One reason for their success is 6'3, 275-lb junior Nick Matich, who helps control the trenches for his team.
"I play guard and defensive tackle," he said. "I'm not really sure where [I'm being recruited position-wise]. I know on my film I'm going to have offense and defense on it. I can play both ways, but mostly defense I think."
Matich is hearing from a number of schools right now, and has been able to get out on a couple of unofficial visits.
"I visited Michigan State. It was pretty good. I talked to the coaches a little bit, went on field, and it was surreal. I've heard from a lot of colleges. I visited Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, talked to Tennessee. They're waiting for my highlight film after the season."
When Matich went out to Pittsburgh, he got to see a game at Heinz Field, which stood out to him.
"It was definitely bigger than some of the other schools I've seen. Those people are pretty crazy out there, but I've liked every school I've visited so far. I'm just hoping to get to play college football somewhere."
Before recruiting goes any further though, Matich has business to take care of on the field first, namely, a smashmouth playoff game which should be right up his alley.
"Rockford is always a good team. They like to pound football up the middle just like we do."