BY DAVE PEDERSEN
Rockford’s football team looked for an encore performance against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at homecoming Friday after playing well in the upset victory over ranked Maple Lake. However, the curtain fell on the Rockets in a 22-7 defeat.
The Rockets had plenty of good plays involving long gainers that were called back due to penalties. Multiple long drives fell short too often for Rockford to climb on top.
“We were in it the whole time and had multiple opportunities, but lack of execution allowed BBE to come in here and knock us off,” said coach Dan Houghton. “We need to regroup and make the plays needed to win games heading into the second half of the season.”
Rockford heads to face Pierz Friday, Oct. 4. Pierz is 3-2 and Rockford is 2-3, both teams tied at 2-2 in the Central Minnesota Conference.
The first play for Rockford against BBE went for an interception, resulting in a touchdown two plays later and a 2-point conversion on a faked extra point.
Quarterback Brock Deering responded with a 53-yard touchdown pass to running back Sasha Galka. Rockford’s defense did its part to slow down BBE.
Cornerback Tommy Traen had an interception. Defensive end Andrew VanDehey forced fumble that was recovered by linebacker Jake Clouse, who made a diving pass breakup on the goal line to stop the BBE drive.
BBE upped the lead to 15-7 when scoring to open the second half. Cornerback Jeremy Bingham had an interception in the end zone to keep the game close. BBE scored late in the game to make the final 22-7.
Rockford put up 260 yards of total offense compared to 297 for BBE. Deering was 14 of 28 passing for 234 yards with one touchdown and interception.
Clouse rushed nine times for 21 yards. Brody Harstad caught five passes for 48 yards and Brendon Schumacher gained 49 yards on three catches. Clouse led the defense by making 20 tackles at linebacker and had the fumble recovery. Schumacher had 12 tackles and linebacker Kane Vogel had 11.