Photo courtesy of Miles Postema

The Rockford Rams began the season as a preseason favorite to win the OK Red and to make a deep playoff push. While the first goal was unsuccessful, they took a big stride in making the second goal a reality on Friday night in Grand Ledge. They traveled to the greater Lansing area and left with a 36-0 shutout victory over the Comets.

Offensively, the scoring started with a one-yard touchdown run by Austin Klein. The Rams then paired a stop with a Jack Richardson twelve yard passing touchdown to extend their lead to 13-0 after the first quarter.

On the first play of the second quarter, the Rams struck again as Marcus Remtema hauled in a thirteen yard pass for a score, extending Rockford’s lead to twenty. A 26 yard field goal by Erik Zeboer put the Rams in front comfortably 23-0 heading to the locker room.

In the second half, the story was much of the same for both sides of Ralph Munger’s team. The defense completed its shutout of the 8-1 Comets, while the offense expanded on the margin of victory. Jake McClean hauled in a 20-yard pass for a touchdown in the third quarter, and Logan Lee was on the reciivng end of a 29-yard pass in the fourth quarter to cap off a four touchdown night for Northwestern commit Jason Whittaker. The Rams would comfortably win this contest 36-0. Next week, they will advance to the district finals, where they will rematch West Ottawa, a close contest that decided the league title just two weeks ago.