The Plymouth Rockies Football team along with the Plymouth Boy’s Cross Country team, and Ella Hissong representing the Plymouth Girl’s Cross Country team will all be in action this weekend representing Plymouth High School in IHSAA tournament play.
Action gets underway Friday night at The Rockpile as the Rockies host the East Noble Knights in 1st round sectional play. The kickoff is scheduled for Friday night at 7:30. The Rockies were ousted in a 2nd round sectional game by East Noble last year 40-22.
The Rockies opened this season and their new artificial turf hosting East Noble at The Rockpile. The Rockies defeated East Noble 22-18 but had to come from behind to do it. The Rockies trailed 12-10 at halftime before seniors Braxton Bennitt and Benji Nixon scored third quarter touchdowns, and the Rockies held on for the victory.
The winner of this contest will advance to Round 2 of the 2017 Sectional tournament. They will face the winner of the Northridge (9-0) at CMA (8-1) contest on Friday, 10/27/17.
The IHSAA Cross Country Semi-State will take place at New Prairie High School on Saturday. The boy’s race is scheduled to begin at 11:30 AM while the girl’s race will follow at 12:15 PM. The Top 10 individuals from non-advancing teams and the first six qualifying teams will advance to the IHSAA State Finals next Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course just east of Terre Haute. The course is the home course of Indiana State University, and has hosted the NCAA Finals in the past.
The PHS boy’s cross country team finished 3rd at the CMA Regional last Saturday. Leading the pack for the Pilgrims was senior Jeff Oliver and his 8th place finish. He was followed by teammates Enrique Salazar (14th), Konnor Ray (22nd), Devin Rogers (27th) and Brdy Hissong (29th).
20 different teams along with 40 extra individuals will participate in the New Prairie Semi-State. Regional winning schools included Warsaw, Lowell, McCutcheon, and Valparaiso.
Freshman Ella Hissong was the only member of the Plymouth girl’s cross country team able to qualify for the New Prairie Semi-State. She finished 24th overall in the 5000 meter race. She was the 9th individual that qualified without a team advancement. The top 10 finishers without a team advanced to the Semi-State level.
The PHS Athletic Office wishes these teams and individuals the best of luck this weekend in trying to advance to their next competition!