If there was any rust on Plymouth running back Jernarian Caldwell's
Thursday night, it must have peeled off during pre-game warm-ups.
Caldwell missed the entire 2008 football season as well as the Wildcats' opener last week against Salem, but he made up for the inactivity with a dazzling return to the gridiron in Plymouth's 32-30 victory over host Brighton.
Caldwell galloped for 178 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns, all of which were 40-yard-plus crowd-pleasers.
Junior quarterback Victor Hicks also excelled for the 2-0 Wildcats as he ran for 80 yards on 11 carries while completing both of his aerials for 48 yards.
"Jenarian Caldwell and Victor Hicks both played well and our offensive line played much better than it did last week against Salem," said Plymouth coach Mike Sawchuk. "We didn't play really well defensively, but we played well when we had to."
Brighton led briefly on two occasions: 3-0 early in the first quarter and 23-18 late in the third quarter. The Bulldogs' first advantage was wiped out on a 49-yard TD run by Caldwell. The hosts' second lead was erased on a 23-yard run by Hicks that gave the Wildcats a 26-23 third-quarter edge.
Usually reliable Plymouth kicker Kyle Brindza missed four extra points, "but he boomed his kick-offs through the end zone and gave them terrible field position all night," Sawchuk.
The Wildcats amassed 331 total yards. Defensively, Jake Morris accounted for the lone turnover when he picked off a Brighton pass.
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