GOSHEN-The Rockies needed a win in a big way, and last Friday night they got it! Plymouth had the offense clicking in both halves against the Redskins in a 41-20 victory.
“We had a really good week of practice. That sets the tone for Friday night.”, said Rockie Head Coach John Barron.
Things didn’t start off well for Plymouth when Goshen mustered a four play-86 yard drive, thanks to a 72 yard touchdown run by Chunie Pung making the score 7-0 Goshen. That was all Goshen would get until the fourth quarter against Plymouth’s second team defense.
“We threw in a few new plays to get Houston (Hodges) involved in the offense more. He had a great run on a option keep. He sees the field so well when he runs. It was a great answer after giving up the games first touchdown.”, added Barron.
The Rockies defense saw a new look in some key places. The Defensive End position has been one of rotating players every game so far this season. But Karl Faultstich and Nathan Benham anchored the ends well for most of the game, slowing down Goshen’s ability to use their speed to the outside.
The other new face was Daulton VanDusen at Inside Linebacker, “Daulton played very well. He finished with four tackles and had played hard. He has that linebacker mentality. I was pleased. The other defensive player of the game, I thought, was Jordan Knapp. He read plays well all night long. We knew he could perform like this, so it wasn’t a surprise but expected knowing what he can do out there. But he played outstanding.”, said Barron.
While the defense was holding Goshen in check, the Rockie offense was running and throwing the ball with power and some confidence. It was 27-7 at halftime, and the Rockies had two passing touchdowns, both to tight end Mitch Holloway.
“That was great to see. We got our blocks and Houston simply placed the ball where only Mitch could make the catch. We can mix it up, we just haven’t successfully every game. And we look confident throwing the ball too, that means a lot.”, said Barron.
Hodges threw for two touchdowns and ran for two. Coach do think he’s healthy?
“It sure looked that way didn’t it. Houston is a competitor and wants to be on the field. He’s our leader. This team looks to him to lead by example, and he does. On top of the fact, he’s just a great kid to be around.”, added Barron.
The Rockies finish their season against Northwood at the Rockpile. WTCA pre-game show around 6:20pm. Kick-off slated for 7:30pm.