Plainfield North football completes record season with state berth

A 26-13 loss to East St. Louis in the Class 7A IHSA state championship game didn’t tell the whole story for Plainfield North.

It was a wild ride for the Tigers, who had not won a playoff game in their program’s 10-year history before the incredible run.

In fact, they won as many playoff games this year as Plainfield has won this century total heading into this season.

The run started with a 42-0 romp over Highland Park. That is the game that broke the ice, although they were expected to win the game.

The next game, the Tigers weren’t expected to win. They had to travel to top-seed and unbeaten Bradley-Bourbonnais and not many gave them a chance.

However, they jumped out to a big lead and were never seriously threatened, winning 49-20.

North returned home to take on Rockford Auburn and rolled for a third straight game, 30-7.

That set up a showdown to go to state with Oak Park-Fenwick in a game that will be remembered by the entire state.

It appeared Fenwick had won the game after its quarterback through a pass out of bounds with no time on the clock and a 10-7 lead.

But the refs called intentional grounding on fourth down and incorrectly awarded the Tigers the ball. The Tigers took advantage of their good fortune and kicked a game-tying field goal to send the game into overtime.

After a Friar touchdown, the Tigers answered with a touchdown and went for two and made it to win the game, 18-17.

The game though will be remembered for the botched call that led to a Fenwick protest and suing the IHSA. The game made not only regional radio but national news.

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