Quarterback Zak Ahern heads for the goal line for a score. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski
LOWELL – The Rockford JV football team entered Bob Perry Field in Red Arrow Stadium, Thursday, Sept. 5 looking for a victory and came away with a big one. The Rams dominated Lowell in every aspect of the game and breezed to a 48-14 win that showed the talent and weapons at head coach Brian Richardson’s disposal. The win moves the team’s record to 2-0 on the season, following the 45-6 romp over Heritage in Week 1.
The Rams showed tough defense in the first series when Lowell started at their own 15 and was only able to muster five yards before they had to punt. Due to Lowell being deep in their own territory, the Rams were the happy recipients of great field position, starting out at their own 43. The Rockford offensive onslaught only took 43 ticks off the clock, as Alex McLean hit the end zone on a rush to move the score to 6-0. A missed Ram PAT kept the score there. Lowell worked their way to their own 43 on their possession, but they faced a fourth-and-one and Richardson sent in to dogs on a blitz and slammed the door. Rockford’s next possession also garnered a touchdown after they took over on the 43 and moved the ball to the 16-yard line on a Cooper Nairy rush. Quarterback Zak Ahern did the honors of running the ball into the end zone to move the score to 12-0. After a successful Dolan Harmsen PAT, the Rams held a 13-0 lead.
A couple of Ram fumbles made things a bit interesting at the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second. Lowell was able to steal the ball with the recovery on the second one at Rockford’s 36-yard-line. The Rams answered strong on first down, pushing them back five yards. Lowell was looking at a second-and-15 at the 41-yard-line when Red Arrow quarterback Nate Cleaver aired it out for a touchdown pass to move the score to 13-6. A successful two-point conversion on a quarterback keeper had the Rams looking at a 13-8 lead. Lowell was pumped as they ran to the sideline facing only a five-point deficit.
Rockford didn’t let them hold that feeling long, however, as the Rams started a drive at their own 40 and took four minutes to hit pay dirt. A second-and-seven on the Lowell 45 saw Ahern connect with Elliott Young to bring the ball to the 16-yard-line. Matthew Johnson finished off the drive with a rush to the end zone to move the score to 19-8. Rockford went for a 2-point conversion and was successful with a pass from Ahern to Sam Watts to give the Rams a 21-8 lead.
The Rams stifled the Lowell offense and got the ball back with just 1:55 left in the first half. Rockford marched 49 yards, with Camden Whyte showing jets with a 38-yard run to the end zone for a touchdown and six points. Harmsen’s PAT was good and the score was 28-8 as the teams headed into the locker room.
It only took the Rams :45 seconds to score at the start of the third quarter. Rockford was looking at a second-and-seven at the Lowell 45-yard line when Ahern handed the ball to running back Gabe Spees and he carried it through the goal line to put six up on the board for the Rams. Another successful Harmsen PAT moved the score to 35-8. The Rams connected again in the third quarter when the Rams were looking at a third-and-13 at the Lowell 14 when Ahern threw it to the end zone and Young leapt for the ball making an amazing catch for the touchdown. After another successful PAT the score was 41-8. A 13-yard run by Ram Preston Korytkowski closed out the third quarter.
Lowell was moving the ball and threatening in the fourth quarter, but a Red Arrow fumble and a recovery by Young found the Rams with a first-and-10 at the Lowell 8-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, replacement quarterback RJ Todd handed the ball to Andrew Griffin, who promptly ran the ball 92 yards for a touchdown. A successful Harmsen PAT moved the score to 48-8. The Red Arrows were able to score a final touchdown with just 15 ticks left on the clock to move the score to 48-14. Their two-point conversion was no good and when the final buzzer sounded the Rams owned the 48-14 victory.
The Rams will play host to Detroit Catholic Central, Thursday, Sept. 12, with kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Alex McLean heads for a score. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski
The Ram defense stifled the Red Arrows all night. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski
Dolan Harmsen kicks a PAT against Lowell. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski
Elliott Young grabs the ball for a big reception for the Rams. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski
Matthew Johnson carries the ball for the Rams against Lowell. ~ Photo by Kari Korytkowski