Plainfield East gets out to quick start, holds off Minooka

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After allowing an opening drive touchdown to Minooka, Plainfield East (4-1, 2-1) scored the next 23 points, including a safety and an interception return for a score and led 23-7 after one quarter. The Bengals led 30-21 at halftime and extended their lead to 37-21 with 10:10 remaining in the game.


Bengals senior defensive back Jordan Plantz jumped a wide receiver route for an interception and returned it twelve yards for a touchdown that extended the Plainfield East lead to 23-7 with under thirty seconds left in the first quarter.


Plainfield East junior quarterback Cole Kotopka completed 19 of 37 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns. Kotopka also had 14 rushes for 65 yards and a score.


Plainfield East outgained Minooka (2-3, 1-2) in total offense 417-274 and the Bengals defense forced four turnovers. Minooka junior running back Nathan Gunn had 19 rushes for 110 yards and two touchdowns.


“It all starts with our line up front but we thought that we had an advantage with our one-on-one match-ups of our wide receivers and their db’s and we took advantage of that early in the game,” Kotopka said.

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