Last week, in the first round of the playoffs, Rockford avenged a loss to Hudsonville, while the Grandville Bulldogs went back to their shutout ways. This week, Grandville had the opportunity to avenge their lone loss of the regular season and at the same time earn a district championship with a victory over Rockford. The Bulldogs did just that, as they won tonight 20-9 to earn the school’s first district championship since 2003.

The defenses played a strong first half, as a field goal by Eric Zebook was the only scoring for either side, giving Rockford a 3-0 edge headed into the locker room. This first half signaled that the contest was going to be very similar to the low scoring affair last month.

In the third quarter, the Grandville punt block unit provided the first spark for the team and they deflected a punt and returned it to the end zone for the game’s first touchdown. This gave Grandville all of the momentum in this one, as they rattled off twenty unanswered points to take a commanding lead.

A late touchdown by Rockford trimmed the margin to eleven, but it was not enough to overcome a huge start to the second half by Grandville. By avenging the loss, Grandville earned the district title, and they will advance to next week’s regional championship game, where they will take on the winner of tomorrow’s matchup between Novi and Detroit Catholic Central.

SCORING SUMMARY

QuarterScoreScoring Play
1ROCK 3-0Zebook 27yd FG.
3GV 7-3Punt Block TD
3GV 10-3Peddie 40yd FG.
4GV 13-3Peddie 27yd FG
4GV 20-3Gable 2yd run.
4GV 20-9Blick 12yd TD.