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Rochester next in line for Rockies

August 29, 2013

PLYMOUTH — Opening week at Bremen was kind to the Plymouth Rockies.
“Honestly I didn’t know what to expect going in,” said Plymouth Coach John Barron. “We lost four starters on our offensive line, we’re playing a great team in Bremen. We knew if you could control the line of scrimmage you can do a lot of things and really we did that for most of the game.
“As the game went on I thought our defensive front five did well, especially since Kevin (Escobar) was the only one who had really significant time a year ago. I was proud of our kids. They played well, and they played hard.”
Penalties were really the only Plymouth negative of the night.
“Our penalties were all aggressive penalties,” said Barron. “Watching them on film they weren’t as over the top as I was afraid they might have been. We addressed that tonight.”
Offensively behind first time starting sophomore quarterback Jack Barron the Rockies were able to put some points on the board.
“I really like what we’re doing,” said Barron. “We used the ‘pistol’ last year, but our wings were a lot tighter. We spread them out knowing that we wanted to get the ball to our perimeter guys — to (Justin) Drudge and to (Dakota) Brooke. We know they can make plays. In our offense if you have a fullback that’s explosive that’s your first option, and teams will have to honor that. I think Mike (Offensive Coordinator, Kershner) and the offensive coaches have answers for the way people will try to defend us. I like where we are.”
Looking at this week’s opponent on film will require answers.
“Rochester is really confident, they get to the ball and they run hard,” said Barron. “They’ll run the dive, grind it out, a lot of quick hitters. (Jacob) Howdeshell is a typical Rochester running back, hard runner, low center of gravity, he can make some things happen. They have a lot of seniors, a lot of really good players.
“To play good football chemistry is really important, and I think we have good chemistry right now. Field position is going to be a key I think and we feel like we can take advantage of some things on our special teams.”

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