INDIANAPOLIS — Plainfield tried to play spoiler at Decatur Central’s Homecoming last night, but it was the Quakers who left disappointed. Decatur Central leads the state in scoring and put up a big second half to pull away from Plainfield for a 48-28 win.
Coming out of the half, the game was tied at 14 as both teams had a solid first two quarters. However, two costly errors in the third quarter spelled disaster for Plainfield and turned the tide of the game.
“I think we gave them two short porches,” Plainfield coach Brian Woodard said. “We go on fourth down and don’t get it and we fumble the ball and give it right back to them. They’re too good of a football team to give the ball back to and that’s 14 points we could ill afford to give up and was the difference maker in the second half.”
While low scoring in the first half, the game was akin to a track meet with each team getting up and down the field with precision the rest of the way.
Decatur scored first on a 6-yard touchdown run by Dakota Sidwell. Plainfield responded on the first play of the second quarter as Jacob Maple went in over the left side, diving to the pylon.
Decatur led 8-7 and answered with a 10-play, 69-yard drive that culminated with Eli Conlin going in from 10 yards. After a failed two-point conversion, Plainfield trailed 14-7.
Maple scored his second TD after a lengthy Plainfield drive, leaving 51.7 seconds in the half. Decatur tried to answer but Plainfield stopped them on the 1-yard line as time expired.
“It was a good second quarter for us, but we can’t come out and not show up offensively,” Woodard said.
Conlin was the main cog of the Decatur offense and finished with 168 yards and three TDs. Decatur accumulated nearly 400 yards on the ground and rushed for seven touchdowns, five in the second half.
“We like to think we do a great job up front and it all starts with them,” Decatur coach Justin Dixson said. “It’s not fun being on the other end of that and we feel like it’s our strength.”
Decatur opened the second half with a TD run by Conlin and after a failed two-point conversion, led 20-14.
Plainfield answered quickly as Josh Miller went 55 yards for a TD on the Quakers’ third play of the ensuing drive, grabbing a 21-20 lead.
The Quakers would go on to score just one more touchdown after that as Maple recorded his third TD of the night with 5:36 left in the game and the Quakers trailed 40-28.
That would be as close as Plainfield would get.
“There were some good plays and we did some good things defensively against a potent offensive team,” Woodard said. “But at the same time, we’ve got to correct the silly stuff.”