A STAFF REPORT
THE GOSHEN NEWS
It’s rare enough to see two interceptions returned for touchdowns in a game let alone two by players with the first name of Jacob.
Concord senior Jacob Kronk returned an interception 75 yards for a score at 3:32 of the second period while Plymouth Jacob Frantz returned a pick 70 yards for a score at 7:35 of the second.
For good measure in keeping with the “J” theme sandwiched in between was a 75-yard TD run by Plymouth junior Justin Drudge. And along those same lines Concord junior wide receiver Jerrell Pointdexter scored four TDs
It was “Breast Cancer Awareness Night” Friday at Plymouth. The Rockie football team was decked out in pink camouflage uniforms with red numbers and the coaching staff wore pink polo shorts. Even the markings on the field — yard lines, numerals and goal lines — were pink.
Nagle the Magnificent
The Concord-Plymouth game was the TV 46 Game of the Week. During a halftime discussion that was extended by a lightening delay Bob Nagle one of the 46 announcers said, “If I were the coach I would be getting the ball to (Concord) No. 14 (Pointdexter).
At that point of the contest the Concord speedster had one catch for a 50-yard touchdown.
Concord coach Tim Dawson must have heard the veteran sportscaster’s statement. Pointdexter finished the game with eight receptions for 153 yards and four scores.
Victim of Ball Control
Any coach will tell you the best way to keep a dangerous offense from scoring points is keep it on the sidelines by keeping your offense and the opposing team’s defense on the field.
The Concord Minutemen have been a victim of that the last two weeks. Jimtown limited the Minutemen to :22 time of possession in the fourth period in last week’s 35-14 win at Concord.
During Friday night’s game at Plymouth, the Minutemen ran six plays from the line of scrimmage in the opening period. The Rockies took the opening kickoff and marched 70 yards in 13-play drive capped by a 13-yard TD run by sophomore quarterback Jack Barron.
Concord took only three plays to answer the score. Following a touchback on the kickoff, senior quarterback Trevor Wilmore picked up seven rushing yards on first. The next play was a bizarre one when Wilmore tried to hand the ball off to a running back. The ball ended up laying on the ground. While other player tried to figure out what to do Wilmore snatched the ball and scampered down the near sidelines for 23 yards out to midfield. On the next play he tossed a short pass to junior wideout Jerrell Pointdexter who broke loose in open field and scored on a 5--yard play.
Lakeland at Fairfield
Falcon Defensive Effort
The Fairfield Falcons came up with a huge defensive effort Friday night against the Lakeland Lakers. The week before in a 28-14 win over Eastside three different Lakers rushed for over 100 yards. The team piled up 476 yards on the ground with sophomore Josh Collyer running for 183, senior Taylor Raatz 119 and classmate Thomas Roebel 107.
The Falcons limited the Lakers to 82 yards on 36 rushing attempts for an average of 2.95 yards per carry.
Sometimes it doesn’t matter as much how many plays you run as it does what you do during the plays that you do run.
Lakeland had an edge in total plays (53-44) in the Fairfield game while the host Falcons had an advantage in total yards (445-169). Lakeland averaged 3.2 yards per play compared to 10.1 for the Falcons.
Senior tailback Cameron Kitson had a 99-yard TD run for the Falcons and senior quarterback Kyle Mast tossed scoring passes of 54 and 72 yards to classmate Forrest Glogouski.
NorthWood at Memorial
A quick look at the numbers from the NorthWood-Elkhart Memorial game would indicate a score closer than the final on of 30-15.
NorthWood had 17 first downs to Memorial’a 14. NorthWood ran 55 offensive plays and Memorial 50. NorthWood had 331 yards of total offense and Memorial 301. NorthWood had the ball for 25 minutes and Memorial 23.
Goshen at Northridge
Setting the tone
After a lackluster first quarter Friday night, it was apparent that the first team to come up with a big play was going to gain the upper hand.
The Raiders ended up being that team as senior running back Travis Schlabach busted off an 85-yard TD run midway trhrough the second quarter, getting Northridge on the board first in the Raiders’ 20-0 win over Goshen.
Schlabach said the same run had been called the previous play, but didn’t develop.
Schlabach said he was golad the coaches called the play again.
“The line did their jobs, and I found the seam and was able to bust it,” Schlabach said.