Read about it in the Rockford Roar here: https://www.rockfordroar.com/news_article/show/1061835
Seven days ago, Rockford and their stout defense stifled East Kentwood and held them to just seven points. The MHSAA Playoff Selection Committee paired these two teams up for an instant rematch in a Division 1 playoff first round game. A hot start got East Kentwood rolling in this game, and they took that on their way to a 38-12 upset victory.
Josh Ledesma started the scoring for East Kentwood four minutes in. The Falcons capitalized on a fumble by Rockford and needed just three plays to find the end zone on his thirteen yard run. Before the first quarter ended, the Falcons went sixty five yards to set themselves up for a field goal. Christian Tanner successfully booted a twenty seven yard field goal to give Kentwood a 10-0 edge after the first twelve minutes.
After the Falcons defense forced and recovered another fumble, they set themselves up for another fast scoring drive. They needed just four plays before Tanner ran seventeen yards for a Kentwood score. On their next drive, the Falcons struck again. They took nine plays to cover sixty seven yards and Tanner found the end zone once again. His one yard run, and the ensuing extra point, gave Kentwood a 24-0 halftime lead.
Early in the third quarter, Rockford got on the board. They forced a safety to cut the lead to twenty two points. On the ensuing drive, Rockford got a forty three yard field by by Teagan Lenderink to move the score to 24-5. Late in the third quarter, East Kentwood responded with a seventy yard touchdown pass from Tanner to William Berris to make it 31-5 Falcons after three quarters of play.
The combination of Berris and Tanner paired up for another touchdown early in the fourth quarter. This sixty six yard touchdown pass put this game far out of reach. Before the game was over, Rockford scored their first touchdown of the game. Chris Corey and Eli Haddad paired up for a twenty one yard touchdown, Rockford’s last score of the season.
This game was one sided from the beginning. Kentwood’s offense was able to conjure up 453 yards of total offense, including 276 on the ground. Their defense was also stellar, as they limited Rockford to 186 yards of total offense and just fifty two rushing yards on thirty carries. With the win, East Kentwood advances to the district finals for the second straight year. They will be on the road next week again, as they travel to Brighton. The Bulldogs advanced to the district finals by defeating Holt 26-7 on Friday night.