Former teammates to clash as coaches in Plymouth-Warsaw showdown

While there were some select conference games last week in Indiana, week three is when it really begins for every team in the state.

And one of the biggest conference battles will be at the Rockpile as Plymouth hosts rival Warsaw in our Pizza Hut Spotlight Game of the Week.

Both teams enter the Northern Lakes Conference showdown 2-0 on the season.

For Plymouth, they are coming off impressive wins over Bremen and Rochester and are ready to show what they have in the NLC.

"We start with Warsaw and end with Northwood and in between it's just a dog fight," 5th year Rockies coach John Barron explains.

"Our kids are excited just like all the conference kids are. They're very excited about the NLC. Everyone wants to get off to a great start."

The Tigers also have their set of impressive wins -- including a 29-22 over then 10th-ranked Homestead.

But that big win will be for naught if Warsaw can't get the big win in this rivalry game.

"Plymouth and Warsaw in all sports----football, basketball, baseball, is a huge rivalry," Warsaw head coach Phil Jensen said.

Jensen returns to the Tigers this season after leaving the program three years ago.

"There's just so many things that go into this, but most importantly, it's getting off to a good start in our conference and not falling behind."

And there is also a friendly rivalry between both head coaches. Jensen and Barron are very close friends. The two are also former teammates, having played college football together at Butler.

"Phil and I have known each other for a long time," Barron explained. "He's a great guy and a great coach. We were all sad to see him get out and we were all sad to see him get back in."

"Well, I was sad to go and awfully glad to be back," Jensen said in response to Barron's statement.

"John and I are best of friends. We talked all summer, we talked last week before each of us were getting ready to play our big games---- we won't talk this week," Jensen said laughing.

"We'll say hello before the game. The gloves are off right now---he's going to give his best effort to win and he knows he's going to get the same from me."

To put in perspective how close Barron and Jensen are---John asked us to say hello to Phil when we went and talked to him.


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