Hopkins posts win over Wayland for third straight season
Plainwell senior quarterback Trent Monroe attempted only six passes in his team’s season-opening game with Dowagiac on Thursday, Aug. 28.
But he certainly made the most of those limited opportunities.
Monroe completed five passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns to lead coach Darren Conklin’s Trojans to the 28-13 win at the Chieftains’ expense.
All three of Monroe’s scoring passes covered at least 28 yards.
“Any time you can start the season with a win it’s a good thing,” Conklin said. “We did a lot of good things and we saw some things we need to work on. But overall I’m very pleased with our effort.”
While Monroe was hurting Dowagiac with his arm, Trojan senior running back Jacob Geter hurt the Chieftains with his legs. Averaging nearly 10 yards per carry, Geter ran for 195 yards—including a 3-yard touchdown run to open the game’s scoring in the second quarter—on 20 carries.
According to Conklin, the increased threat of his team’s passing game makes Geter that much more dangerous.
“In the past, we’ve been known primarily as a running team,” Conklin said. “Now, we’re throwing the ball a little more and we’re not a one-dimensional team. Our running game opens up the passing game, and now that we’re having some success throwing the ball it opens things up for Jacob a little bit more. Those two things feed on each other.”
Three of Plainwell’s four touchdowns came on three straight possessions in the second quarter as the Trojans took a 21-0 lead to halftime.
Following Geter’s scoring run at the 10:55 mark, Monroe found Chase Marshall for a 43-yard touchdown with 8:40. Monroe then hooked up with Austin Rohr on a 49-yard TD with 1:08 remaining in the half.
The final Trojan touchdown came on their first possession of the second half as Jacob Almeda scored on a 28-yard pass from Monroe.
“We came out and played pretty well,” Geter said. “We had four different guys score, which is always good. It keeps everyone involved and gets everyone excited.”
Geter credited the offensive line with much of the success enjoyed by the offense.
“Our offensive line did a great job,” Geter said. “They opened up holes for me and gave Trent time to throw. We can’t do it without those guys.”
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