The Plymouth Rockies ran into a buzz-saw Friday night at Elkart Memorial High School. The Rockies whom have collected over 1,200 yards of offense in their last three games, were held to only 225 by nights end in a 35-0 loss to the Chargers.
“We played horrible.”, said Head Coach John Barron. “We had 6 possessions in the first half alone, and couldn’t convert on any fourth down plays, 4 of them while being on the Memorial side of the field. Just not good.”
Memorial’s defense was so stingy, that they held Plymouth fullback Sam Stevens to just 41 yards on 15 carries. Stevens was averaging 158 yards per game prior to Friday nights loss.
“They were taking away Sam and we never corrected at the (offensive) line. We were supposed to block their nose tackle and inside linebacker, but we never did. There was nothing Sam or Ike could do. We needed blocks, but never got them.”, said Barron.
The defense surrendered 327 yards of total offense to Memorial, of that Brody Rosenberg threw for 206 yards. Memorials first score was on a 38 yd pass to the front-right corner of the end zone to Urston Smith to make it 7-0 Chargers for the only score of the first half.
The second half started off promising with an on-side kick that was recovered by Plymouth’s Trenton Briles. Plymouth marched down to the Memorial 10 yard line, where the Chargers stopped the drive and took over on downs.
“That hurt. We needed to punch it in, we missed a tackle assignement, they stop us.”, added Barron.
Two minutes later Memorial scored making 14-0 and snowballed from there for Plymouth.
“I honestly don’t know what happened. I thought we were heading in the right direction with this team, but we have some things we need to take care of before Wawasee. We couldn’t finish offensively….stop them defensively on big plays.”, said Barron. “One thing I do know…we will get this corrected.”
Next Rockies Game on WTCA: Friday-23rd at Wawasee