What does the number 884 mean to Plymouth football three games into the season?
Well, that’s the combined total yardage in the last “two” games for the Plymouth offense. Friday night they rolled up 440 total yards, ALL on the ground against the Warsaw Tiger defense for a 29-13 win on the road.
“Ike Kastner (Plymouth QB) played well again. Sam (Stevens-RB) ran his tail off. Senior Cole Mann was knock kids down, plus, scored twice as a bonus. But it was our offensive line that made the difference in the ballgame. And I just want to give them mention because they are a group that has most improved game by game this season. Hayden Skirven (SR); Dan Samuelson (jr), Danny Stephenson (SR); Heath Wolfe (jr); Adam Lacefield (jr). These guys have worked hard to get better every practice.”
It was evident by the fourth quarter that the Rockie ground game was wearing down the Warsaw defense as 374 rushing yards had already accumulated against Coach Jensen’s troops.
“We got off to a good start early with getting yardage up the middle on our first series and eventual score. We knew they would make some adjustments we just didn’t know what or when. But we got two scores before they figured it out.”, said Barron.
“Defensively we prepared for them to attack us with their run game. Coach Jensen threw a “knuckleball” at us when he brought out the “pistel” formation with a NEW quarterback (Senior-Brock Anson) under center. I thought OK now what is Phil (Jensen) going to do to me. But our kids adjusted well. That #21 (Zac Rooney) tailback was good at making things happen in short spaces which made tough tackling him all night long, despite him getting injured.” , added Barron. “But him (Rooney) aside, we still held him to 118 yards rushing. That’s pretty good in my book.”
Barron complimented his defensive line for their aggressiveness, noteably junior DT Ethan Sampson who made 3 tackles for no gains on just one Warsaw series.
“Ethan is a gamer man….I love what he’s doing. I feel he’s got more in the tank. HE WILL be a presence the rest of the season at End. We had a lot good things happen at the DE position tonight. Our secondary got burnt a couple of plays, including that 40 yard pass play for a Warsaw touchdown. But that is a correctable mistake Trenton (Briles) made. What I love that Trenton did, was later he got an interception as they tried to go after him again. At CB, you have to have a short memory. I like what I’m getting out him right now.”, said Barron.
The Rockies (2-1 (1-0 NLC) will face conference opponent Northridge at home next Friday. Join WTCA for the Tailgate show beginning at 5:15pm.