Rockford looks to cap off perfect regular season at Grand Haven
For only the third time this year Rockford will be the visiting team when they journey to Grand Haven to take on the Buccaneers on Friday, October 22. Rockford will enter the fray with an unblemished record of 8-0 and 6-0 in OK Red play. There is a substantial amount at stake for the Rams. The perfect mark of 9-0 is obviously one of the teams’ goals, but a win would also procure sole possession of first place in the always competitive OK Red. But another critical mark that is within reach is the top seed in the MHSAA Division 1 playoffs. The Rams have a substantial lead at this point and a victory would assure it. That would guarantee three home games at a minimum provided the team kept on winning.
Grand Haven comes into the contest with a mark of 3-5 and a season that could be broken down into two parts. The first four contests saw the Bucs go 3-1 and in the thick of the battle for the lead in conference play. But the last four games have seen them go 0-4 and struggle on both sides of the ball. But this is a rivalry that has often brought out the best of what Grand Haven has to offer and many games have ended up quite different from the general consensus entering the game.
Rockford holds a commanding 33-4 lead in head-to-head play and the last time the two teams met was in 2019. That game saw Rockford earn a very hard-fought 19-14 win over a physical squad from the lakeshore. Last years’ contest fell by the wayside due to the pandemic. The last win that Grand Haven had in the series came in 2010 as they beat Rockford 26-23 and earned a share of the OK Red title with the Rams. Last year saw Grand Haven finish very strong as they went 6-5 and earned a victory in the MHSAA playoffs.
Grand Haven averages 15 points per contest while allowing 30. Rockford is putting up 41.5 points while giving up 18. The Buccaneers are coached by a familiar face in 2021 with the return of Mark Farley to the sidelines. Farley coached Grand Haven from 2006-13 and compiled an overall mark of 44-32 while there. He has been a head coach for 24 seasons and has an overall record of 79-60 while coaching at several different high schools.
Kickoff is slated for 7:00 P.M. You can listen live at www.michigansportsradio.com