Concord’s 35-14 non-conference loss to the Jimtown Jimmies hasn’t changed the season goals for the Minutemen.
“There is still a lot at stake,” Concord coach Tim Dawson said. “We are still in position to win championships.
“The bottom line is we have to respond. Jimtown showed up to play last week and we didn’t. We told the kids that great teams don’t lay an egg like that. Good ones occasionally do and the good thing is we have a chance to redeem ourselves.”
A year ago, Plymouth won a 31-28 thriller that led to a shared NLC crown between the two schools.
The Minutemen who are seeking a third straight league championship are currently 4-0 while Northridge and Warsaw are 3-1 and Plymouth and Wawasee 2-2.
“We know Plymouth considers this a must win if they want to have any chance to stay in the hunt for the title,” Dawson added.
Concord (5-1) at Plymouth (4-2)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Series record: Plymouth 28-19 with 2 ties
Last season: Plymouth 31-28
Like Concord, the Plymouth Rockies are coming off a loss last week. Plymouth dropped a 52-35 decision to Wawasee.
“Plymouth is a tough enough place to play without them coming off a loss like that,” Dawson said.
Prior to last week you have to got back to the 2002 season (50-21 loss to Warsaw) to find the last time the Rockies allowed 50-or-more points in a game.
Plymouth had 346 yards of total offense in the Wawasee contest. The Rockies rushed for 198 yards as 6-0 (185) senior Michael Hartman gained 175 on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns. Jack Barron, 5-11 (150) sophomore quarterback, completed 7-of-15 passes for 148 yards and a score.
“Hartman is a stud running back and Barron is doing a good job running the offense,” Dawson said. “Plymouth is going to line up and come after you. They don’t throw the ball very often, but they are effective when they do.”
Leading Rockie receivers last week were 5-9 (175) senior Dakota Brooke two caches for 79 and a TD and 6-1 (175) classmate Trenton Briles two for 37.
Jimtown limited the Concord offense to 229 total yards, 137 on the ground and 92 in the air. Leading rushers were 6-0 (210) senior Larry Smith 52 yards on seven rushes and 6-1 (177) senior Trevor Wilmore 57 on seven. Wilmore was 6-of-17 passing for 92 yards. His favorite target was 5-9 (154) junior wideout Jerrell Pointdexter with five receptions for 87 yards. Most of Pointdexter’s yards came on a 53-yard pass from Wilmore.
“What we need is for our playmakers to make plays like they have been this season with the exception of last week,” Dawson said.
“I thought our offensive line played well considering all the pressure Jimtown was putting on us.
“Plymouth is also good on special teams and we need to win that battle.”
Smith and 5-10 (185) junior outside linebacker Kevin Moreno are doubtful for the Minutemen this week.
“They are probably both out at this point and we have some others that will be game-time decisions,” the coach said.