Plainfield High School ends football season with a thriller

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Plainfield - posted Tue., Nov. 29, 2011
The Plainfield-Griswold football rivalry goes back to 1937. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.
The Plainfield-Griswold football rivalry goes back to 1937. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.

The Plainfield High School Panthers ended their football season with a thrilling game on Thanksgiving Day. Unfortunately for the black and orange, they were on the short side of a 21-20 loss. Except for a last-minute touchdown with 2 minutes remaining in the first half, the Panthers might have beaten their rival, Griswold.

According to coach Patrick Sullivan, his ECC Small Division team had an excellent week of preparation. “We had a colossal mountain to climb after losing our All-ECC running back, senior Matt LaPrade,” he said. LaPrade injured his ankle just weeks earlier in a game against Montville.

The Wolverines jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but Plainfield responded with two touchdowns to bring the score to 14-7 in their favor. Both teams scored again, but Plainfield wasn't able to secure the extra point, while Griswold converted for two on a run.

“Despite the loss, the team played inspired football,” Smith said. “We played our most complete game of the year. It was a terrific team effort.”

Smith is already looking forward to next season. He intends to continue with that total team effort when the first whistle blows next fall.

The Panthers will lose 14 seniors, but will return six starters to the field on offense. Eight defensive starting players will return, as well. “We will be led by a strong senior class next year,” Smith said.

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