INDIANAPOLIS—Plainfield coach Brian Woodard said the Quakers allowed way too many big plays in their 42-17 loss to Roncalli Friday night, including a “game-changer” with two seconds remaining in the first half.
Roncalli quarterback Cam Smock hit David Holtkamp, who broke an arm tackle at the 15-yard line on his way to the end zone to give the Rebels an 11-point lead.
“Talk about letting the air out of the team,” Woodard said. “It was tough. We had some blown coverages that made it easy on them. That was huge.”
In the opening quarter, Plainfield’s defense pitched a shutout. Quaker defensive back Dayton Clements recovered a fumble by Roncalli’s Colin McManama on the Rebels’ first possession.
After a Plainfield punt, defensive lineman Bryce Biddle and linebacker Michael Conley recorded consecutive sacks to force a punt.
Woodard said he felt like his team got the start it needed, but that it did not finish well.
“Versus a team like those guys, any little chinks in your armor, they really exposed that,” he said.
Plainfield (3-1) had possession to begin the second half, but its deficit was seven points greater because Roncalli marched 83 yards in 54 seconds to end the first half.
Plainfield quarterback Brady Nichols threw two touchdown passes to help keep his team close, the second of which came on the opening drive of the second half. On fourth down from the 25-yard line, Plainfield wide receiver Garrett Patton outran his man down the left seam. Nichols delivered the ball on target to draw the Quakers within four.
Plainfield did not score again. Roncalli (2-2), meanwhile, rushed for 139 yards after it surrendered that touchdown to consume clock.
“I’ll be interested to see just the numbers as far as how many plays they ran versus us,” Woodard said. “I’m going to guess that we ran probably ran under 40, 45 plays tonight. That’s not how you beat these guys. You beat these guys by taking possessions away from their offense.”
Added Nichols, “Tonight just wasn’t our night. We’re definitely going to bounce back, but losing sucks. I don’t want to feel it ever again.”