BY DAVID PEDERSEN
The Rockford Rockets were off the mark when going against a conference football leader Friday, falling to Pierz 40-0 for homecoming.
In the previous three games the Rockets had the lead in the second half, only to have it slip away in the end. This game was completely different as Pierz rolled to a 33-0 halftime lead.
Coach Dan Houghton said in the second half the Rockets started playing better on both sides of the ball, but the lead was too great. In the first half, Pierz scored on runs of 63, 3, 4, 1 and 7 yards. A scoring run of 17 yards accounted for all the second half points.
“The wind was a factor, but doesn’t explain why we didn’t move the ball offensively,” notes Houghton, adding how open receivers were not found and how five passes were dropped. “We need to start doing the little things right. When that happens we will see the results on the scoreboard.”
Offensively, quarterback Brock Deering completed 6 of 15 passes for 49 yards and had one intercepted. Brendon Schumacher caught two passed for 36 yards and Brody Harstad caught two for 11 yards. Running back Nick Suardi had 18 carries for 41 yards.
Defensively, linebacker Jake Clouse led the team with nine tackles. Linebackers Ben Arens and Logan Suko, along with defensive back Sasha Galka, all had eight tackles.
This week the Rockets play at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Last season Rockford won 15-14. This year both teams are 1-5 overall.
Rockford rounds out the regular season at home against Holdingford, Wednesday, Oct. 17.