Apparently even a school as big as Rockford can experience depth problems when the injury bug runs wild. Down to their third string QB, and without top player KC Zenner, the Rams just didn’t have the manpower to stand up to the stalwart defense of Lowell, losing 16-6. It’s the second-straight season opener the Red Arrows have won against Rockford.
*Lowell’s defensive efforts were led by two seniors, Pierce Watson and Reed Stormzand. Watson showed great instincts and athleticism at defensive end. His pass rushing moves were equally impressive for a high school player. At the next level, his size will probably dictate a move to outside linebacker. Right now, however, he’s simply a baller any time he’s on the field. Stormzand showed great speed at linebacker and made a lot of critical plays, including a sack that caused a safety. He benches 225 for 15 reps and has great speed and power. Stormzand will be a steal for someone at the next level.
*On the other side of the field, Lowell’s offense was sparked by first-time starting QB Titan Anderson. He dominated the ground with a rushing attack and found a big targer through the air in Zach Huver, connecting on a timely TD.
*Rockford’s only TD came from running back Connor Darby. The 6-0, 195 senior ran well and was active on defense all night.
*Rockford has one of the state’s top junior inside linebacker duos in Brent Showers and Randy Garvin. Showers showed good lateral quickness and made plays sideline-to-sideline all night. You can tell he has a high football IQ. Showers’ running mate, Garvin, has a nose for the ball as well and made his presence known. They keyed a Rams defense that played relatively well until fatigue settled in in the fourt quarter. Rockford’s lack of offensive production just kept its defense out there too long.