The Coaching Staff of the Plymouth Rockies knew this week was going to be a â€ślittleâ€ť different than the previous two. Distractions of all sorts, were the hurdles for the interim Head Coach, Mike Kershner and the Rockies as they prepared for their first NLC contest last Friday night against the Warsaw Tigers.
Thanks to a strong defensive effort by the Rockies, the result was a 34-14 win over the Warsaw Tigers. That Rockie win made it 21 consecutive regular season wins and 15 NLC wins in a row dating back two years ago.
â€śThis week it was about focus for our kids. With Coach Barron not being there on the sidelines, his father passing away on Monday, the Blueberry Festival activities, and a short week for the kids at school, it could of spelled a recipe for disasterâ€ť, said interim Head Coach Mike Kershner. â€śBut it didn’t and we beat Warsaw which is what matters the most. I so proud of our kids, the coaching staff who helped me so much, and our great fans. We had the seats packed!â€ť, he added.
The first half was a very well played first-half defensively by both teams. Each allowed a touchdown. Each score were on impressive 17 and 18 play drives with Warsaw scoring in the final 19 seconds of the Second Quarter tie the game at 7-7 into halftime.
â€śI felt we played well in the first-half defensively, led by Damon Howe especially…but lacked a little something on the offense. We weren’t making adjustments offensively when Warsaw was changing their defensive schemes.â€ť, said Kershner.
It was another impressive third quarter for the Rockies as they came out of the gate strong
scoring two touchdowns within two minutes apart from each other.
â€śWe went 70 yards to break the 7-7 tie. I thought that drive was crucial for us since Warsaw failed on their opening drive to start the the thirdâ€ť, said Kershner. â€śBut that incredible 69 yard touchdown run by Houston (Hodges) was the back breaker. That run was an amazing effort in which Warsaw thought they had him and he escaped! Incredible run and a big play.â€ť, he added.
Warsaw answered back to end the third quarter with a 6 play-59 yard drive to get within a score, 21-14.
â€śI tightened up a little bit,â€ť, said Kershner. â€śBut I also felt we were one BIG play away from breaking the game open. That happened on our fourth score when our defense force Warsaw deep into their own end, they punted giving us great field position where we scored to give us a two touchdown cushionâ€ť, Kershner commented.
Plymouth scored a minute after that when Brock Smith scored his fourth touchdown of the season from 27 yards out to make the final 34-14.
â€śI proud to be a coach of this Rockie football program. I’m humbled John believed in me enough to let me be the interim Head Coach for this game. Being a former Rockie, beating Warsaw is special. But now it’s time to get our Head Coach back in the saddle and prepare us for Northridge.â€ť, said Kershner.