“I really was impressed with how we were playing in the first half against Concord.”, said Rockie Head Coach John Barron. “I felt we were establishing the line of scrimmage the best we have this season.”
Plymouth got on the board on a 7 play-80 yd drive finished off by a Chase Peters 3 yard scamper into the endzone to lead 7-0.
“As most Concord teams are, they are good at answering back and they did with a 13 play drive. Good news for us was we held them to a field goal to end the first quarter up 7-3.”, said Barron.
Plymouth added to their lead on a 13 play-72 yd drive seeing Chase Peters score a second time from 3 yards out to make it 14-3.
But Concord answered back on a 14 play-82 yd drive to cut the Plymouth lead to 14-10 into the half.
“I was feeling good about this half until we gave up a late touchdown in the final 33 seconds! You NEVER give up a late touchdown like that. NEVER! To me that was the play that changed the entire feel of the ballgame for us.”, said Barron. “The next question for us was…”How do we respond going into the second half.”
Plymouth stopped Concord on their first possession of the third quarter, but then things changed dramatically. Plymouth QB, junior Ike Kastner fumbled the football at the Rockie 25, resulting a Concord touchdown 4 plays later. That made it 17-14 Concord.
Next Rockie possession, another fumble….another Concord score. 24-14 Concord in the third quarter.
On the third possession, another turnover off a bad pitch by QB Kastner, to where it was scooped up and ended into the Rockie endzone thanks to Indiana University bound Jason Spriggs who scored.
Rockies turned over the football two more times afterwords, one resulting in another Concord score.
“This was one of the most unbelievable turn of events I have been part of as a Coach. We were a totally different football team in the second half compared to the first half. We struggle with adversity, have all season long. We have to be a team that scores early, then often just for our confidence sake. That comes from the kids…us coaches can’t teach that….that comes from with-in.”, said Barron.
Next Rockies home game will be this Friday night vs Goshen. Tailgate show at 5:15pm.