Plainfield North defeats Romeoville in Southwest Prairie Conference
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media September 29, 2012 1:10AM
Plainfield North quarter back Kurt Palandech scrambles for a touchdown against Romeoville. | John Patsch~For Sun-Times Media
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Plainfield North offensive lineman Zach Yost helped the Tigers rush for 440 yards.
Updated: November 1, 2012 6:29AM
Plainfield North won the battle in the trenches in dominating fashion during its 55-23 Southwest Prairie Conference win Friday over Romeoville.
The offensive line paved the way for a 440-yard rushing attack as the Tigers ran their marks to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the SPC. Romeoville fell to 0-5, 0-3.
“There is a lot of trust on our offensive line,” 6-foot-5, 305-pound senior Zach Yost said. “I know we’re going to pick up some big yards with this team.”
“We have a lot of experienced seniors,” Kane said. “I think those guys have taken a lot of pride in staying on their blocks and running the football.”
Plainfield North featured a pair of 100-yard rushers in Robert Baker (18 carries, 196 yards, two touchdowns) and Jay Roberts (16 carries for 174 yards). Roberts had four touchdowns, all coming in the first half.
“We wanted to control the line and get some touchdowns on the board,” Kane said. “We played well on both sides of the ball and our guys up front blocked real well.”
“That’s what we’re all about,” Yost said. “Getting off to that fast start and building momentum was great to see.”
A 4-yard run by Roberts and a 73-yard touchdown pass from Jake Bambule to Mark Hammond created a 7-all tie two minutes into the game. Plainfield North fumbled on its next play and Romeoville recovered. It failed to take advantage. Instead, Plainfield North ripped off 42 unanswered points to keep the Spartans from their first win of the season.
Plainfield North quarterback Kurt Palandech threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Romeoville’s Caleb Bailey rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
The win sets up a showdown for the inside track to the SPC championship Oct. 5 at Oswego. Both teams are unbeaten in league play.