Plumlee Showed Glimpses Of Greatness In 2016
Wrapped in what turned out to be a very down year for Oak Grove were glimpses of greatness and hope for what is to come. Though the wins did not pile up as they had in seasons past, the Warriors found themselves a star in the making.
John Rhys Plumlee saw action as a freshman on the defensive side of the ball and then as the season began in 2016, he found himself in a similar role. That all changed a few games in when he would get the start on offense as the QB1.
In a loss to D’Iberville, Plumlee passed for 365 yards and two scores. He also added 53 yards on the ground and another touchdown.
Plumlee says that getting time as a freshman helped gain experience but the game speed would still need to slow down for the young quarterback and it did.
“I got some time as a freshman on defense and time this year before I switched to quarterback so I knew how quickly the game would move,” Plumlee explained. “As for a difference between the first game and the last game, it defiantly slowed down. The first game I was excited and ready to be out there and made some mistakes, but as the season went on, I started making better reads and making better throws.”
Oak Grove would finish the season 5-7 and would see six different players throw passes for their offense. Plumlee hits the offseason hoping to improve on the things that he felt held him back in 2016.
“The season as whole didn't go as we expected it to go,” Plumlee told SES Mississippi. “On an individual outlook, I could have definitely done better in multiple aspects of the game. I had some good games and bad games. I have to definitely be more consistent. I feel confident that next season will be better.”
Oak Grove has one of the largest high school football stadiums in the South. On Friday nights in the fall it is an electric atmosphere. Being quarterback at a place like that has to be special. Plumlee says he loves being a Warrior.
“I have been a Warrior my whole life and love it,” Plumlee expressed. “My classmates and teammates feel like family at this point and at football games the culture and energy in the stadium is amazing.”
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