“I have enjoyed watching our offense get better every practice and transfer their improvement onto the field. Our Offensive Coordinator, Mike Kershner, has done a great job calling the plays. It all starts with our offensive line of 4 Seniors and one sophomore! Heath Wolf, Trenton Pletcher, Adam Lacefield and Nebraska bound Dan Samuelson have become solid at the line. Then you have a small sophomore in Nate Hiatt that’s playing like a Senior. Our offense doesn’t work unless these guys are making it happening.”, said Coach Barron.
Of the 568 total yards of offense, 416 came on the ground with sophomore Justin Drudge getting 112 yds & 4 touchdowns. Senior Sam Stevens had 17 carries for 135 yards and two scores.
Quarterback Ike Kastner had another solid performance behind center, going 5/8 for 148 yards and his first touchdown pass to Elliot Eads in the fourth quarter. Kastner also ran for 96 yards on 17 carries and touchdown.
“We talk about our offense, there’s a reason why quarterbacks are the most paid in the NFL. They have an enormous responsibility on their shoulders. For us, Ike Kastner is only getting better. He’s allowing us to be very flexible with what we want to do offensively. He’s playing very confident and it’s resulting in a lot of success.”, added Barron.
The Rockies defense was solid as well allowing a run oriented Wawasee offense to just 38 yards on 29 carries.
“DeAndre Pickford was blowing things up for us. I thought Kevin Escobar played very well. I liked the result I wa.s getting with our Inside Linebackers, Vincente Vasquez and Ethan Sampson. Those two played very well too. Brandy Ruffing and Jacob Frantz had some key break-up’s. Our safety play wasn’t the best. I plan addressing that issue this week.”, said Barron.
“Our Specialty team play was not good. We gave up the big return to Cook (93 yds). We will get that corrected by next Friday. We need our kicker kicking the ball into the enzone!”, said Barron.
Next Game on Friday at Concord, whose coming off a 48-0 loss to Jimtown. Our WTCA Pre-Game Show begins around 6:30pm.