Sunday, April 24, 2011

Donte Fox - 2012 RB

In 2010 the Plymouth Wildcats had a breakout season.  After going three straight seasons with a record of 6-4, losing the two previous seasons to Canton in the playoffs, the other being Livonia Stevenson.  The Wildcats emerged with not only their first playoff win but an incredible run which brought Plymouth to Ford Field for the state finals.  In 2011 the Wildcats bring back a great group of juniors, one being runningback, Donte Fox.

The Wildcats would split 2010 with a win against Plymouth Salem before losing 10-18 to Howell the following week.  The Wildcats would rebound during conference play however, through the next four games they would beat: Wayne Memorial, Livonia Churchill, Livonia Franklin and Westland Glenn.  In week 7 they would play bitter rivals Canton, the winner would take the crown for Kensington Lakes South Conference.  The Chiefs came into the game a perfect 6-0. Canton would win that game 36-0. Donte Fox described how the Wildcats were able to play so well early, "In the beginning of the season we beat teams just by being better and more athletic than them. Our coaches were great throughout the season in personal on both sides of the ball, but we did not have all the positions set right until after Novi game which was our 8th game of the season. After that, positions changed and we were able to be more physical on teams." The Wildcats closed the season out with wins against Novi and Adrian.

Plymouth went into the playoffs, if you would have looked ahead, if Plymouth and their rival, Canton took care of business it would setup another Canton vs. Plymouth game.  Well Canton took care of Ann Arbor Pioneer and Plymouth took care of Saline.  The Wildcats would beat Canton 17-7, which would begin the magical ride in the playoffs which included wins over Catholic Central and Rockford.  Those wins carried them to Ford Field and began a wave of excitement around state.  Fox talked about how those big wins carried over throughout the week, "Coach Sawchuk taught us to have a short memory all throughout the season whether we won or loss, that’s how we carried it. In practice it was not mentioned. In school, it was pretty big; people knew who we were and what we were accomplishing throughout the post season."

Unfortunately for Plymouth their state title aspirations fell short in the state final against Lake Orion, who the previous week, took out the division 1 favorites, Cass Tech.  Fox shared his thoughts on what it will take to get back to the biggest stage in the state, "We plan to work harder and become more focused on a goal we all know now is achievable. With a strong JV team who had a lot of players step up and start on the varsity team in playoffs and strong juniors who also started at a lot of the positions on the field, we know that if everyone buys into what our coaches say, we will be able to return to the state championship."

For 2011 the game that easily stands out ahead of the pack is, Canton vs. Plymouth again in week 8.  Fox talked about what he expects from that game, "Both sides wants this game bad, no matter how the season goes, this is the game we always look forward to. I am sure they want to beat us bad after the playoff game last year. But as always the game will be great especially with the amount of athletes on each side this year."

The Wildcats have already attracted many doubters and that list is sure to increase before August 27th.  The main reason why is because the Wildcats were led by defensive end/tight end, Brennan Beyer who moved to Michigan and field goal kicker, Kyle Brindza who went to Notre Dame.  Both players played a big role especially during the 2010 playoffs but a football team is much more than just two players.  Fox discussed the impact of the players and how the Wildcats plan to play without the two, "they were 2 of our better players, but they were not the team. We will replace them and the team will be just as good with the athletes we will have, I am not going to say it will be easier without them, but we are all working hard to make sure us needing them will not need to happen this upcoming year. To the people who doubt us, go ahead. I would not have it any other way, because we do not care what others think about us, we will come out and play for us, not for them."

During the spring of 2011 this site released an early preseason top 25 of the whole entire state of Michigan.  The Wildcats were picked to be at #3.  Fox and his teammates take great pride in receiving the early accolade, "I believe it would make the team know that the hard work we are doing is paying off and people are seeing that. The players at Plymouth know where we stand and what we must do to keep that streak alive."  With Wildcats returning many key contributors beside Fox, the Wildcats are primed to make a run the Kensington Lakes South Conference.  The first game will be played at Eastern Michigan University at 11 A.M. on August 27th against state finalist in Division 6, Saint Mary's Catholic Central.  Fox mentions what it will take for Plymouth to win that game and making a statement for the remaining 8 opponents, "It will take us being disciplined and understanding to know what our coaches wants us to do on the field, we will plan to let the state know that last year was not luck and Plymouth will be a top contender yet again."

For the junior runningback, the off-season has been a time to make a few improvements. "Well for one, being better conditioned and stronger for next year, working my butt off with my speed trainer, Jake Sweeney, and weight lifting just about every day. I want to see great improvement on my runningback skills.  I will be starting this year hopefully and I would like to see more strength when I run, also speed too."  Fox went onto talk about his role for the upcoming season, "my role will be helping with leadership and helping this team get back to the state championship but with a different outcome."

During the spring and late winter, the players have been attending camps to seek improvement and exposure. Fox has not had the opportunity to go yet but starting June, he will be in full swing. "Well, I will begin to go to camps this upcoming June, but I have been invited to many so far so it has been going great."  Fox has been visiting a few schools and has also picked up some offers, "My visits have been to MSU, Central Michigan, Toledo, Bowling Green, and Michigan. Offers have come from Toledo and Central Michigan."



3 comments:

  1. wow kid is good

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  2. shouldve been plymouth's starter... other running back was nice but from the comparison of the highlight films... fox is a playmaker wherever you put him.

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  3. Fox is very strong and athletic. Seems very smart and has a feel for being around the ball. What a player. I still wonder why he wasn't the starter. Let's see how it play out this year.

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