By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
PLYMOUTH — The defending champions in Division II football, Plymouth is one of three teams in the division to have an undefeated season and was hardly tested during that run.
They averaged 43 points per game and were never held to less than 40 points by any of their opponents. The average margin of victory was 30 points and they have an offense that is capable of running through and over its opponents. They can also beat other teams with their passing game.
Quarterback Ben Olmstead threw for 737 yards and 12 touchdowns this season and in Nolan Farina, Jordan Docen, Wes Lambert and Owen Brickley there are weapons all over the open field to contend with. All-state running back Garrett Macomber, last year’s Division II player of the year, rumbled for 210 yards and two touchdowns on only 10 carries last weekend against Milford, a tune-up for a heavier workload in the post-season.
The Bobcats will face seventh-ranked Souhegan (5-3) at 1 p.m. today.
The Sabers fell to seventh after their 48-42 loss to Hollis-Brookline (6-2) last weekend. They had a 16 point lead in the game and played without two of their best players; Dante Salvo and Kyle Archambault. Both players have a chance to be back this weekend.
The only other team from the Lakes Region in the playoff picture is Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough in Division III. The Lakers (4-4) play at Campbell (8-0) in Litchfield Saturday at 1 p.m.
The 42-0 loss to Campbell in Week 2 was an indication that this was not the same Laker team that advanced to the Division III championship game in 2015 and 2016. The Cougars rushed for 398 yards in Meredith and the Lakers haven’t looked like a championship contender since.
There are players to watch for on Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough, including Andrew Brothers and Jayden Lara, but the Lakers lost a lot of important seniors a year ago like Zach Swanson, Ryan Kelly, and Justin Tinker, and replacing them has proven difficult,
Campbell has routed most of its opponents and run up big scores, including 81-9 over Bishop Brady and 63-0 over Franklin last weekend.