Plainfield North Tigers and Oswego Panthers Maul Opponents In 2012-2013 Conference Openers

Plainfield North Tigers and Oswego Panthers Maul Opponents In 2012-2013 Conference Openers
Plainfield North Defeats Plainfield South 35-19 (Image: All Rights Reserved By The Author)

Plainfield North Mauls Plainfield South 35-19

The Plainfield South Cougars (1-2, 0-1) put up a game effort but after the Plainfield North Tigers (2-1, 1-0) stunned their district rivals with two quick scores, it was all but over. The Tigers' Jay Roberts broke a blistering 77 yard TD on the 1st play from scrimmage barely 12 seconds into the game to take a 6-0 lead. After the Cougars failed on their 1st offensive possession, the Tigers unleashed a sustained 17 play, 70 yard drive culminating in a 1 yard TD and successful 2 Point Conversion by Jr. RB Trent Cavin. The score was now 14-0 and the Tigers would go on to maul the Cougars 35-19.

The Cougars did gain some momentum, though. After putting together a decent drive that culminated in an 49 yard FG by K Matt Imburgia, the Plainfield North Tigers fumbled deep in their own territory on their next possession. This allowed Cougars QB Ricky Luna to score from the 1 yard line and bring his team to within five at 14-9. It seemed as if the Cougars luck had changed - they were back in the game! However, Plainfield North would engineer another sustained drive that ended with Jr. RB Trent Cavin's peeling-off a 28 yard run to set up a 15 yard TD Pass from QB Kurt Palandech to Brett Fox on the next play. The score was back up to 21-9 and the Tigers were in control.

Although Plainfield South tried very hard to get back in this game, mental mistakes took their toll. The Cougars Offensive Line struggled and gave up way too many penalties - 2 of which would nullify desperately needed touchdowns. Special Teams were flagged during a beautiful John Kosirog TD kickoff return and those points were taken off the board.

Mistakes! Mistakes! Mistakes! But hey, good teams will take advantage of those making them or showing-up to the game unprepared. So give Tigers Head Coach Tim Kane and Offensive Coordinator John Darlington a lot of credit here, their game plan not only stifled the Cougars offense, but they did it with a swagger.

In the 2nd Half: Kurt Palendech was able to extend the lead to 28-9 after running it in from 22 yards out. However, the Cougars woke up and atoned for squandering earlier opportunities in the Red Zone with K Matt Imburgia splitting the uprights from 31 yards out to make it 28-12 and scored again after Plainfield North fumbled deep in their own zone on the next possession. Cougars QB Ricky Luna would hit WB Mike Valentine for a 31 yard TD to make it 28-19. The Cougars again had a chance, but Plainfield North's RB Jay Roberts would ice the game with a 35 yard sprint into the end zone for the final score.

Special Note: The Tiger Offensive Line must be given a lot of credit in this contest. They played a superb game by opening-up hole after hole for their RB's Roberts and Cavin as well as protecting QB Kurt Palandech. Man, I just can't wait for the October 5th match-up between Plainfield North and Oswego because I gotta feelin' that this will be the game which decides the conference championship. And folks - that game will be decided in the pits!

The Stats:
Plainfield North:
QB Kurt Palendech Passing 3/7, 40 Yds,  1 TD (14 Yds to Brett Fox) / Rushing 11 / 74 Yards, 1 TD
RB Jay Roberts Rushing 26 / 184 Yards, 2TD (77, 35 Yds)
RB Trenton Cavin Rushing 15 / 66 Yds, 1 TD (1Yd) + 2 Pt Conversion

Plainfield South:
QB Ricky Luna Passing 9/22, 94 Yards, 1 TD (31 Yds to Mike Valentine) / Rushing 1 TD
RB John Kosirog 13 Carries / 89 Yards
RB Josh Harris 4 Carries / 59 Yds
K Matt Imburgia 2 FG 49 / 31

Next Up: Plainfield North hosts Plainfield East / Plainfield South hosts Oswego East

Oswego Panthers Skin The Minooka Indians 42-0

The Oswego Panthers (2-1, 1-0) not only ripped the Minooka Indians (0-3, 0-1) to shreds in their 42-0 victory, but they sent a message to the other teams in the conference that they are still the team to beat without three-year starting QB Ryan West. And I wouldn't I bet against them because this is a program that consistently rates as one of the best the Southwest Prairie has to offer. In short - they do it right!

The Panthers came out lightning fast in the 1st Quarter as RB Mikeel Stewart scored from the 3 and 17 yard lines while QB/WB Brett Wainwright added another from a yard out with 5-1/2 minutes remaining in the 1st Half for a 21-0 lead. Near the end of the half, Minooka Punter Jacob Stytz hit a coffin corner kick to force the Panthers to start from their own 1 yard line. But Brett Wainwright engineered a 15 play, 99 yard scoring drive after hitting Jack "Stickum" Kwiatkowski with an 11 yard TD Pass pushing the lead to 28-0 at the half. What was most impressive, though, was that Wainwright completed 5 of 6 passes for 84 yards on that scoring drive to totally take the Indians out of the game. The Panthers were able to establish a running clock in the 2nd half as QB Brett Wainwright found Elliot McGaughy for a 50 yard TD and Freshman QB Steven Frank hit Jack Kwiatkowski with a 6 yarder to end the scoring. From then on, it was just a matter of letting the clock run down.

Minooka were out-played from the get go as their new offensive scheme has yet to show up in any meaningful way. Naturally that bothers me because the Indians have talent (although not as much as the year before). Never the less, Minooka's coaching staff will have to do a better job in devising enough variations in their spread offense to give the kids a chance. Of course it goes beyond just the offense too as the defense has not been able to make the stops consistently either. I have to tell you, this is about as bad as I can ever remember a Minooka team being and I hope they turn it around soon.

Former Minooka / Plainfield South Head Coach Mike Briscoe did, however, get to see his son, Steven, take over the offense after Joe Carnagio had his bell rung by an aggressive Panther Defense. Even though, it probably wasn't the greatest debut for Steven - let's give him a Warm Welcome to the SPC Varsity with an Atta Boy just the same!

The Stats:
QB/WB Brett Wainwright Passing: 10/14 175 Yds, 2 TD / Rushing: 6 Carries / 17 Yds, 1 TD
QB/WB Steven Frank Passing: 3/4 23 Yds, 1 TD
RB Mickeel Stewart 20 Carries / 102 yards, 2 TDs
WR  Jack Kwiatkowski 5 Receptions / 92 yards, 2 TDs
WR Elliot McGaughy 5 Receptions / 96 yards, 1 TD

QB Steve Briscoe Passing: 3/8 9 Yds, 0 TD
QB/WB Joe Carnagio 9 Carries / 9 yards
RB Cory Bee 3 Carries / 27 yards
RB Nathan Gunn 6 Carries / 5 yards

Next Up: Minooka hosts Plainfield Central / Oswego hosts Romeoville

Plainfield Central Wildcats, Ellingwood Run Amok Over Romeoville 42-0

The Plainfield Central Wildcats (3-0, 1-0) have now defeated their 3rd consecutive "duck" after making amends for a 2011-2012 Season-Ending Upset loss to the Romeoville Spartans (0-3, 0-1) by blasting them 42-0 in front of a home crowd. And the Wildcats must be over the moon right now because they could be on their way to a very successful campaign. However, their next opponent will be Minooka and despite their three losses, must be considered a legitimate challenge.

Can Plainfield Central start the year 4-0? I say Hell Yes!

The Wildcats have an efficient, game clock-grinding offense led by Jordan Ellingwood, Gino Giarratano, Tyler Erdman and even Division I Recruit Bryce Douglas. The Romeoville Spartans found that out quite quickly this past Friday as the Wildcats ran up a quick 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Jordan Ellingwood opened the scoring when he ran in from the 4 yard line, Gino Giarratano ran it in from the 15 and Bryce Douglas had a Refrigerator Perry moment right at the end of the quarter. Jordan Ellingwood would go on to score another three touchdowns in the 2nd half.

Romeoville's best opportunity came near the end of the 1st half after forcing a fumble. However, starting QB Jacob Bambule was ruled out of this game due to an earlier concussion and Sophomore Kelvin Jones made his Varsity debut. After Jones tried to get the Spartans on the board right away with a pass into the end zone to Ivan Diaz, it fell incomplete. After Miguel Ford ran the ball 9 yards to the 4 - Jones earned a first and goal with a hard 1 yard gain. On the next play, a bad snap was knocked into the air and intercepted by the Wildcats. The Spartans don't have many offensive weapons outside Miguel Ford and RB/LB Caleb Bailey, but Bailey was held to one carry for -1 yards on the night.

The Stats:
Plainfield Central:
RB Jordan Ellingwood 18 Carries / 144 Yds, 4TD
RB Gino Giarratano 10 Carries / 93 Yds, 1TD

Next Up: Plainfield Central @ Minooka / Romeoville @ Oswego

Plainfield East Bengals, Kotopka Sneaks Past Oswego East Wolves 33-6

The Plainfield East Bengals (1-2, 1-0) did not have an easy non-conference schedule losing 24-22 to Metea Valley and 30-14 to Batavia. Granted Metea Valley is not a super tough team team, but they come from a competitive conference. The Bengals should have won that game too, but fumblitis got in the way. Batavia, though, is a tough team and handed Plainfield East their supper. The Bengals were viewed as an unknown due to large graduation losses, but people forget that they had a pretty darn good Sophomore squad and this year will depend a lot on their development. Other teams in the conference should not underestimate Coach Romeli's game plan creativity and take the Bengals seriously.

Oswego East, meanwhile has a new Head Coach in Tyson LeBlanc and people are hoping for the same magic he performed at Chicago Curie. But as I said last week, Plainfield East clearly played better competition than the Oswego East Wolves (2-1, 0-1) did and that Bengals would win. Well? No surprise as the Bengals denied Tyson LeBlanc his first conference victory in a 33-6 thrashing.

Plainfield East is not a bad team folks! They will be explosive and Jr. QB Jacob Kotopka can be one of the good ones in this conference when everything is said and done. I have seen this kid play and not only can he throw the ball - but he can run it too. And run it he did as two Quarterback Sneaks resulted in long Touchdowns (67 & 54 Yards). Kotopka would rush for 134 total yards and threw for another to account for three touchdowns.

It was RB Brennan Rompa, though, who opened the scoring for the Bengals with 9 seconds left in the 1st Quarter. On the Bengals next possession, Jacob Kotopka peeled-off the first of his two sneaks for what proved to winning margin of victory. With 30 second left in the half, Jacob Kotopka hit Adrian Simbulan with a 21 Yard TD Pass for a 19-0 lead (the 2 Pt Conversion failed). On the first possession of the 3rd Quarter, Kotopka peeled-off his second "sneak" for a 54 Yard Td on a 3rd and 15 play to extend the Bengal lead to 26-0. At this point the game was pretty much over. After the Bengals scored midway through the 4th Oswego East was able to avoid the shutout after Wolves QB Sean Kennedy connected on a 70 yard pass and run play to WR Chase Skenendore to make it 33-6.

Next Up: Plainfield East @ Plainfield North / Oswego East @ Plainfield South

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