DUNLAP—The Plymouth Rockies were hoping to stop a brief one game losing streak against their arch rivals, the Concord Minutemen on Friday. However, size overcame speed and the Minutemen handled the Rockies 27-6. The Concord win snapped a 4 game losing streak for the Rockies who fall to 5-2 on the season, 3-2 vs NLC.
“The were bigger and stronger than us on a lot of plays. Our biggest mismatch were at our ends on both sides of the ball. We were out sized and outplayed by them. They’re a good ball club.”, said Rockies leader John Barron.
Once again, the Rockies struggled throwing the football getting no passing yards by games end. Sophomore QB, Ike Kastner, three the ball twice, one for an interception. Senior Houston Hodges came in under the center in the second half and went 0-for-1 throwing the ball.
“We have to incorporate the passing game somehow. By being one dimensional it’s going to put a lot more pressure on the ground game to perform. We know that. But with who have, “we are who we are”! We can run the football with the best of them.”, said a disappointed Barron.
Concord flexed their muscle against the Plymouth running game in the first half, allowing the Rockies only 51 yards on the ground by halftime.
“We had to go back to the basics at halftime. We had to start over. Nothing was working to keep Concord off the field on offense. Our coaching staff felt, despite being banged up with some our key kids, we should bring back the original personnel back in our “T” (formation). I felt it was the only chance we had to get back in the ballgame or keep them from blowing this game wide open.”, said Barron.
The move proved positive offensively collecting an additional 201 yards on the ground by games end. Cole Mann, Chase Peters, Sam Stevens and Brock Smith were rotated at the running back position. However, defensively, Concord’s fourth score was the final dagger when Logan Draus scored on a beautiful post route for a 63 yard touchdown scamper into the
end zone making the score 28-0.
“That looked like a college play. Anthony Yoder is a very good quarterback and spit our two defenders, who were right there positionally, with his pass to Draus. Draus ran a great route as well.”, said Barron.
Plymouth finally mustard a score in the fourth quarter when Senior Brock Smith scored early in the quarter. It was a 13 play-80 yard drive.
“That was a nice drive. We controlled the line which was a battle all night long. We held them for the rest of the quarter which was another positive to take away from this one. I we get another shot at them in the post-season. We will be healthy and even more prepared by then.”, added Barron.
Plymouth travels to Goshen next Friday. WTCA Pre-Game Show 6:20pm. Kick-Off at 7:30pm.