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Rockford 16, Muskegon 13 (10/09/09)

October 10, 2009

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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