BY DAVE PEDERSEN
The Rockets will celebrate the major remodeling of the stadium, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 against Eden Valley-Watkins. Fans will be invited on the field after the game to check out the new turf surface.
Rockford kicked off the season at Watertown Mayer last Thursday, losing 17-7. The Royals jumped on top early with a 25-yard field goal and 58-yard fumble recovery and score. A long Rockford drive fell five yards short to end the half down 10-0.
Early in the second half the Rockets capped a 78-yard scoring drive with a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brock Dearing to tight end Luke Schmitz.
The Royals answered in the next possession making the final score 17-7. A couple Rockford turnovers hindered the comeback effort.
Rockford’s leading tackler was junior linebacker Jake Clouse with 17. Junior linebacker Kane Vogel recorded 11 tackles, while Brendon Schumacher, Max Gulsvig, Sasha Galka and Luke Schmitz all had seven.
“We have some things we need to work on,” said head coach Dan Houghton. “This isn’t the way we thought we would start off the season. Turnovers really cost us in this game.”
Dearing was 10 for 19 passing for 158 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Seven different Rockets rushed the ball. The leader was Tommy Reinking, gaining 35 yards on 12 carries. Dearing carried the ball seven times for 21 yards and Galka rushed four times for 15 yards.
Six different players caught passes. Schumacher caught four passes for 51 yards, while Brody Harstad had two receptions for 45 yards.
Rockford had 238 total yards of offense, passing for 158 and rushing for 80. Watertown-Mayer had 197 total yards, 192 coming on the ground.
Last year Rockford won at Eden Valley-Watkins 13-12 and both teams come into the first conference matchup of the season at 0-1.
Luke Schmitz (left) of Rockford caught a touchdown pass in the loss to Watertown-Mayer to start the season. (Photo by Charles Read)
Rockford’s Brendon Schumacher (left) looks for running room against Watertown Mayer in the first game of the season. (Photo by Charles Read)
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