The 2012 season for the Plymouth Rockies started with adversity this week before the first snap of the football. Six potential starters would not suit up for thier season opener vs the Bremen Lions. But that fact didn’t stop a grinding effort from Plymouth despite a 42-26 loss to the Lions.
“It’s disappointing. I love the way our kids fought for four quarters against a great football team like Bremen. And I’m telling you now, this years Lions will once again make another run, their that good.”, said Rockied Skipper John Barron.
Plymouth had 6 turnovers in last years loss to Bremen, Friday nights game resulted in a same situation. 6 Rockie fumbles blemished the Plymouth stats, with Bremen taking advantage of 3 of them resulting in scores.
“Our secondary really struggled handling the “fade” routes Bremen ran. Yea, we may have been outsized on those plays but there still is no excuse for all of them getting completed. Covering a fade route “should” be the easiest route to defend. The receiver doesn’t do much but go straight & catch the ball….no jukes…..not anything. They just go catch the ball & we struggled defending that play.”, added Barron. “We didn’t “wedge” them out to the sideline, on any of those completed catches. Bremen didn’t 20 of them, just a few. And those “few” got completed or were big play gains.”
Rockie Senior Sam Stevens ran the ball well in his Senior opener. Despite rolling his ankle in the Penn scrimmage, he ran pretty healthy vs the Lions by racking up 251 yds on 26 carries, scoring three times.
“That kid was giving us fits!”, said Bremen Coach Bob Holmes. “He’s a very strong runner who was making our linebackers miss. We made a second half adjustment on him, but when you are forced to concentrate on Stevens, you run the risk of giving up something else. So we rolled the dice and we were fortunate enough come out ahead tonight.”
Plymouth also ran with a new quarterback. Sophomore Kyle Lacefield had only one day of practice to get this entire office under his belt. Lacefield went 3-for-6 with 2 interceptions and 42 yards, no touc hdowns.
“I was extremely pleased with Adam’s (Lacefield) performance. He really competed hard. Had early first half jitters, but settled in by the second half and played outstanding. I am excited what this kid will do for us next week against Rochester.”, said Barron.
It was also a “first” for Bremen QB, Kai Slough. His evening went well going 9-of-18 for 231 yard and 4 touchdowns.
“This kid (Slough) didn’t even take a snap last year because of his transfer ineligibility from Triton. He didn’t look like a first year QB did he? I like what Kai brings to our offense. A strong arm. Yea, he threw two picks, but I will deal with that in practice this coming week. It’s always nice to beat a solid team like Plymouth. They are well Coached by John and I know he’ll get them back on track next week.”
Plymouth travels to Rochester this Friday night. WTCA Pre-Game at 6:30pm.
Bremen will travel to Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 to face Tippy Valley. WTCA Pre-Game Show will be at 2:00pm from Indy.