At first glance it appeared to be déjà vu all over again — or at the very least it had to feel like a bad recurring dream for the Willard football team. But the Crimson Flashes finally woke up from the nightmare in time to score their first win on their new turf in 38-35 thriller over cross county rival Plymouth on Friday.
Willard and Plymouth turned the County Border Battle on Military Night into a crowd-pleasing instant classic. After spending the week working together to make the charitable event special for all of the military veterans that were honored, the two teams spent the better part of Friday night giving them their money’s worth on the field.
After Willard fell behind by three touchdowns for the second straight week to start the season, Cooper Parrott took it upon himself to not allow the Flashes to stumble to an 0-2 start. Parrott ran for close to 100 yards and threw for well over 300 yards — including the perfect strike to Joey Holida to seal the game. On the ensuing defensive possession, he then iced it with an interception with less than a minute on the clock.
In an age of an infinite number of spread formations, the Big Red marched their double-wing offense and gave Willard’s defense fits in the first half. They were able to use motion, reverses, and misdirection plays in the formation to create chaos in the minds of the defenders.
Plymouth had no trouble marching up and down the field for two touchdowns in the first quarter, but on their third drive in the quarter, they fumbled and turned the ball over to the Flashes’ offense when they were knocking on the door for hat trick in the opening 12 minutes.
After Kade Collins’ second TD in the opening half, the Flashes seemed to once again hit the switch as they stormed all the way back to the 22-21 lead. But just like a week ago against South Central, Willard was unable to keep control of the momentum and got into a see-saw battle with another that was anyone’s game until the end when Parrott came up with the back-breaking interception in Willard’s own territory and leading by three.
Parrott had a hand in all five Willard touchdowns (two through the air and three on the ground).
Kade Collins led the versatile running attack for Plymouth with around 100 yards and three touchdowns. Walker Elliot ran another in on a 31-yard rugby scrum-inspiring TD and Lucas Montgomery ran in another for Plymouth.
P — Kade Collins 1 run (Roblin kick)
P — Lucas Montgomery 3 run (Roblin kick)
P — Collins 7 run (Roblin kick)
W — Cooper Parrot 17 run (kick failed)
W — Parrott 6 run (Jerrett Sowers from Parrott)
W — Brevon Polachek 17 pass from Parrott (Aiden Meisner from Parrott)
P — Collins 8 run (Collins run)
W — Parrott 6 run (Sowers from Parrott)
P — Walker Elliot 31 run (run failed)
W —Joey Holida 40 pass from Parrott (Sowers from Parrott)