Tony Anderson

Rams win defensive battle, remain undefeated

October 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

by TONY ANDERSON Friday night, Sept. 25, the Rockford Rams hosted the Grand Haven Buccaneers for the lead of the OK Red conference. The estimated 12,000 fans witnessed a defensive contest. The Bucs won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Rockford’s Zach Schmuck returned the opening kick to the 40-yard line, but after three straight runs, the Rams were forced to punt. Paul Mudgett’s punt went to the Grand Haven 18-yard line. The Rockford defense forced a three-and-out and a punt, which went 72 yards, and the Rams took over on their 19-yard line. Rockford picked two first downs on Taylor Masiewicz’s passes, but stalled on the 40-yard line and had to punt. Though Mudgett appeared to be roughed on the kick, the refs called the punt “tipped,” allowing the contact, and the Bucs took possession on the 38-yard line. The Ram defense stood fast and almost intercepted a pass on third and six, and forced a punt. Rockford took over on the 37-yard line, and picked one first down on a Masiewicz pass, but stumbled and was forced to punt. Grand Haven took over on the 10-yard line. As the first quarter came to an end, the score was tied at 0. The second quarter saw the Bucs with a second-and-seven, and the Rams defense stopped them a yard short, forcing a third-and-one. The Bucs, aided by a bad spot, picked up the first down. Then Grand Haven attempted a pass play, and the Rams’ defense was called for defensive pass interference—the flag coming several seconds after the play was over. On the same drive, the Rams picked up a defensive encroachment, but the Rams still forced a fourth-and-one on the seven-yard line. The Buc quarterback tried to draw the defense offside with a great hard count, but the defense stood still. Grand Haven managed to pick up the first down on the next play. The Ram defense stood firm, forcing a fourth and inches from the one-yard line. The defense—led by Brett Egnatuk, Joe Stefanski and Josh Pribble—stopped the Bucs’ ball carrier, forcing the ball over on downs. The Rams began in the shadow of their goal post and just managed to avoid a safety on first down. On second […]

Rams struggle, still manage win

September 24, 2009 // 0 Comments

   by TONY ANDERSON   The Rockford Rams traveled to Jenison on Friday, Sept. 18, to play the upstart Wildcats. The Rams came in averaging 36 points a game, with the other three victories coming with wide margins of victory. The Wildcats came into the contest with a upset victory over Grandville, and feeling chippy. Jenison won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Rockford took possession on the 20-yard line after a touchback. The Rams stumbled and, after three plays, were forced to punt. The Wildcats returned the punt to the 37 and then had 10 yards tacked on by a penalty. Jenison seemed to have a drive going, but the Ram defense stepped up even after a very questionable face mask penalty, and forced a field goal. Rockford returned the kick to the 31-yard line, but was forced to punt after three plays. The Wildcats took over on the 22-yard line, and once again seemed to have a drive mounting. However, the Rams’ defense rose up and forced a punt, which didn’t go very far, and the Rams took over on the 44-yard line. The first quarter came to an end with Jenison ahead by 3. The second quarter opened with the Rams seeing second down and six yards to go. One play after picking it up, Rockford fumbled the ball. The Wildcats took over on the 36-yard line. After a six-yard pick-up on first down, the wheels seemed to fall off, and after three straight penalties, the Wildcats went from second down and four to second down and 36. The Wildcats—though making some plays and picking up a chunk of yards—were forced to punt. Rockford took over on the 44-yard line, but stumbled once more and were forced to punt after three runs, netting two yards.   Jenison took over on the 12-yard line after a first down. The Rams defense forced them to punt, and the Rams took over on the 43-yard line. Zach Haugen grabbed a pass from Taylor Masiewicz, and then Joey Johnson scampered 28 yards for a touchdown, with Paul Mudgett adding the point after. The Rams’ drive of 43 yards in four plays took 47 seconds.   The Wildcats took over on the 20-yard line […]