During the course of a season, there are “wins” and then there are “BIG WINS”. Last night’s 42-39 victory over 3rd ranked in 5A Concord Minutmen would classify this game under the “BIG WIN” catagory.
‘This was an incredible game for us”, said PHS Football Boss, John Barron. “A week ago we couldn’t make the big plays, tonight we did! That’s a credit to the kids and coaching staff and the effort everyone put in this week. We needed to make some personnel changes up front on offense. We tweeked our defensive personnel as well. The kids responded well.”
Seven turnovers were the only sore spot for Plymouth in the ballgame.
“We cannot keep putting the ball on the ground. I’m amazed we scored 42 points, but also that we kept them to 39. Concord is an offensive machine with a lot of offensive weapons. I honestly thought our defense played very well under the circumstances.”, said Barron.
Those circumstances included a hurt starting Free Safety Senior, Micheal Garrity the entire 2nd half. Junior Kyle Lacefield came in to replace Garrity and made 3 key stops in the final quarter and half of play. The success stories continued to mount for Plymouth as the game went on.
One of those stories was having Senior Elliot Eads back in the starting line-up after serving his violation of Code of Conduct.
“Can’t say enough about Lacefield coming off the bench and playing as well as he did.”, added Barron. “Then having Eads back, brought a toughness back into the defensive line-up, of which I think it showed throughout the game.”
The other success story was the play of two sophomores who got the start on the offensive line, Devin Straka and Kasy Kopetski. The original starting guards (Evan Parkhurst & Jarred Ellis) were moved over to offensive tackle.
“We needed a different look on the offensive line. We were losing the battle up front last week simply because we were outsized. So we changed things up. I felt they both performed very well. Our run blocking was much better. Our overall execution was better this week.”, said Barron.
The Rockies defense did it’s share of helping the offense as corner, Jacob Frantz, got a pick-six for a Plymouth score in the second quarter. Matt Friar got an interception late in the fourth quarter. But the real story was the play of sophomore Cam Eveland. He had 5 pass break-up’s in the ballgame.
“What a great turnaround for Cam. I’m so proud of his efforts last night. Last week he was getting picked apart the NLC’s best WR, Clayton Cook. Tonight he answered the call defensively, facing another talented receiver in Jerrell Pointdexter. He made three “HUGE” break-ups in the final quarter that helped preserve our (Plymouth) win.”
“It’s great that we won, beating one of the best teams in our conference, and state for that matter. But now we need to enjoy this win tonight. Get ready Goshen tomorrow.”, said Barron.