In August, many believed that the Week 8 battle between Rockford and East Kentwood would go a long way in determining the champion of the OK Red Conference. With the unexpected emergence of West Ottawa, these two teams found themselves playing in a Week 8 battle that was still important, but it was more releveant toward the playoff picture. The Rams need to win both of their last two games to guarantee a clinched berth, while the Falcons needed just a single win in their last two to reach the threshold.

Malik Thompson would start the scoring off in this contest early in the second quarter when he ran the ball in from two yards out to give the Rams a 7-0 edge. The Falcons finished the half strong, putting a 25 yard field goal and a touchdown run on the board to take a three-point lead headed into the locker room.

With just under eight minutes to play in the third quarter, the Rams would tie the contest on an Eric Zeboek 40 yard field-goal try. At the end of the third quarter, perhaps the most influential play of the game took place on special teams on a Falcon field goal attempt. The kick was blocked by Chase Novak, and Marcus Remtema scooped the ball up and returned it 90 yards for a go-ahead touchdown, a ten-point swing. Thompson’s second touchdown of the night late in the fourth quarter put this contest on ice, as Rockford would walk out of “The Ted” with a 24-10 victory over Kentwood.

Next week, Rockford will attempt to get the elusive sixth win when it hosts Hudsonville, who will enter the contest at 4-4. For Kentwood, they also sit at 5-3 like Rockford, and their pursuit of win number six will lead them to a faceoff with Caledonia, who will come in at 3-5.


2Q 10:52ROCK 7-0Thompson 2yd run
2Q 6:12ROCK 7-3Short 25yd FG
2Q 0:34EK 10-7Blakely 2yd run
3Q 7:45ROCK 10-10Zeboek 40yd FG
3Q 0:39ROCK 17-10Remtema 90yd FG Block
4Q 1:20ROCK 24-10Thompson 5yd run