The final score might indicate a defensive slugfest, but it was more a battle of who could sustain a drive and Plainwell’s one big drive in the second half was what made the difference as they defeated Three Rivers 14-7 on Friday night at Streidl Field. The win is a key non divisional win for the Trojans and their third in a row over Three Rivers.
The teams went through a feeling out period of sorts and it was mostly a feeling out for the defense. Both teams charged right down the field on the first drive of the game. Plainwell got the scoring started early and it came on a risky play call. It was a fourth and nine and the Trojans went on a toss play to Ryan Britton who went untouched for a 38 yard TD. The Wildcats answered right back on a long drive of their own led by Alex Cottingham. He ran for 45 yards and threw for another 20 and capped it off with a fourth down TD run of his own from nine yards out.
It had the looks of a game that would be offensively dominated but the offense slowed following those first two drives. Neither team could sustain a drive for the remainder of the first half. Three Rivers had the best shot when the moved the ball to the 15 yard line but a fumble ended the drive. Plainwell on the other hand never was able to get the ball across the 50 yard line.
Three Rivers opened the second half and was marching down the field again but another big turnover happened when Corringham fumbled the ball for the second time on the night at the 10 yard line. The Trojans went on the move after than pounding the ball on a time milking drive. They moved the ball 90 yards on a drive that was capped off by a Jacob Geter 11 yard fourth down TD run.
For the game the Trojans rushed for 191 yards. They were led by their thunder and lightning duo of Ryan Britton and Jacob Geter. Britton carried the ball 18 times for 102 yards and a TD while Geter rushed for 61 yards and a TD. For Three Rivers Alex Cottingham led the Wildcats from his QB position with 194 total yards. He rushed for 108 yards and a TD while going 11-14 through the air for 93 yards.
Plainwell improves to 2-0 and now will face another stiff test from Dowagiac next week. The loss drops Three Rivers to 1-1.