OSWEGO – The Plainfield East football team had an extended delay in its Week 4 game at Oswego East, but the Bengals made the wait worthwhile, breaking into the win column for the first time this season, 28-21.
Oswego East moved Friday night’s homecoming game ahead by 90 minutes hoping to beat Mother Nature, but bad weather forced the game to be postponed to Saturday morning. Without a bus to take the Bengals back to Oswego East, the game was delayed another 30 minutes as the team arrived after the scheduled 9 a.m. kickoff.
“We haven’t won since Week 9 of last year, so it feels good,” Plainfield East coach Mike Romeli said. “We came here last night, took the bus trip over and didn’t play. Our buses didn’t show up this morning, and the game was delayed. Our kids stayed focused the whole time and played a great ball game.”
Plainfield East (1-3) converted two Oswego East turnovers into first-half points to take a 14-8 lead at intermission that lasted well into the third quarter.
Oswego East (2-2, 0-2 Southwest Prairie) took a 15-14 lead on a 11-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard score with 4:48 to go in the third. The Wolves held the Bengals to three-and-out, and Oswego East drove back down to the 1-yard line – but this time, the Bengal defense buckled down for the stop.
“That right there is a small thing, but it’s a tribute to what we do in the offseason and in the weight room,” Romeli said. “They couldn’t move us, and that is us being physical at the point of attack, and that’s what we talk about all the time.”
Plainfield East used the momentum to put together its own red zone drive.
Quarterback Matthew Mazurkiewicz connected with Jalen Hutt twice for gains of 47 and 40 yards to put the Bengals at the Oswego East 16. Seven plays later, Mazurkiewicz threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Koch for a 20-15 lead. Troy Mayon recovered an Oswego East fumble to set up another Bengal scoring drive – and Mayon (35 yards, nine carries) converted his own turnover with an eventual 2-yard run into the end zone for a 28-15 lead.
James Kidd threw 4-for-4 on the next series to put Oswego East in the end zone in just 40 seconds, but Plainfield East blocked the extra point attempt as the Bengals held a 28-21 lead at the final horn.
“Offensively, we’ve got to hang onto the football. We have a turnover on our first play, turnover in the fourth quarter – those are big,” Oswego East coach Tyson LeBlanc said. “Our conference is tough, and against good teams you can’t turn the ball over.”
Jeremy Reitz led the Bengals with 65 yards on 26 carries. Mazurkiewicz finished 13-for-26 for 183 yards and three touchdowns. Oswego East was led by Kidd, who came into the game late in the first half for an injured Jaylon Banks (ankle) and went 14-for-21 for 134 yards and one touchdown.