Plymouth-Greendale match-up looks even

¦ Both QBs have passed for more than 2,000 yards
by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


LOGAN MCSHANE, Wisconsin Lutheran quarterback, attempts a pass under pressure by Plymouth’s Luke Held (76) in Friday’s football playoff game. PHS won, 21-7, to advance to the quarterfi nals against Greendale. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley LOGAN MCSHANE, Wisconsin Lutheran quarterback, attempts a pass under pressure by Plymouth’s Luke Held (76) in Friday’s football playoff game. PHS won, 21-7, to advance to the quarterfi nals against Greendale. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley High-powered offenses and stingy defenses will be showcased in Friday night’s Division 3 state quarterfinal football battle battle between the Plymouth Panthers and Greendale.

PHS, 10-1 and a No. 2 region seed, is averaging 32 points per game on offense and is surrendering only 10 per contest on defense. Greendale, 11-0 and seeded No. 1, scores 40 per contest and has a defensive scoring average of 12.

Greendale is the Woodland Conference West champion and Plymouth is the Eastern Wisconsin Conference winner. Kickoff will be 7 p.m. at Greendale High School.

“I think we look very similar on film with good athletes that move well making plays, and balanced offenses that run out of multiple sets,” said PHS head coach Dan Knaus.

“Both teams also use aggressive style defenses.”

Greendale uses a spread offense with four or five wide receivers all of the time, and runs a 3-4 defense.

“On offense, they have a great receiver in Mitchell Brees. Their quarterback is very solid as well in Josh Ringelberg but they aren’t just a passing spread team,” said Knaus.

“They are very good at running the ball with Jake Zywicki as well. On defense, they are very agressive and their middle linebacker Tristan Pipp is very solid.”

Ringelberg, a junior, is having a sensational season with 2,503 yards passing and 36 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 261 yards. Zywicki is the Panthers’ top rusher with 1,312 yards and a team-high 14 TDs on the ground.

Brees, a senior wideout, has a team-high 55 receptions, 915 yards receiving and 13 TD catches. Junior wideout Cody Kmetz has 11 TD receptions and an impressive 24.2-yard average per catch.

“We are fortunate to have many weapons on both sides of the ball,” said Greendale head coach Rob Stoltz.

“It’s evident that Plymouth is a veteran team and is well-coached and prepared every week.

“They are aggressive on defense and multiple on offense, making it a challenge for their opposition each week,” said Stoltz.

Plymouth also runs a spread offense and out of the I-formation, and uses a 3-5 base defense.

PHS senior quarterback Kollin Neils is also having an impressive season. Neils has thrown for 2,002 yards and 23 TDs. He also has run for 532 yards and seven scores.

Senior tailback Brad Trakel is Plymouth’s top ground gainer with 681 yards and a team-high eight rushing TDs. The top receiver is junior Zac Cain with 52 catches for 764 yards and a team-best 13 TD receptions. Junior fullback Tyler Willeford is second in receptions with 35 and receiving yardage, 388.

Willeford, who also plays linebacker, leads PHS in solo tackles with 59 and total tackles, 97. Willeford and senior defensive lineman Luke Held have a team-high four quarterback sacks each.

“These teams don’t know each other well, so it’ll come down to which team plays to its strengths while attacking what they believe to be the opponent’s weaknesses,” said Stoltz.

“Protect the ball, stop the run and run the ball,” Stoltz said when asked what the main keys are for his team to win.

Knaus pointed out what will be the keys for his team to win.

“As always, take care of the ball, play great special teams and play mistake-free on both sides of the ball,” he said.

Knaus thinks turnovers and which team can do what they do the best will determine the outcome.

“We are very focused on the task at hand – preparing like we do for each and every game. Our kids are positive and focused,” he observed.

The seniors are a key to his team’s success, according to Stoltz.

“We have 25 seniors which is the largest senior class at Greendale in at least 30 years. Our team runs through them,” Stoltz said.


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