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The Rockford Rams started their season 1-3, yielding points left and right to their opponents. Something must have clicked for the Rams at practice in Week 5, because in their past three games Rockford has yielded just thirteen total points. This week, Hudsonville’s offense was stifled by Rockford in a 13-7 win for the Rams to improve to 4-3 on the season.
Hudsonville’s defensive unit has also been stout this season as they have not allowed more than 20 points in any contest, and this has helped Coach Sandee’s bunch to their hot start this season. The Eagles are still just one win away from reaching the postseason after today’s defeat.
Rockford started the scoring tonight with a Teagen Lenderink field goal from 32 yards at the end of the first quarter of play. This was the only scoring that took place in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Hudsonville scored the only touchdown of the first half. With just under five minutes left in the half, Brennan Hayes found Bryce Ouding for an eight yard touchdown pass. The extra point left Hudsonville up 7-3 heading into the locker room.
There were ten points scored in the second half, and they were all scored by Rockford in the third quarter. Lenderink’s second field goal of the game, this time from 29 yards, cut the deficit to just one point. After getting a key stop, they got their lone touchdown pass on a catch from Eli Haddad from 32 yards. This would put the Rams ahead by a score of 13-7.
After both defenses held serve in the fourth quarter, Rockford would hold emerge six-point winners. This gives Rockford a winning record for the first time this season. At 4-3, they still have a strong shot at reaching the postseason. With a 3-1 OK Red record, they also remain alive in the hunt for a league championship. Next week’s matchup against Grandville will go a long way in determining their ability to do both of these things. For Hudsonville, they have dropped two of their last three games to slide to 5-2 on the year. At 3-1 in the OK Red, they also have a chance to win the league, and they need one more win to reach the playoffs. Next week, the Eagles travel to Kentwood.