ROCKFORD, Mich. — For the first time since 1991, Rockford debuted a new head coach as Brent Cummings takes over for the legendary Ralph Munger in 2020. The Rams hosted Jenison in an OK Red showdown.
The game was a defensive battle throughout but trailing 3-0 late in the third quarter, Sam Watts delivered a punishing hit to a Jenison receiver which led to a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown.
After a two-yard touchdown scamper by Jenison quarterback, Jaden Vandalsen, the Rams would respond with an outstanding drive late in the fourth quarter that resulted in a 31-yard field goal by kicker Jackson Burkholder as time expired.
The game would head to overtime tied 10-10.
After three tries from the opponent's ten-yard line, Jenison had to settle for a short field goal by senior Nate Ross to give the Wildcats a 13-10 lead.
Next, it was Rockford's turn from the opponent's ten and on third down it was junior quarterback Zak Ahern on the keeper, who reversed field and dove for the pylon, knocking it over and sealing the victory for the Rams, 16-13.
The overtime victory marked Brent Cummings' first win at the helm for Rockford after taking over for Coach Munger.
"Yes, a new head coach, however, we have a staff that has done this for a long time," Cummings said when asked about what his first win meant, "I'm just happy for them, and our group of seniors and our entire team. It's more about them and I'm so happy for our entire group."
And Munger was in attendance to witness the thrilling win.
"Ralph is here, it was great to see him," Cummings added, "to have a win like this in front of a mentor is a special deal."
The Rams will travel to Caledonia in week two.