by Ryan Mosser
Early rain showers didn’t keep these football fans from attending one of the biggest games in the city as 6874 fans arrived amidst the rain and a chilly wind blowing in from Lake Michigan.
The first half was exciting despite only 9 points scored, with Muskegon taking a 6-3 lead into halftime. Both teams had chances to score touchdowns, but a strong defense on each side kept both teams out of the end zone.
Muskegon was the first to score in the second half and had a lead of 13-3 going into the fourth quarter. But the Rams of Rockford refused to lay down, storming back to make it a game. Rockford’s Ryan Darby blocked a Muskegon punt midway through the fourth quarter, which was recovered on Muskegon’s 24-yard line. It then took just a couple of plays for Rockford to score a 19-yard touchdown on a pass from quarterback Taylor Masiewicz to Neil VanderLaan.
As the Rockford fans rejoiced, they were quickly silenced by a missed extra point attempt. With 5:31 remaining, Muskegon was up 13-9. Muskegon got the ball back and after unsuccessfully gaining yardage, they were forced to punt. Rockford now had the ball at the 45 yard line of Muskegon and needed a touchdown to move ahead, and that is exactly what they did. With 14 seconds left in the game Taylor Masiewicz connected with Zach Haugen on a pass that crushed the Big Reds. The Rams held off for a few last second plays. and the boys from Rockford held on in a close one.
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- Rockford vs. Muskegon – 2009