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The Rockford Rams entered Friday’s road contest just a win away from qualifying for the playoffs. In a gritty battle that went down to the final drive of the game, Rockford was able to escape Ralph E Meyers Memorial Stadium with a 10-7 victory. This sixth win in as many games clinched their berth in the 2019 postseason.
Throughout this entire contest, both defenses played tremendous football. They created turnovers and limited the big scoring plays. Neither team scored for the first 23 minutes of this game, but in the waining seconds of the first half, Rockford finally got on the board. Chris Corey was able to connect with Eli Haddad on a wide reciever screen and Haddad ran 36 yards to the end zone. This scoring play gave the Rams a 7-0 edge that they would carry into the locker room.
Rockford extended their lead in the fourth quarter when Teagan Lenderink was able to convert a 35 yard field goal. This kick gave the Rams a 10-0 advantage. Caledonia responded with an impressive drive that covered the length of the field. It was capped off by a double pass that saw wide reciever Jack Snider to Carson Vanderhoff for a 23 yard touchdown. This touchdown brought the game within three points with half of the fourth quarter to play.
The Rams drove down the field and got deep into Caledonia territory before Dilon Herrema came up with a key interception. The Scots wasted no time and began marching down the field. They got all the way to the Rockford 26 yard line before they were faced with a 4th and 13 situation. The Scots elected to send out the field goal kicker and attempt a 43 yard field goal for the tie. This kick broke the goal line, but was short of the goal posts and Rockford was able to hold on for a 10-7 victory.
This game was led on both sides by the defenses. Rockford committed two turnovers, as Snider and Herrema record interceptions for the Scots. On Caledonia’s side, a pair of missed field goals and 0/10 on third down played a big part in their inability to emerge with a victory. On the offensive side, it was the rushing attacks that starred for both teams as well. Jaiden Friesen led Rockford with 51 yards on 12 carries, and Caledonia was led by Carson Vanderhoff with 167 rushing yards.
Rockford moves to 6-0 with this win, and they will play Hudsonville next week in a first place battle for the OK Red. For Caledonia, they are now 2-4 on the year and their back is against the wall. They need to win out to have any chance at the posteason, and this starts next week against Grand Haven.