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Coalers stuck in thick of tough part of I-8 schedule

The Plano football team will be bringing a new look to Coal City on Friday night.

“They are a lot different than they were last year,” Coal City coach Lenny Onsen said. “They had been a Wing-T team year after year but now they are more of a double wing and they will throw it three by one. You’ll see a bit of everything from them.”

Plano enters Friday’s contest with a 4-1 record, putting the Reapers at the top of the Interstate Eight Large Division standings.

“They are a double wing team and they will spread it with a three-by-one look. They show a lot of different formations and mix it up,” Onsen said. “They have a quarterback [Collin Seyller] that can move pretty well and do a lot of good things and they have the Weslye Brown kid who was their quarterback last year – he’s a tailback this year.

“They have a stable of backs in the back there that they move in and out with their quarterback and they throw the ball. They have a couple of speedsters, including [Javon Montgomery] – he’s pretty quick. They like to get the ball to him in a lot of different ways.”

Plano’s new head coach is Brad Kunz, which explains the offensive changes, but the defense seems to be pretty similar to what fans are used to seeing.

“They look like they run a 3-5-3, which is something they have run in the past,” Onsen said. “They really like to blitz coming off the edge and try to make you guess which guys are coming and which guys are not coming.

“They do a lot of blitzing and keep guys coming at you. They like to mix and match and we’re going to try and hopefully even some things out to make it a better matchup for us.”

Plano has defeated Reed-Custer (28-7), Westmont (72-14), Peotone (25-21) and Herscher (48-24) while losing to Sandwich (24-20).

Meanwhile, Coal City defeated Sandwich last week 28-0 in what Onsen describes as the team’s best game of the season.

“We’ve been getting better each and every week,” Onsen said. “I thought last week was our best effort offensively and the defense and special teams also did a lot of good things. We want to keep building on all three areas and to be honest we are at that point where we can’t afford to have any setbacks.

“We had that blunder Week 3 when we lost that ballgame [22-21 to Manteno] and now we’ve put ourselves in a hole. That means that every game is a playoff type of game for us. Hopefully being on our home field will help us out.”

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