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Rockford Rams down Panthers in football

September 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

Rockford pulls off 14-7 upset of unbeaten West Ottawa by TIM COOPER  It’s rare for Rockford to be considered an underdog, but going into Friday night’s game in Holland against West Ottawa, that was the case. With the undefeated Panthers tied for the lead in the OK Red, the Rams found themselves trying to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since 2002. Rockford found themselves starting their first drive from the 20-yard line after the West Ottawa kickoff went through the end zone. The Rams used 2:11 seconds to cover 80 yards, ending with Zach Schmuck carrying the ball the final six yards for a touchdown, giving the Rams a 7-0 lead after the extra point by Steve Mette. Rockford’s second scoring drive was set up by the defense when Anthony DeDamos recovered a West Ottawa fumble at the Panthers’ 45-yard line. The Rams used the next 1:13 to cover the 55 yards, scoring their second touchdown with one second left in the half on a touchdown pass from Mark LaPrairie to Neil VanderLaan, giving them a 14-0 lead. West Ottawa showed life in the opening drive of the second half, by going 79 yards in seven minutes. The Panthers’ ground attack punished the Rams’ defense for 12 plays before Zac Boersma plunged the final two yards into the end zone to cut Rockford’s lead in half. It would also be the final score of the night. Coach Munger gave high praise to the defensive play of his Rams. “This was the best defensive effort of our season. The defense looked awesome tonight. I was thrilled by the way they flew to the ball the whole game.” Munger added, “Our first drive was a beautiful thing. The backs ran the ball hard, but we’re still looking for consistency from the offense. Our offense is close to exploding; we’re just missing little details right now.” The Ram defense held West Ottawa’s ground attack to an average of 3.7 yards per carry. They gave up only 160 yards on the night. This Friday, Rockford’s game will be with the Muskegon Big Reds. The match-up of two perennial West Michigan football juggernauts will take place at Fifth Third Ball Park. Parking will be $5 per vehicle, tickets […]

Rams start football season with win

September 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

Rockford downs Davison 27-10  by TIM COOPER After three weeks of practice under the hot August sun, the Rockford Rams walked onto the field in front of a large crowd for their opening game August 27, at the Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium. Rockford has opened each of the last three seasons against the Davison Cardinals, and this year was the same.    Davison, having won the coin toss, elected to receive the opening kickoff. Steve Mette’s kick would go through the end zone, forcing Davison to start their first drive on their own 20 yard line. Four plays later, Davison would be forced to punt the ball to the Rams, who would start their first drive just inside Davison’s territory, at the 46 yard line. The Cardinals’ defense would limit Rockford to 16 yards on their first possession, forcing a 46 yard field goal attempt by Steve Mette. Mette split the uprights, giving the Rams an early 3-0 lead. The Rams second possession started from their own 20, after a Davison punt went into the end zone. On the first of play of the possession, Rockford quarterback Mark LaPrairie, hit wide receiver Neil VanderLaan with a perfect pass down the left sideline. 75 yards later, VanderLaan was standing alone in the end zone. Davison, trailing by ten, retaliated with a  30 yard field goal to complete their following drive. Rockford countered with a 40 yard field goal by Mette after Davison turned the ball over on their own 17, giving the Rams a 13-3 lead midway through the second quarter. Again, the Rockford defense shut Davison down, forcing them to punt. The Rams’ final possession of the first half ended with a 12 yard LaPrairie pass to Zach Schmuck, putting Rockford ahead by 17 with just over three minutes remaining in the half. Davison’s final drive saw quarterback Jake Thompson connect with Jacob Jacobs, for an 80 yard gain, placing the ball inside the Rockford five. Four plays later, Brandon Cooper plunged into the end zone with seconds left in the half, making the score 20-10. Rockford’s final score of the evening came when Nate Sanders broke off tackle for seven yards into over the goal line, making the final score 27-10. Following the game, […]

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