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The Rockford Rams defense has been inconsistent throughout the 2018 campaign. In their three losses, Rockford yielded 38.3 points per game. In their two victories entering Friday night, the Rams had given up zero points. This Friday night, Rockford’s defense finally yielded a point in a victory, a last second thirty-one yard touchdown by Zach Tuori, but they made big play after big play in a 42-6 win over Caledonia.
Rockford’s offense wasted no time in this contest as they marched right down the field to begin the game. In just over three minutes, they covered the length of the field and capped off their opening drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by Connor White. The Rams would extend their lead to fourteen points before the end of the quarter as Jaiden Friesen found a seam for a 38 yard score.
Caledonia started the second quarter with the ball, and they were putting together a strong drive. This was abruptly halted however by Dylan Dams, who stepped in front of Jax Kinninger’s pass and returned it to the Caledonia 26 yard line. A few plays later, Jack Richardson found the end zone from three yards out to give the Rams a 21-0 edge.
On the ensuing Caledonia drive, the Scots got all the way to the Rockford four yard line. A key holding penalty, paired with a sack, forced the Scots into attempting a 41-yard field goal. Troy Saylor’s kick was blocked and Rockford returned it all the way to the Caledonia 35 yard line. Three plays later, Nate Bareno hauled in a 25 yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 28-0. The score would remain this way heading into the locker room.
In the third quarter, Rockford again scored on a run by Richardson. This 18 yard carry extended the lead to 35 points and put the running clock into effect. The final Rockford touchdown came on the defensive side. The snap bounced off of Kinninger’s hands, and took a beautiful basketball bounce off the turf into the hands of 6’1, 260 pound defensive tackle Collin Herman, and the senior was off to the races scoring a 31 yard touchdown.
Two of the Scots best plays took place in the final quarter, one on each side of the football. With about nine minutes to go and the Rams driving, the defense forced a fumble and junior Luke Houser pounced on it. The other key play in the quarter was Kinninger’s screen pass to Zach Tuori. The senior caught some key blocking and ran across the field and through the defense thirty-one yards into the end zone for the Scots lone touchdown on the night.
With the win, Rockford improves to 3-3 on the season and 2-1 in the OK Red. Next week, they have a very important league tilt against the Eagles of Hudsonville. For Caledonia, they drop their fifth straight contest to slide to 1-5 on the year and 0-4 in the OK Red. Next week, they will host the Buccaneers of Grand Haven for their homecoming contest.