JOLIET – When a team had only allowed one touchdown through four games, it doesn’t help to commit some big turnovers and have poor field position against them.
But that’s just what happened to Plainfield South in its clash of unbeatens with Oswego East in Friday’s marquee game in the Southwest Prairie Conference.
Add in some big plays on offense, and you have all the ingredients for the type of evening that the Wolves enjoyed after they jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead and recorded their fourth shutout with a decisive 29-0 victory.
“Their defense is really good,” Cougars coach Bill Bicker said. “I thought we had some chances and did some things OK, but we still got our butts kicked. There were opportunities there within the game, but there were too many penalties. They’re a very good football team that’s very well-coached, and I have a lot of respect for Tyson and the program he runs.
“This was a fun to game to be a part of. We’re still climbing and trying to grow to that point where we want to be. We’ve got good kids, and they’ll bounce back. Part of what we teach in this game is, ‘How do you bounce back when things don’t go your way?’ That’s what we’re out here for, how do you teach those moments.”
The Wolves (5-0, 5-0 SPC) have outscored their opponents by a 176-6 margin. They’ve recorded three consecutive shutouts and haven’t allowed an offensive touchdown against them.
East scored three touchdowns during a span of 6:28 in the second quarter to turn a scoreless tie into a 20-0 advantage heading into halftime.
The visitors moved in front for good with 8:50 left in the first quarter when Corey Provow (9 of 11, 118 yards passing) tossed a 60-yard scoring strike to Keion Battle (five receptions, 109 yards receiving) to make it 6-0. On its next possession, East took a 13-0 lead when Justin Clark (six carries, 65 yards rushing) corralled a pitch and ran 48 yards for another touchdown.
After East’s Stone Gorman got the first of his two interceptions, Provow found Battle for another score on the next play, from 29 yards out, to make it 20-0 with 2:22 left in the half.
Charles Caruso recorded a safety with eight seconds to go in the third quarter, and Clark capped things when he ran in from 3 yards out with 9:42 left in the contest.
Tod Bell led the Cougars with 72 yards on 18 carries, while for East, Ian Kroemer added 63 rushing yards on 16 rushes.
“We came out and played well in all facets of the game,” Wolves coach Tyson LeBlanc said. “Plainfield South is a good football team, and they’re extremely physical. So for us to come out and match their physicality and maybe even take it to another level, you’ve got to be really pleased with that. South has a good defense, so I’m pleased that we were able to not just hit big plays, but move the ball.”