The Kentwood Falcons and Rockford Rams squared off on Friday with the OK Red title implications on the line. The Falcons had already clinched at least a share of the title, but if Rockford defeated Kentwood they could earn their piece of the pie. A strong fourth quarter helped propel the Falcons past Rockford in this one 28-17 to earn the outright OK Red title.
East Kentwood started the game by driving down the field and scoring on a seven-yard touchdown run by Kionte Blakely. The Rams would respond on a 46-yard pass from Chris Corley to Eli Haddad to even the score at seven after the first twelve minutes.
Blakely, the Falcons’ star running back, again showed why he has been arguably the best running back in West Michigan this fall with a 43-yard touchdown run to give the Falcons a 14-7 run. This was the lone scoring play in the second quarter, giving EK the halftime lead.
The defenses, coupled with the weather, slowed things down in the third quarter. Kentwood was unable to come up with any points, but the Rams were able to close the gap to four points on a 44-yard field goal by Teagan Lenderink.
Though Blakely did not play in the second half, the Falcons’ running game did not skip a beat in the fourth quarter. Kentwood started the scoring with a four-yard run by Josh Ledesma to extend their lead to eleven. Six minutes later, Ledesma scored his second touchdown of the game from 28-yards out.
Rockford got a touchdown with one second to play, as Chris Corley connected with Drew Bareno from twenty-seven yards to bring the Rams within eleven, 28-17. It was too little too late, as they were unable to make up the gap.
Kentwood finishes the year at 8-1, their best record since 2014 when they reached the state semifinals. Rockford finishes the year at 5-4, and they will await their playoff fate on Selection Sunday. It appears that they will be in according to Snooze2You’s projections, but I am sure that Coach Munger and the Rams will be on the edge of their seats Sunday with their 23-year playoff streak on the line. In the event that the Rams get selected to the playoffs, tune into Michigan Sports Radio next week to follow along on their playoff pursuit.