Paul Mudget, Taylor Masiewicz and Joe Stefanski sign letters of intent to play football for the school of their choice. Three Rockford football players sealed their fate as far as their choice of college on the first day possible when they signed their letters of intent on Wednesday, February 3, in the Ram Den at Rockford High School. Joe Stefanski, tackler, and also a star in the school wrestling program, announced his choice of Ohio University. Coach Ralph Munger introduced Stefanski as a three-year starter for Rockford. Stefanski, a 6’3” tackler at 225 pounds, said his most memorable moment in his high school football career was the Muskegon game when he was a sophomore. He said he liked that last year Ohio was first in their division and the school has an excellent program. He had advice to offer upcoming players at Rockford. “Work hard and get good scores on the SAT.” Paul Mudget, a 5’9” and 168-pound kicker, signed to play football for Central Michigan University. He credited his success in the game by the hard work put in with Coach Munger over the years with his success. His highlight of his high school career was winning the state championships. For younger players in the program, Mudget advised, “Get your highlight tape out early and let them [scouts] get a look at you.” Taylor Masiewicz, quarterback for Rockford at 6’4” and 175 pounds, chose Ferris State University. He said his favorite memory of his high school football career was the fourth-quarter comeback this year to win over Muskegon. He credits discipline during his high school career for his success and advised young players to work hard as well. “Go hard all four years and don’t slack off.” He said he is confident about playing in college because he has been well-prepared by the Rockford coaching staff. Congratulations to these three young men and best of luck to them as they finish their high school careers and go on to the next great adventure of their lives.
by TONY ANDERSON On Friday, Sept. 11 the Rockford Rams hosted the Hudsonville Eagles. Rockford won the coin toss and chose to defer to the second half. The Rams then kicked off to the Eagles. There was a fumble on the play and the ball was recovered by Rockford’s Kevin Badersnider. The Rams took over on the 16-yard line, and the Rockford running back lost a yard on the first play. However, on the second play, quarterback Taylor Masiewicz ran 17 yards for the touchdown, and Paul Mudgett added the point after. Hudsonville returned the kickoff to the 25. After a big pass play for first down, the Eagles looked to have some momentum, but the Ram defense buckled down. Matt Karamol sacked the Hudsonville quarterback for an 11-yard loss, forcing the Eagles to punt. Rockford took over on the 47, and went to work by mixing run and pass play among several players. Ryan Darby took it the last 11 yards for a touchdown, and Mudgett added the point after. Mudgett then kicked the ball into the end zone for a touchback, giving the Hudsonville Eagles the ball on the 20-yard line. The Ram defense once again forced a punt. The punt return saw Darby hand the ball to Solomon Grant on a reverse, taking the ball to the 48. Masiewicz hit Karamol on a massive pass play, but it was negated by a holding call. The first quarter came to an end with the score of Rams 14, Eagles 0. At the start of the second quarter, the Rams’ offense stumbled a bit and were forced to punt. The Eagles took over on the 28-yard line and were starting to move down the field, but Taylor Huizenga picked off the Hudsonville quarterback and returned it to the 41-yard line. The Ram offense tripped up and had to punt. The Hudsonville receiver fumbled the fair catch, but the Eagles recovered on the eight-yard line. The Ram defense forced a three-and-out and returned the Eagle punt to the 21-yard line, but a penalty pushed them back to the 39-yard line. The Rams picked up one first down, then slowed down and Mudgett came in to kick a 37-yard field goal. The Eagles and […]