Amidst a 4 game losing streak, the Plymouth Rockie coaching staff felt it was time for a change. So this week they changed the offense around moving more to a “Pro” look in their running game doing away with the “flex” look. The move came before the final regular season game against the Northwood Panthers. Unfortunately, it was the same result…a 21-8 loss to the Panthers.
“Overall very pleased with our kids effort. I think they adusted well to the new offense with only one week preparation.”, said Rockie Coach John Barron. “We faced an outstanding team in Northwood. Coy Brown is the real deal on both sides of the ball, heading to Bowling Green next year I think?”
Brown was the man indeed scoring twice in the ballgame, accounting for 2 of the 3 scores by Northwood. 21 unanswered points by the Panthers led to the Rockies defeat.
“We scored the first touchdown, and I felt played very well in the first half but just didn’t come out well in the start of the second half. We made some mistakes in that second half, but these are correctable. I also felt our offense just wasn’t finishing in the second half like they were in the first two quarters.”, said Barron.
After getting 127 rushing yards in the first half, Northwood’s defense held Plymouth to just 33 yards of rushing in the second half.
“With the weather as windy as it was, we knew we only had two quarters basically to throw the football. When we gave up the third quarter touchdown, we had to start throwing the ball more. And again, I stress we were doing things with just one week of practice with it (new offense). We rushed some throws, missed a block at times, but our struggles also had to do with what Northwood was doing with linebacker Brown at times. So I can’t be all that upset about our performance because it really wasn’t bad! We will get better by next week! We have the talent!”, added Barron.