PLAINFIELD – It wasn’t pretty, but Plainfield Central used a defensive touchdown, a field goal and an offensive touchdown late in the third quarter to beat Joliet West, 16-0, Friday night in a Southwest Prairie Conference game.
The Wildcats move to 4-1, and it’s the first time since 2008 that Central has won four of its first five games.
“It didn’t look good, but our defense played so well, and we will take the win tonight,” Central coach Robert Keane said. “I’m so proud of our defense and to come out and get a shutout is big. But I have to to mention what a great job West did tonight, especially with all they have been through. Their effort tonight was great and our hats are off to Coach [Bill] Lech, the staff and all their players.”
West (0-5) hasn’t played since Week 2 because of Covid-19 and only had two full team practices the past two weeks, with those coming this past Wednesday and Thursday.
After a scoreless first quarter Central put a drive together that started on their own 34 yard line and culminated with a 36 yard field goal by Brendan Prah with 8:13 left in the second quarter and that was the way the first half ended.
West had two golden opportunities in the first half with the first coming after their second possession as they recovered a fumbled punt by the Wildcats at the 16-yard line. However, a nine-yard sack and a holding penalty forced the Tigers to punt and killed the threat. The other chance was with 3:37 left in the half, they put together a 53 yard drive to the 17-yard line and on third and one lost seven yards, then on fourth down came up two yards short for the first down attempt.
On the Tigers first possession of the second half, the Wildcats Charlton Jones picked off the pass from Evan Gould and raced 17 yards for the touchdown and went up, 9-0.
“I saw green, and that was so big for the momentum in the game both for our defense and offensively,” Jones said. “That was my first ever interception and my first touchdown, and now I want more that felt so good.”
“We talked at halftime about one of the teams is going to make a statement early in the second half,” Keane said. “Charleton [Jones] did just that and our entire defense was great tonight.”
Then with 4:13 remaining in the third quarter, Central put together a 53 yard drive, sparked by two passes of 21 and 17 yards from quarterback Connor Huffman to Derek McClimon and the Huffman scampered the final three yards around the right side to score the only offensive touchdown in the game.
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Plainfield East 48, Joliet Central 0: The Bengals inched closer to the .500 mark with an easy win over the Steelmen.
Quinn Callaghan was 8 for 10 for 170 yards and three passing touchdowns and added a pair of rushing scores.
Plainfield North 31, Yorkville 3: The Tigers defense was stifling as they improved to 4-1.
Harrison Klein threw for two touchdowns and added a rushing score.
Plainfield South 42, Romeoville 28: Brian Stanton had 23 carries for 217 yards as the Cougars collected an SPC victory.
Joliet Catholic 41, Crete-Monee 27: Vinny Iannantone scored three touchowns and the Hilltoppers built a big lead before coasting to a nonconference win.
JCA (5-0) will host St. Laurence in Week 6.
Lockport 42, Sandburg 0: Hayden Timosciek threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns, and the defense got its fourth shutout of the season for Lockport (5-0).
Andrew 31, Lincoln-Way Central 7: At New Lenox, the Knights (2-3, 1-2) struggled to contain the Bolts.
Lincoln-Way West 42, Stagg 6: At New Lenox, the Warriors (2-3, 2-0) made short work of the Chargers.
Justin Harris and Jason Harris each had a pair of touchdowns for the Warriors.
Providence 35, Marian Central 33: At New Lenox, the Celtics stopped a potential tying 2-point conversion in the waning seconds of the game to improve to 3-2.
Coal City 24, Lisle 12: Ashton Harvey ran for more than 200 yards and had 11 solo tackles on defense for the Coalers (3-2).
Morris 42, Marengo 0: At Morris, Morris (5-0) cruised to another comfortable victory at home.
Reed-Custer 42, Peotone 6: At Braidwood, the Comets (5-0) got a Illinois Central Eight Conference win, handily defeating the Blue Devils.
Lemont 61, TF North 6: At Lemont, Lemont (5-0) had no trouble maintaining its unbeaten record against the winless Meteors.
Iroquois West 32, Seneca 20: At Seneca, the Fighting Irish (1-4) built an early lead, but the Irish defense struggled to stop the Raiders.
Lincoln-Way Central (11-1) went to Frankfort and delivered an impressive 5-0 win over Lincoln-Way East.
Nico Espinosa led the way for the Knights with two goals and an assist, while John Roussakis and Zach Davis added one goal each. Ryan Marszalak recorded the shutout at keeper.
Lockport 2, Lincoln-Way West 1: At Lockport, the Porters came out on top against the Warriors.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Macnider Invitational: At Schaumburg, Minooka finished just off the lead at a 10-team invitational, scoring 51 points – two behind St. Charles East’s first-place total.
Ella McCollom led Minooka with a fourth-place finish in 19:08, Audrey Boles took eighth place (19:47), Cassie Fuhrman was 10th (19:53), Taya Gummerson came in 12th (19:54), and Maya Ledesma was 17th (20:29).
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Macnider Invitational: At Schaumburg, Oswego took first place out of eight teams with 26 points, comfortably ahead of second-place Minooka’s 48.
Zack Balzer led Minooka by taking second place (15:55) and Dan Schalk was just behind in third place (16:07).
Bartlett Invitational: At Bartlett: Lincoln-Way Central took third out of 19 schools at the Flyin’ Hawk Invite.
All seven Knights’ runners finished in the top 50 in a 129-man field. Caden Simone led the way with a third-place individual finish in 15:07.
Lincoln-Way West Invite: At New Lenox, Lincoln-Way West finished behind only Sandburg at the 12-team invite.
Sandburg scored 23 points, the Warriors 20, Providence and Hinsdale South tied for third with 19, and Lincoln-Way East rounded out the top five with 14.