Photo courtesy of Miles Postema, Check out the game in pictures here: https://milespostema.smugmug.com/Rockford-Sports/2019-10-11-Rockford-vs-Hudsonville/
The first place position of the OK Red was on the line on Friday night when the Rockford Rams hosted the Hudsonville Eagles. Throughout the first six games, these two teams hung their hat on their abilities to play defense. This held true once more on Friday, as there were just 24 combined points between the two teams. Rockford was able to get three of the game’s four scores in a 17-7 win that puts them in the drivers’ seat for an OK Red championship.
The Hudsonville Eagles got off to a sloppy start when they fumbled on the game’s first drive. This set things up for Rockford, as they got the scoring started just three and a half minutes into the game when Chris Corey ran one yard to the end zone for Rockford’s first touchdown. The Eagles were unable to get anything going in the first quarter, as all three of their drives ended in fumbles.
On their opening drive of the second quarter, Hudsonville was able to draw the game even at seven points for each team. Ike Irish was able to run it in from four yards out to put the Eagles on the board. With just over two minutes left in the second quarter, Teagan Lenderink kicked a 25 yard field goal to give Rockford a 10-7 lead as the teams entered the locker room.
The defenses continued their stellar play and there was only one touchdown allowed in the second half. Halfway through the third quarter, Jaiden Friesen ran for a one yard touchdown to ice the game for the Rams, giving them the 17-7 lead. Turnovers were an issue for Hudsonville, as they lost five fumbles in this game. They also struggled to convert on third downs, as they were 4/10 on the game.
Due to the weather, this game saw very little passing. The teams ran the ball on 83 of their combined 105 plays. Ike Irish did have an impressive day rushing, as he has 29 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown. Friesen led Rockford with 95 yards rushing and the one touchdown.
With the victory, the 7-0 Rams are in sole possession of first place in the OK Red. Next week, they look to clinch a share of the title with a victory over Grandville. Hudsonville slides to 5-2, 3-1 in the OK Red. Next week they will take on East Kentwood with hopes of clinching a playoff berth.