Riley and Plymouth set to square off in opening round of playoffs

By: Jim Johnston Email
By: Jim Johnston Email
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This week's Martin's spotlight game of the week features Plymouth hosting Riley. This will be the first time the two teams have faced each other since the 1930's.

Riley finished the regular season with a winning record for the first time since 2000 after winning four of their last five games. Their only loss came against the #1 ranked Penn Kingsmen in a close game three weeks ago.

Wildcat head coach Brian Stultz says the teams success has stemmed directly from how hard they worked in the off-season and the fact they have bought in to the program.

"They have taken nothing for granted," Stultz said. "Every day has been special to them. They have made the most of it. These guys have done everything we have asked of them and it is starting to show on Friday nights."

Riley running back Thomas Capers said he knew before the season even started that this team could be special. "I knew our class of '14 was going to be able to do this," Capers said. "We have been working hard all off-season to change this program."

The Rockies enter the game with a 7-2 record after winning their last three straight games. Head Coach John Barron is in his 10th year at the school and is still in search of his first sectional championship but that doesn't mean he is over looking this very talented Riley team.

"What I see is that they are very well coached," Coach Barron said. "I think they teach very well. It is not just about their athletes. The focus is about their quarterback and their running back, but their linebackers are good, their d-linemen and offensive linemen are good. They have got some really good football players."

With it being the playoffs both teams know that this Friday night could be the last game of their season. And for their seniors it could be the last game of their high school careers.

"We want it really bad," says Plymouth senior linebacker Vicente Vasquez. "We were one and done last year. We just want to keep on going and get that sectional championship."

"We can't play around at practice, because we know this is possibly our last game," Capers said. "We have got to go hard in everything we do."

Friday night we will find out which team moves on and which teams season comes to an abrupt end. Kickoff in Plymouth is scheduled for 7 p.m.


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