Recovered Rockford football players return to action

Rockford returns to the field

LOWELL, MICH. - No one is saying the Rockford High School football team should have won or would have won their game Friday night if their players weren’t still recovering from intestinal illness.

But Rockford did lose to Lowell 21-10
And over the last 3 weeks 40 to 50 varsity players were infected with an intestinal parasite that caused diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and cramps. 

They had to forfeit their home opener last week because of the illness.

Before the Lowell game the athletic department and fans said they believe the team is ready and able to compete.

“Between 40 to 50 of the players came down with this infection or whatever it was,” says Rockford High School Director of Athletics Tim Erickson. “Pretty much all of them are back. But those who are playing certainly may get drained a little earlier than normal.”

“I have a grandson playing,” said Rockford fan Jim Starr. “He was ill.  And he assures me they have all gotten over their illness and they are ready to go.”

Investigators from the Kent County Health Department say they believe the players, a few coaches and a couple of parents came into contact with the parasite that made them sick during a weekend camping trip 3 weeks ago.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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