Plymouth’s Koll scores five times in football win

by Dave Boehler
Review Sports Editor

PLYMOUTH’S JOSH KOLL finished with five rushing touchdowns in his team’s shut out victory over Sheboygan Falls Friday. — Photo by Tyler Luedtke PLYMOUTH’S JOSH KOLL finished with five rushing touchdowns in his team’s shut out victory over Sheboygan Falls Friday. — Photo by Tyler Luedtke Perhaps Josh Koll could be Subway’s new pitchman after eating there before scoring five touchdowns in Plymouth’s 42-0 victory over Sheboygan Falls on Friday.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I wouldn’t be very good on TV.”

Instead of eating at Cousins again like some of the team did before the Week 1 loss at New Berlin Eisenhower – a ritual that started last season – it was suggested they hold the pregame meal at Subway.

Koll ate his usual club sub and then rushed for 136 yards on 20 carries and also had four solo tackles to give the Panthers a 1-1 record.

“He’s just a downhill, hardnosed kid who runs the ball hard,” said Plymouth coach Dan Knaus

Although five TDs were short of the school record, fullback Jack Nytes and offensive linemen Cole Meyer (left tackle), Evan Ladwig (left guard), Michael Troka (center), Walker Saladini (right guard) and Austin Zeeveld (right tackle) were complimented by Knaus for blocking so well.

“It’s real fun when you can block and be successful like that,” Meyer said. “It’s a really good feeling to see that success.”

Meyer was also able to see Troka and Saladini double-team a Falls lineman from the Falcons’ 7-yard line and block him all the way to the goalpost on Koll’s fourth touchdown run.

“That was pretty funny,” Meyer said. “It’s good to see somebody blowing them up like that and just physically dominating someone.”

Koll’s final score, the only touchdown of the second half, came from 12 yards out in the third quarter. It was his favorite because he says be broke two or three tackles en route to the end zone in the third quarter.

“It was a good, solid, hard run,” Koll said. “The line gave me a good hole to run through. I broke a couple of tackles and was able to score.”

Koll’s first three touchdowns came from 5, 8 and 4 yards out. He says the most touchdowns he had in any game at any age was two, but it isn’t about that.

“I’m not trying to think about the stats, really,” Koll said. “I’m out there trying to score as many times as I can to help us win. If that’s one or two times a game, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Cole Booth complete 6 of 7 passes for 114 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown caught by Aiden Reilly in the second quarter against a Falls team that has not lost an Eastern Wisconsin Conference game in the last three years.

“So it was kind of a surprise to be up 35-0 at half,” Knaus said.

A more physical Plymouth team “across the board” is the reason why, according to the coach.

“I think they cleaned up some things technique wise and assignment wise,” Knaus said. “They were really solid.”

It was also Plymouth’s first shutout since beating the Falcons, 42-0, in 2013.

“The defense played outstanding,” Knaus said. “They like to run the ball. The first game of the year they won 20-0 and they threw the ball one time. We took that away from them early. We stifled their running game with our front line and linebackers. And for the same reason that we could win on the offensive side is why we won on the defensive side, just being more physical.”

And as far as the pre-game ritual goes, it will likely be at Subway the rest of the season.

“Probably, unless we lose then we’ll switch it back,” Koll said.

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