By Brent Glasgow firstname.lastname@example.org
Hendricks County Flyer
---- — PLAINFIELD – Friday’s meeting between Danville and the host Quakers featured one team clicking on all cylinders and one compensating for a personnel shortage.
In winning 55-16, Plainfield dominated Danville, as the Warriors had 16 players out in a week in which 27 were unable to go during one day of practice, mostly due to injuries or illness.
Plainfield put the game away early, as its first-quarter burst included two passing touchdowns, a rushing score and two interceptions.
“We felt it was important to have a great start because Danville does some unorthodox things in the special teams, and we were concerned with that,” Plainfield coach Brian Woodard said. “To get off to that start offensively and defensively, it gave us a cushion and made me feel a lot better.”
Danville was outscored 41-0 in the first half for the second time in as many games.
“We have a lot of inexperienced guys out there, and if you make mistakes against a good football team, they’ll make you pay for it,” Danville coach Russ Sumner said.
After Plainfield’s Brady Nichols just missed Garrett Patton on a bomb on the game’s first play from scrimmage, the duo connected two plays later for a 50-yard touchdown.
“We had some match-ups that we thought were favorable if they gave us a certain look,” Woodard said. “Our line protected, and our QB put it out there for him to make the catch.”
Plainfield’s Michael Conley had an interception on the next series, and Nichols then hit Patton for a 22-yard score. Josh Miller followed with a 78-yard interception return for a TD, and a 32-yard scoring run by Jacob Maple gave the Quakers a quick 27-point lead.
Plainfield (2-0) added two TDs in the second quarter, with a short plunge by Drew Thomas and a 26-yard connection between Nichols and Miller.
Danville’s Autry Pickens had 23 carries for 108 yards in the first half, including a 56-yarder that set up the Warriors’ only real scoring chance, which ended with a fumble in Plainfield territory.
Miller had a 25-yard TD run in the third quarter before Plainfield put in its reserves, and Pickens put Danville (0-2) on the board with a 1-yard run 30 seconds into the fourth.
Plainfield’s Coy Anderson and Danville’s Trevor Schubert had TD runs in the closing minutes to cap the scoring.
Nichols went 8 of 12 for 211 yards and Miller had 101 yards on 14 carries for Plainfield.
Pickens finished with 158 rushing yards for Danville, shouldering most of the load for the depleted Warriors.
“We are limited with what we can do right now, but we don’t make excuses,” Sumner said. “We’re just gonna deal with it and coach guys up as best we can.”
The win capped a tough week for the Plainfield community, as teacher and coach Brent Schwanekamp lost his wife, Mary, to cancer on Sunday. Hundreds of attendees showed their support by wearing “We’ve Got Your Back” T-shirts. Proceeds and other donations went to a college fund set up for their 2-year-old son, Scotty.
“Brent’s been with us since 2007 and he’s a brother,” Woodard said. “It was an emotional week, but it was uplifting tonight to see everyone with their shirts on, and for us to be able to give him a win.”