“You know, we (Plymouth coaching staff) felt that we didn’t play all that poorly. It was just our inability to stop the big plays from happening.”, said Rockie Head Coach, John Barron. “We have allowed way too many 3rd and long conversions to be completed this season. Two big ones last night vs Warsaw. That simply has to stop.”
Warsaw finished 7 of 11 in third down conversions Friday night versus the Rockie Defense.
“You have to play Defense with a correct mind-set. I am not sure why these third and long situations are getting completed, but assure you, they are getting addressed Saturday morning during practice.”, said Barron.
Warsaw held Plymouth to a season low 135 yards Rushing with Plymouth’s number one running-back Senior, Sam Stevens getting a meager 19 yards on 17 carries.
“That’s our number one guy with only 19 yards of rushing. Our biggest problem was our offensive tackles getting their shoulders turned way too much which allowed too many inside gaps for their defense to shoot through. I felt we had some success running along the outside, but we have to have Sam Stevens getting more yardage than 19 to win a ballgame.”, said Barron.
Warsaw didn’t struggle running the ball in the first half, amassing 213 of their eventual 299 yards rushing after two quarters.
“Hey, we won the second half 7-6. But that means nothing when your outscored 20-0 in the first half. I thought we played much better in that second half defensively, other than getting tired into the fourth quarter which allowed them to score their only touchdown in the half.”, added Barron. “We need to be better at getting mentally prepared. I don’t know of any other way to put it. We have broke down film, we will be evaluating positions until we have 11 guys on the field who want to be “All-In. I like our football team, I feel we can turn it around easily. We just have to start getting tougher, both physically and mentally.”
Plymouth sophomore, Justin Drudge, ran for 79 yds on 9 carries with a touchdown to his credit.
“I like what I’m getting out Justin. He is working hard and getting rewarded for his efforts. He just needs to keep being a example of what effort can do for a football player.”, said Barron.
Plymouth travels to Northridge next Friday. WTCA Pre-Game Show will begin at 6:30pm.