The season opener between Rockford and Saline at the Big House in Ann Arbor turned into a defensive slugfest. The Rams defense proved their mettle by shutting out the Hornets in a 14-0 win.

Saline averaged nearly 42.5 points a game in 2016, a season that ended with a one point loss to Detroit Cass Tech in the regional finals.

Ian Rodriguez opened the scoring for Rockford with a 24 yard Touchdown run midway through the first quarter for a seven nothing lead. Rockford would add to the lead in the fourth when Jason Whittaker and Eli Haddad connected on a 58 yard scoring pass extending the lead to 14.