Photo courtesy of Rick Laven


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The Rockford Rams continued their season on Friday night with a game against the Grand Haven Buccaneers. This game did not take place at the traditional 7:00 kickoff time, as Mother Nature forced this kickoff to start two hours earlier. The Rams got out to a hot start, and as things slow down the lead that they had built was sufficient. They were able to hold on for a 19-14 victory, their fifth of the season.

Just over a minute into this game, Rockford scored first. Chris Corey took to the air and connected with Eli Haddad for a 47 yard touchdown pass. Teagan Lenderink‘s extra point gave the Rams a 7-0 advantage. Two minutes later, Rockford was able to score once again. Lenderink’s 37 yard field goal kick sailed through the uprights to extend Rockford’s lead to ten points. The defense for Rockford added two points to the scoreboard when they were able to record a safety. Rockford would take this 12-0 lead into the locker room, as both defenses held serve in a scoreless second quarter.

In the third quarter, Grand Haven inched closer on one of the more impressive drives we have seen lately. The Buccaneers marched 98 yards, nearly the entire length of the field, and they capped it off with a four yard touchdown run. Connor Worthington‘s score made it 12-7 Rams as the game entered the final quarter of play.

Rockford extended their lead, sealing the win in the process when Jaiden Friesen was able to break the plane for the first time in this game. His 17 yard run made their lead insurmountable. Grand Haven was able to get a 22 yard passing touchdown to bring it back within five points with five minutes to play, but they were unable to overcome that deficit.

Rockford grinded out this victory to improve to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in the OK Red. The Rams are back in action next week when they hit the road to visit Ralph E Meyers Memorial Stadium to face the Caledonia Fighting Scots. Grand Haven on the other hand slides to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in league play. Next week, they will face East Kentwood.