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Coal City, Minooka become playoff eligible

COAL CITY – Connor Skubic ran wild for Coal City on Friday night, as the Coalers rebounded from their first loss of the season with a 28-3 win over Plano in Interstate Eight Large competition.

Skubic ran for 224 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries to pace the Coalers, who notched their fifth win of the season to become playoff eligible. Payton Hutchings completed 4 of 9 passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns, with both scores going to Blake Harseim, who caught three passes for 35 yards.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Coalers (5-1, 3-1) got on the board early in the second when Hutchings and Harseim connecte on a 11-yard scoring pass. Coal City took a 7-0 lead into halftime, and Skubic added to that in the third quarter with a 14-yard touchdown run.

After Plano kicked a field goal to make it 14-3 after three quarters, Hutchings hit Harseim with an 18-yard TD pass with 6:37 to play, and Skubic capped the night with a 60-yard run to paydirt with 2:47 to go.

Minooka 38, Romeoville 12: The Indians won their fifth straight game and became eligible for the playoffs with the Southwest Prairie Conference win. Minooka (5-1, 5-1) ran for 319 yards as a team, led by Connor Etzkorn, who picked up 112 yards on just 10 carries.

Emani Johnson added 55 yards on eight attempts, while quarterback Zach Gessner was 5 of 13 for 129 yards and two touchdowns. The stingy Indian defense limited Romeoville to just 85 total yards of offense.

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