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Bobcats expect to contend in D2 again

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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers

Cole Johnston will be a key piece of the puzzle for the Plymouth football team. (Photo by Joshua Spaulding) (click for larger version)
September 24, 2020
PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth football team is a perennial title contender, finishing as the Division II runners-up last season.

The bad news for the rest of the division is that the Bobcats return a large number of starters from last year's team and are ready to roll on a new season.

"Our biggest strength will be our experience and depth," said coach Chris Sanborn, in his seventh season at the helm of the Bobcats. "We have a very talented senior class coming back that have played in three-straight championships.

"A lot of starters return, along with their immediate backups," the Bobcat coach continued. "That, along with some very talented juniors moving up to varsity is going to create some intense competition for playing time."

Returning starters on offense includes senior quarterback Cody Bannon, senior fullback Joe D'Ambruoso, senior receiver Trevan Sanborn, senior tight end Cole Johnston, who will be moving to wingback, senior Sean Griffiths, who is moving from tight end to tackle, senior guard Trent Sargent, junior guard Eddie Camp and senior wide receiver Kolby Cross, who will like play receiver and tight end and will also be the backup quarterback.

On defense, D'Ambruoso is back at linebacker, Sanborn is moving from defensive end to corner, Sargent will be at defensive end, Griffiths will move from tackle to defensive end, Johnston will move from safety to linebacker and Charlie Comeau and Cross are both as defensive backs.

A couple of players will be starting on one side of the ball or another for the first time, with Tyler Stokowski working at tackle in his junior year, Jeffrey Lyford will be back after missing his sophomore season and will be a defensive tackle, Calvin Swanson will be in the defensive backfield for his junior season and Comeau will be the starting halfback in his senior season.

Sophomore Caden Sanborn and senior Ezra Letourneau are battling for the starting center job while senior Michael Regan Vassey and junior Kurtis Cross are both fighting for time in the defensive backfield.

At tight end, junior Brandon Neeman and sophomore Jaivon Cadore are in the mix, while at halfback, Swanson, Joe Peters and Dylan Welch are all looking for some time. Denzel Soule and Anthony Barrette are hoping to be working as defensive tackles, senior Gabe Wheeler is new to Plymouth and is looking for time at defensive end and fullback has senior Ian Tryder and sophomore Matt Cleary are battling for playing time.

In a unique season where there are fewer games and games between divisions are a regular thing, the Bobcats will be playing Division I Timberlane to kick off the season.

Additionally, Kennett, Lebanon, Kingswood and Gilford-Belmont are all on the schedule.

The Bobcats kick off the season on Saturday, Sept. 26, at home against Timberlane at 2 p.m.

Sports Editor Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or josh@salmonpress.news.

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