PLYMOUTH – It’s called “The Pit” for a reason. Football Friday Night turned into a mud-soaked pit for playoff-bound Plymouth and visiting Crestview at Mary Fate Park.
The Big Red sloshed out of a scoreless halftime tie by pulling away to a 27-0 victory.
“To do it this way was amazing,” Plymouth Head Coach Mark Genders said. “It is Week 10, rivalry game, and it is like beating Michigan.
“To win with a shutout sends shivers down my spine.”
The Cougars marched to the 1-yard line on their opening drive, but an outstanding goal-line stand kept the game scoreless. After that, the team exchanged punts and sloppy play throughout the half.
In the third period, Plymouth (8-2 overall, 5-2 in the Firelands Conference) abandoned the passing game and racked up 190 rushing yards in the quarter.
“That goal-line stand was the difference in this game. Even though it was so early in the game, it kept them from getting momentum and gave us defensive confidence,” Genders said. “This defense is clicking at the right time. Preparing for the playoffs, it is exactly what a coach dreams of.”
Senior linebacker and area tackles leader Chance Butcher anchors the Plymouth defense. Butcher added 15 more takedowns to his season total. Offensively, he piled up 119 yards and a pair of 1-yard TD plunges.
Senior quarterback Hunter Bailey ran 11 times for 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns, one from 49 yards. He was held to just 4-of-7 passing and 54 yards.
Meanwhile, the Cougars (2-8, 1-6) were unable to complete a pass and no player ran for more than 40 yards
Next week will be Plymouth’s first playoff game in school history. They will also be hosting the playoff game at Mary Fate Park, something many thought would not be possible. Rumors flew around that the state was not going to allow a playoff game in the Pit. School officials said those rumors were unfounded.
“It is going to be an amazing atmosphere. These people and these kids deserve to host a playoff game. Playoff football will be in the Pit,” Genders said with a huge smile. “You can feel the electricity from these fans.
“We cannot wait to get to work. We are not going to be satisfied with being here, we might as well get the first win in history out of the way, too.”
The 8-2 Big Red will find out Sunday exactly who will be entering the Pit next Saturday at 7 p.m. There is a possibility of a rematch with Lucas.