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2007 Schedule

8/24 7:00 @
Lisle (Sr.)
@ Benedictine University
8/31 7:30 H
9/7 7:15 H
Braidwood (Reed-Custer)
9/14 7:30 @
9/21 7:30 H
9/29 1:30 H
10/5 7:30 @
*Coal City
10/12 7:30 H
*Dwight [Coop]
10/19 7:30 @

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Reapers Fall by a point in Opener

Plano - It may have been the 26th of August, but last Friday night’s Coal City football game had playoff atmosphere written all over it.  In their first outing since taking second in the Class 4A playoffs Coal City played Plano to a tune of 7-6.  As that score would indicate, the defenses dominated play from the very first drive.

Excitement filled the air as a light drizzle began to rain and the Coalers awaited the kickoff from Plano.  Soon the season would be on and scoreboards would be lighting up.  The board did switch a zero over to a six just over two minutes into the contest.  Unfortunately, it was a Plano tally. 

The early Coaler drive was just about  over as it began while the Reapers came out hitting everything in sight.  Led by junior middle-linebacker and owner of the Interstate Eight’s best (and perhaps most suitable) name, Nick Nasti, helped on a couple early stops that helped force the Coalers to punt.  Nasti would make nine solo tackles and help on four more in all as the game’s leader.

Off the foot of senior punter Ben Rouse, Alex Jensen received the ball at the 45-yard line, ran to the right side of the field and did not stop until he dove into the endzone with the game, and season’s, first score.  Freshman kicker, Kevin Jernigan, booted the extra point off the right upright and could turn the six into a seven; a mistake that would prove costly and eventually seal the Reapers fate.

The Coalers’ early offensive struggle can equally be accounted for by the effort the Reapers showed on defense.  With five carries for -2 yards in the first half, Zach Smith was thwarted and the Coalers had to rely on other legs and the arm of Jack Carpenter to produce what little yardage they could muster.

Luke Turner 10 first half yards on a pair of runs and finished with 17 on seven carries.  Bernie D’Orazio ran for 11 yards in the opening half and 12 for the game on four touches.  Carpenter completed five of 11 pass attempts in the first half for 48 yards most of which was earned on a 22 yard strike over the middle to Smith.  In his debut, Carpenter finished six of 15 for 66 yards, no touchdowns or interception.  He also ran for 23 yards on 7 tries. 

Of those six completions, Brian Goff, Turner, Smith and D’Orazio were the recipients.

Smith, the workhorse, got rolling as the Coalers came out of a 6-0 deficit at the half.  Smith broke off runs of 21, 8 and 6 before breaking through from five yards out for the tying score.  At the culmination, Smith had run for 71 yards on 18 attempts (3.9 yards per carry).

The touchdown tied the score at six and put the onus on the right leg of Rouse.  The senior who has made many a big kick (and punt) for the Coalers, including the longest field goal in school history, drilled the point after attempt down the middle.  With under five minutes on the clock, few could have guessed that Rouse just hit the equivalent of a walk-off homer in the 10th inning.

On the other side of the ball, the Coalers were as stingy as ever.  Plano collected only 168 offensive yards in the game and zero points from the offense (something very familiar to foes of the green and gold).  Quarterback Brook Bott ran for 19 yards and threw for 47; completing six of 15.  Of those 47 yards, 30 came on the game’s biggest offensive play from scrimmage.  Nasti, also a fullback, did the most “damage” against the Coalers’ defense.  On 12 runs, Nasti totaled 49 yards (4.1 average). 

Plano was dragged down six times or more by seven Coalers.  None were in on more plays than linebacker Nick Bonarek.  With four solo tackles and eight assists, Bonarek is the early-season tackles leader with 12 stops.  Right behind him is Turner with 10 stops (five solo). 

Safety Brian Naiden matched his jersey number with eight tackles though one would be hard pressed to find anyone who can match Naiden’s passion on the field.  Matt Rodriguez, Nick Trotter and Keegan Grant each came up to make seven tackles while Mike Kettman dragged down six Reapers.


by Jim Ludes / Correspondent


Related Stories:
-2005 Week #11
-2005 Week #1

Photo Archive:
-2005 Week #11

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Team Accomplishments

State Champs
2006 3A,

Runner up

2006 3A, 2005 3A, 1980 3A

Conference Champs
Interstate Eight
2006, 2005, 1982*, 1980


School Facts

Football Enrollment:

Interstate Eight (Small)


School Colors:


Head Coach:
Jim Green

Last Season's Record:

Past Player Watch
School Related Links:
-Plano HS (official)

2006 Schedule

8/25 7:30 H
Lisle (Sr.) 602.00
9/1 7:30 @
Sandwich 851.00
9/8 7:30 @
Braidwood (Reed-Custer) 624.00
9/15 7:30 H
*Seneca 503.00
9/22 7:30 @
*Westmont 587.00
9/29 7:30 @
*Wilmington 516.00
10/7 2:00 H
*Coal City 622.00
10/13 7:30 @
*Dwight [Coop] 351.00
10/20 7:30 H
Manteno 623.00

2005 Schedule

8/26 7:30 H
*Coal City 597.00
9/2 7:00 @
*Braidwood (Reed-Custer) 578.00
9/9 7:30 @
*Sandwich 808.00
9/16 7:30 H
*Seneca 503.00
9/23 7:30 @
*Wilmington 501.00
10/1 1:00 H
*Dwight [Coop] 558.00
10/7 7:00 @
*Lisle (Sr.) 598.00
@ Benedictine Univ.
10/14 7:30 H
*Manteno 561.00
10/21 7:30 @
*Peotone 575.00

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