impressive at times and struggled at times. But the net result was something that Munger feels will be invaluable when the regular season starts. “We have got so much work to do from a technique standpoint,” said Munger. “We need to do our one-eleventh on the field and not try to do too much. But that will come with experience and game action. The number of walking wounded had the benefit of allowing us to work on building some depth. The kids and the coaches have worked very hard to get ready for […]

Football, Hots ‘n’ Brats, and Super Fans Two

August 25, 2011 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Last Friday evening’s annual kick-off to the Rockford High School (RHS) 2011 football season played out to everyone’s delight. Football players, their parents and grandparents, extended families, friends and Rockford football fanatics all enjoyed an evening of preseason community building fellowship. The Rockford Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium’s home seating section was packed and rocking in anticipation of yet another successful football season. The annual Hots ‘n’ Brats event began with a varsity football practice after which everyone present, including all of the RHS varsity football coaches and 2011 football team members, gathered on the stadium’s concourse for hotdogs and brats with all the trimmings. Following the meal, Head Coach Ralph Munger thanked the Hots ‘n’ Brats committee and invited everyone to relax and, as he put it, “Talk some football.” Moving on, Munger introduced the offensive and defensive team captains, Mark LaPrairie and Ben Braden respectively. Each, in turn, went on to introduce their teammates on either side of the line. Munger then introduced what he called “a great group of assistant coaches.” Next up was an unveiling of the team motto board, which was engraved with the 2011 inspirational motto: “1st Things 1st.” Coach Munger gave meaning to the motto in saying, “Keep first things first in all facets of life. It starts with your behavior and attitude in taking the first step, moving on to the first down, and carrying it over into your home and your community. Simply put, take care of things one at a time.” A highlight of the evening then followed as Coach Munger introduced two people who are “pretty special, not only to football but to all Rockford sports teams. They are at every game, rain or shine, sitting on the 50-yard line oftentimes bellowing encouragement and admonition to their beloved football team.” Lyle English and his mom Rose Grindle, both recognized as official “Super Fans,” were on hand to present a 14”x24” stained glass work of art to the eight-member assistant coaching staff. English, a 1976 RHS grad, has a many-year habit of creating and gifting stained glass pieces to varsity lettermen and head coaches. This year he wanted to recognize those who work unselfishly behind the scenes in assisting Coach Munger […]

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