Holt passed one test last week on the road at Hudsonville, but couldn’t make it two for two in its home opener against Rockford.
Rockford held Holt (1-1) to 107 yards of total offense en route to a 22-0 victory Thursday. .
“They just controlled the ball. If it was third and four, they got five,” Holt coach Al Slamer said. “They kept us off the field and we were never able to get into any kind of offensive rhythm.”
Despite Holt’s inability to muster much offense, the first half was fairly even.
A 29-yard field goal by Rockford’s Casey Watters was all that separated the two teams until Rockford scored a key touchdown right before halftime.
Running back Connor Darby had a hard fought 14-yard run to the 1-yard line and then crashed in on the next play with 20 seconds to go in the half to increase Rockford’s lead to 10-0.
Sam Reinke had a 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for Rockford and junior quarterback Austin McKellar, a converted wide receiver, found Jacob Kaiser for a 9-yard touchdown pass in the fourth as Rockford continued to hammer away and run clock.
“We’ve got a lot of guys on our team. We sub a lot. We’re relatively fresh, but you know, at some time during the course of the game, you’ve got to get a stop,” Slamer said. “Sometime during the course of the game, you’ve got to make a play and we needed it and we never got that stop that we needed and we never got that big play that we needed.”