Bigger and more atheltic than the visitors, the Plainfield football team jumped to an early lead and never looked back during a 35-7 win against visting Greenwood on Friday night.
With the win, the Quakers improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Mid-State Conference. Greenwood, meanwhile, fell to 2-3 and 1-2 in the conference.
With a light drizzle falling all evening, Plainfield took advantage of turnovers, one interception and one recovered fumble that put Greenwood in an early bind.
On its second possession of the first quarter, Plainfield scored its first touchdown, splitting the Greenwood defense with a 50-yard run by senior Josh Miller.
On Greenwood’s next possession, Miller — who also plays defense — intercepted a pass and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown to give the Quakers a 14-0 advantage.
Then, on Greenwood’s next possession after the kickoff, Plainfield recovered a Greenwood fumble. The Quakers scored a few plays later on a 45-yard run by Miller to go up 21-0.
Plainfield made it 28-0 on a 69-yard pass from senior quarterback Brady Nichols to junior wide-out Garrett Patton with 5:51 left in the half.
“Plainfield out-muscled us from the first play and continued to do it the entire night,” Woodmen coach Mike Campbell said. “They’re the more physical and aggressive team, so they deserve the credit.”
Out of the locker room, the Woodmen stayed determined.
Senior John Gallman got free on an end-sweep, resulting in a 34-yard touchdown run, for Greenwood’s only score of the night.
Gallman finished with 61 yards on 16 carries.
Senior fullback Austin Montgomery had 45 yards on 12 carries for the Woodmen. Junior quarterback Tanner Skeel had 69 yards on 10 carries and was 2 for 3 in the air for just 16 yards for Greenwood.
“Obviously, our strength is on the ground,” Campbell said. “We’re going to continue to improve, and we’ll keep practicing on the passing game so we can be more consistent. That’s where our focus is going to be.”
Plainfield scored its fifth touchdown late in the third quarter on a 49-yard run by the Quakers leading rusher, sophomore Jacob Maple to make it 35-7.
Maple rushed for 149 yards on 16 carries and Miller, who had three touchdowns, finished with 100 yards rushing on seven carries.
Nichols threw for 120 yards completing 5 of 12 attempts.