The Rockford Rams and Hudsonville Eagles played a phenomenal game in Week 7. In the district finals, these two teams were set for a rematch. In yet another epic contest, these two teams went back and forth throughout the night. A late game touchdown by Jack Richardson lifted Rockford to a district title for the first time since 2015, and they now have a potential rematch with Kentwood next week in regionals.
In the first quarter, Rockford started the scoring with a Jaiden Friesen touchdown run of two yards. This capped off a long drive for the Rams, and they took a 7-0 lead into the second quarter.
The second quarter saw a pair of touchdowns, both occurring in the final minute of the half. The Eagles broke off a 18 yard touchdown pass with 36 seconds left to even the score. Just twenty-two seconds later, Rockford scored on a tremendous play call by Ralph Munger and staff. They dialed up a double pass that saw Chris Corey toss the ball to Drew Bareno. Bareno then threw it down field to Eli Haddad for a 26 yard touchdown. Rockford’s touchdown gave them a 14-7 halftime edge.
Hudsonville scored the only touchdown of the third quarter when Branden Hayes capped off a lengthy Eagles drive with a one yard touchdown run. This brought the Eagles within one point heading into the fourth quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, Hudsonville would take the lead on a 78 yard touchdown run by Jordan Wenzel. Rockford would claw within four points of the Eagles when their defense forced a safety. On the ensuing offensive possession, Rockford took the lead for good on a 48 yard run by Jack Richardson.
The Rams defense would hold the final four minutes, allowing them to seal the 24-21 victory. The victory earns Rockford a district title and a shot at the regional title next weekend. Tomorrow’s winner between Saline and East Kentwood will host Rockford next weekend. This game will be broadcast LIVE on Michigan Sports Radio either on Friday or Saturday. Stay tuned to the website for kickoff dates, opponents and times.