Rockford Ram Football

One hundredth year of Ram football draws nigh

August 9, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY It is clearly open for debate as to whether or not this is actually year number 100 for Rockford Ram football. There is a pair of years when football wasn’t contested due to various circumstances. But 2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of the inaugural season for what has truly become a community-wide celebration. Fall is ever so faintly in the air following a scorching and arid summer, and several harbingers of the gridiron time of year have started or are about to begin. Rockford kicked off two-a-day practices this Monday, and Coach Ralph Munger and his veteran and wily coaching staff welcome yet another strong contingent to the football field. The Rams’ varsity roster numbers 41 seniors, 30 juniors and a pair of sophomores. There are also well over 50 players on both the junior varsity and freshman teams to go along with the normal horde of 78ers at the two middle schools. There are several other events on the immediate horizon that true aficionados of Rockford football will want to take note of. First on the docket is picture day, which will be held at the high school next Tuesday, August 14 at noon. That will be followed by the preseason scrimmage at 10 a.m. the next day (Wed.) at Byron Center High School. The other teams taking part include Byron Center, Portage Central and Charlotte. The JV and frosh squads will have their preseason scrimmage the succeeding day (Thur.) at 10 a.m. at Rockford against the same trio of squads. And last, but certainly not least, is the highly anticipated “Hots and Brats Night” on Friday, August 17. On that occasion family pictures are slated for 4:45 p.m., a team practice session takes place at 5:30, and the cookout itself is scheduled to commence at 6:30. Rockford fans and members of the community are strongly encouraged to attend all of these events and show their support for these hardworking players and coaches. All of this is merely a series of warm-ups for the actual start of the 2012 campaign. For the second straight year it will feature the Rams against the Red Arrows of Lowell, but this time the venue will be Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium and Rockford will […]

Coach Munger honored by Rockford super-fans

August 26, 2010 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL The Rockford High School football program continued the longstanding tradition of holding an annual “Hots & Brats” fundraising event last Friday evening. Held each year at the Ted Carlson Memorial Football Stadium the week prior to the start of football season, the event gathers current football team members along with their families and supporters from the greater Rockford Community. After a late afternoon team practice scrimmage, all in attendance were invited to the concession area of the stadium where picnic seating waited for the serving up of the event’s annual fare – grilled hot dogs and brats with all the trimmings along with chips, soft drinks or water, and don’t forget the dessert. “First and foremost, this annual event is meant to honor the kids who will participate in the 2010 football season,” said emcee Don Cadwell, adding, “It’s all about the kids, watching them grow and work together as a team to uphold the tradition of excellence we’ve all come to expect from the Rockford High School football program.” Long-time Rockford Football Booster Rick Ettinger (class of 1979) tells us, “The annual event is sponsored by the wonderful peoples and businesses of the Rockford Community. School districts from all over the state of Michigan are jealous of the Rockford football program and the outstanding community participation and sponsorship that makes it possible each and every year.” Coach Ralph Munger then took the mic and expressed his appreciation to parents, grandparents, and the entire Rockford community for their time, their help, and their donations that were freely given to the players, coaches, and staff of the Rockford football team. “Rockford couldn’t be a great team without the total package,” said Coach Munger. He then directed everyone’s attention to a large sponsorship banner that named 94 fine area merchants who had sponsored the evening’s festivities and encouraged everyone present to patronize the generous civic-minded businesses. “Practices indicate we are currently a good team,” said Munger, “but good is not acceptable. We are working, not to be good but rather, to be great!” To work towards that end, Munger then announced the team motto for the 2010 season – “Stand and Deliver”. Speaking of community support Lyle English and his mother, Rose […]