BY DAVID PEDERSEN
For the third week in a row Rockford had the lead in the second half of a football game and somehow ended up on the losing end.
The Rockets lost 28-20 last Friday to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in a game that went down to the wire.
“Because of a turnover, penalty or missed extra point, we have found ourselves on the losing end each week,” said coach Dan Houghton. “It’s been tough because we are playing well enough to win, but the ball isn’t bouncing our way right now.”
Rockford played well at times, compiling 387 yards of offense against BBE. Quarterback Brock Deering was 17 for 36 passing for 265 yards. Brody Harstad caught six passes for 125 yards and Brendon Schumacher had six catches for 90 yards. Jordan Redepenning rushed the ball 12 times for 60 yards.
“If we use these loses as learning lessons, this will help us in the playoffs,” adds Houghton about how the team turned a low section seed into the section title game before losing in overtime. “But we need to make sure we are doing that.”
The Jaguars scored first, but Rockford answered with a 24-yard pass from Deering pass to tight end Adam Jakes, who was ruled down at the half yard line. On the next play, Nick Suardi scored to tie the game at seven.
In the second quarter, Deering hit Schumacher from 31 yards out to make it a 14-7 at halftime.
A good start to the second half was halted when the Rockets fumbled on the BBE 15. The Jaguars took advantage of the mistake and scored to tie the game.
Rockford drove down the field again and this time stalled out at the nine. BBE was faced with a third down and eight on their own 29 when launching a 71-yard touchdown pass.
The Rockets again took the ball down deep into Jaguar territory, this time scoring on a 13-yard run by Deering. The extra point try was missed and Rockford trailed by one.
With two minutes and one time out left, the Rockets decided to let BBE score to get the ball back instead of having the Jaguars possibly kneel on the ball to end the game.
Deering again drove the offense all the way to the Jaguar 22 before the drive ended, as did the game.
On defense, linebacker Jake Clouse led the way with 13 tackles. Sasha Galka had 10 tackles, while Ben Arens, Logan Suko and Dylan Fitzsimmons each had nine tackles.
This week the Rockets host the Pierz Pioneers for homecoming, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. Pierz is 4-1 and Rockford is 1-4.