Wide receiver Ethan Lyon pulls in a pass from QB Mac VandenHout for a touchdown against Lowell. ~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory
LOWELL – The Rockford Rams freshman football team took a road trip to Lowell, Thursday, Sept. 5, and came home with a victory. Head coach Tim Saur’s Rams topped the Red Arrows in a 20-0 romp that found them exploring all aspects of the game and shining on defense to protect the shut out. The win moves the team’s season record to 2-0, after last week’s 27-6 win over St. Johns.
The Rams struck pay dirt first in the game. Rockford was looking at a third-and-nine at the Lowell 45 with just a 1:30 left in the first quarter when quarterback Mac VandenHout connected with wide receiver Jonny Rohen-Blanton, who moved the ball to the 10-yard line. The Rams pushed the ball to the one, and on fourth down running back Rick Beison enjoyed the honor of blasting into the end zone for the first score of the game. Noah Lepzinski’s PAT was good to move the score to 7-0.
Lowell threatened to score late in the second quarter but shot themselves in the foot twice with illegal procedures, to move themselves away from the goal line. The Red Arrows were staring at a fourth-and-11 on the 15 when they went with a pass play thatRam Brody Thompson did a great job of breaking up to save the score. Rockford got the ball on their own 15 with just 2:30 left in the quarter, but the Lowell defense stiffened to cause a Ram punt. Rockford crushed the Lowell receiver causing a fumble that the Rams recovered on the Lowell 47-yard-line. A quick pass moved the ball to the 31-yard-line, and then VandenHout threw a soaring strike with just :58 ticks left in the half to Ethan Lyon for a Ram score to light up the scoreboard at 13-0.
The third quarter started out with the Red Arrows in possession of the ball. They were looking at a big fourth-and-two play on the Ram 39 and went for the first down, with Ram Kaden Schuelke coming up with the big stop. Rockford worked their way down the field to the 25-yard-line. A 15-yard pass to Lyon had the Rams looking at a first-and-goal at the 10-yard line. Unfortunately, a Ram fumble gave Lowell the ball back. The Rockford defense tightened up and held Lowell, getting the ball back for the fourth quarter.
Rockford’s final scoring drive started at the Lowell 25-yard line. An illegal procedure call against the Rams had them moving back to the 30. Ram running back Austin Harvey carried the ball all the way to the four-yard line for a huge gain. The Rams moved the ball to the two-yard line and a pass to wide receiver Seth Evans in the end zone gave the Rams a 19-0 score, and a good PAT had the Rams owning a 20-0 lead. Rockford threatened one more time during the game, but came up just short to close the game with a 20-0 victory.
Next week Rockford will face off against West Ottawa, Thursday, Sept. 12, at home with play starting at 4:30 p.m.
A Lowell defender works to bring wide receiver Jonny Rohen-Blanton down after a 35-yard reception. ~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory
Noah Lepzinski kicks an extra point for the Rams. ~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory
Ram Colby Weston takes down a Lowell ball carrier. ~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory
The Ram defense played tough all night, keeping Lowell off the scoreboard. ~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory