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Coal City falters, falls to Plano in second half

COAL CITY – To say the second half of Friday night’s football game for Coal City did not go well may be something of an understatement. After a tie at intermission, Plano scored 21 points in slightly more than two minutes, then went on to a 35-14 win over the Coalers.

Plano scored at 7:21 of the third quarter when Javon Montgomery scored on a 1-yard run. It capped a 10-play drive. Right on the heels of that, Plano picked off Coal City quarterback Brennan Shetina, and two plays later, scored when Eloy Carrera went in from 3 yards away.

Making things worse, Coal City fumbled the next kickoff and Plano scored less than a minute later. That score came from Carrera from 4 yards out.

It didn’t get much better from there as Weslye Brown scored from 10 yards out at 1:34 of the third.

Shetina put the final TD of the game on the board by going in from a yard with just 1:27 left, and the PAT accounted for the final.

Coal City had just five first downs in the second half.

However, it was a slow and methodical first half of play for the two teams. For the most part, Plano dominated the time of possession in the first 24 minutes, running 32 plays to 20 for Coal City.

Plano got the first score of the game at 8:32 of the second quarter after marching 67 yards in nine plays. Shawn Wollenweber got the touchdown on an 18-yard run. Sergio Chavez kicked the extra point, and it was 7-0.

The ensuing drive for Coal City stalled, but not before getting to the Plano 40. That’s when the Coalers sent out punter Brad Littleton. He delivered a punt toward the end zone that Wollenweber fumbled inside the 10. Corey Jurzak landed on the ball at the 1-yard line to breath life into the Coalers.

The next play from scrimmage, Shetina dove in from a yard out. It was a four-second drive that was then capped when Lane Cowherd kicked the extra point.

The Coalers are now 3-3, while Plano moves to 5-1.

Coal City is at Peotone on Friday.

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