It was the battle of “O’l Hickory” between Plymouth and Rochester on Friday night. And for a sixth straight year, the Hickory stays in Plymouth. Plymouth fullback Micheal Hartman scored twice against the Zebra defense in a 35-0 victory that was cut short midway throught the 3rd quarter, due to storms.
“It wasn’t a perfect performance by our kids, but this early in the season, it was close to perfect.”, said PHS Head Coach John Barron. “I really felt our defense was really strong and we just had that edge about us. I really liked how Micheal Garrity played at Free Safety (6 tackles). We are recording him and plan to teach our underclassmen on how to play that position the way his is. I thought upfront our rotation of 6 linemen really were fresh all game and disrupting Rochester’s ground game.”
By Halftime the Rockies defense held Rochester to 148 total yards of offense while Plymouth had 297 yards.
“Once again, I thought Jack (Barron) played well. We only threw the ball eight times, scored twice including a halfback touchdown toss. I really like the balance we are getting from everyone on both sides of the ball.”, said Barron.
Micheal Hartman scored twice in the ballgame, once in the second half on a 40 yard burst into the endzone, then a 28 yard scamper into the endzone in the fourth quarter.
“And both of Micheal’s touchdowns had some key plays within them. Hartman’s first touchdown run was set up by good field position off a 30 yard punt return by Cam Eveland. Then Hartman’s second touchdown started off with a 23 yard run of his, from the Plymouth 36 yard line. So there were some big plays that started some good drives.”, said Barron.
The game was interrupted by lighting followed by rain which eventually led to the cancellation of the game with 8:37 left in the third quarter. Now there was some discussion as to whether the game should be determined a 35-0 win or a 2-0 score since both teams & administrators agreed not to finish the game.
Robert E. Faulken, Assistant Commissioner of the IHSAA, was contacted and made the decision to call it a 35-0 score and Plymouth victory.