After 28 years and a ton of success under the direction of recently retired Ralph Munger, the Rockford football program is kicking off a new era with longtime assistant Brent Cummings taking over as head coach.
“It is going great," Cummings said. "To be surrounded by our coordinators, our assistant coaches, to see the energy that that they're leading these kids with is just phenomenal. The sense of energy that we get from the kids under their leadership is just fun to watch and we're having a riot with it.”
Defending OK Red champ @RockfordRamsFB has a new head coach for the first time in 28 years and a new offense as well. The defense should be talented, experienced and strong once again. pic.twitter.com/2iEVP3Y8S7— FOX 17 Blitz (@FOX17Blitz) August 12, 2020
“It's been really good," senior linebacker Ben Tadych added. "I think coach Cummings is a great guy you know coach Munger left a great legacy behind him and coach Cummings brings another level of energy to the field that it's just been awesome.”
The Rams won the OK Red conference title outright last season and return more than half of their starters from a defense that held seven of their 10 opponents to two scores or fewer.
“We have a great class from last year that's returning and we have a great class coming up," senior linebacker Cole Gleason said. "It's just the best you could hope for. I mean if we can have a season it's really awesome.”
Rockford's junior varsity team was undefeated in 2019.
The Rams are scheduled to open the season at home Friday August 28th against Sterling Heights Stevenson.