9/20/2011 9:41:00 PM Coalers keep cool in win over Reapers
Jim Ludes Correspondent
The Coalers are for real, folks. Coal City (4-0) did the same to previously unbeaten Plano (3-1) as it had the first three weeks; send a hopeful opponent to bed on Friday night with a loss.
It's tough to tell what the strategy was for Plano entering the game. Many thought that the said-to-be heavily recruited running back/defensive back, Joseph Jones, would be the center-piece of an offensive onslaught. Instead Alan Vega carried the load for Plano.
The game was a little chippy. It appeared, for certain, that the Reapers were hitting late after almost every whistle - attempting to get the Coalers off their game. For a while, it worked as the Coalers were penalized three times as much as Plano on the night.
Afterwards, Coaler quarterback, Cody Onsen said, "Yeah, they did a lot of hitting and had a lot to say. We just had to keep our composure and not do anything back. We kept our cool and it paid off."
It paid off in a 21-7 Coaler victory. Onsen led the way to victory by passing 14- of-27 for 190 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. On the season Onsen in 45-for-77 (58.4 percent) for 736 yards with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Coal City capitalized off turnovers in this one. The Reapers gave the ball to Coal City six times on the night and its inability to hold possession was the ultimate difference.
For more on the Coalers including photos and a preview of their tilt with unbeaten Sandwich Friday, pick up a copy of the Sept. 21 Courant.