PLAINFIELD – Fifty-four carries later and Kapri Bibbs could barely stand.
“I probably won’t be able to move in the morning,” said Bibbs.
Plainfield North needed every yard the senior running back could give them en route to a 43-35 upset win over the previously undefeated Cougars.
“We just had a feeling coming into this game tonight that it was ours to take hold of,” Bibbs said.
Bibbs certainly made it his game, especially early on, as a first-possession turnover gave the Tigers the ball inside the Cougars’ 30. Four plays later, Bibbs scored from five yards out to give North a quick 7-0 lead.
However, the Cougars struck right back on the very next possession evening the score on Austin Howarth’s 40-yard touchdown strike to Darrell Collins.
But Bibbs would fix that in a hurry, as his 48-yard touchdown scamper followed by a 92-yard touchdown pass would balloon the Tigers’ lead to 21-7.
The 14-point lead would not last long, as Plainfield South scored 15 unanswered points to lead 22-21 at the half, but Plainfield North remained confident.
“Even when we were down, it seemed like it was only a matter of time before we retook the lead,” said Bibbs.
The opening drive of the second half was all Bibbs, as the senior ran it eight straight times, capped off by a 31-yard touchdown run, to help the Tigers regain the lead. Back and forth each team would go until a costly missed extra point with less than eight minutes remaining left the Tigers with a one-point lead. From there, Plainfield North constructed a brilliant 14-play drive that was highlighted by a fourth-and-goal touchdown run by Bibbs.
“I just kept my feet driving and my head up,” said Bibbs.
The touchdown would hold up as the Tigers sealed the victory to earn a share of the Southwest Prairie Championship.
Player of the game: Kapri Bibbs, RB, Plainfield North. Bibbs made a case for himself for player of the year with Friday night’s performance. The senior running back carried the rock 54 times for over 400 yards and five rushing touchdowns. He threw for a score as well.
Stat of the game: Plainfield South was held under 44 points for the first time all season.
It was over when… Austin Howarth and the Cougars offense could not convert on a fourth-and-10 trailing by eight points late in the fourth quarter.
Quote of the night: “People like to talk about how great their offense is…well our offense showed we’re not too bad either.” -- Plainfield North coach Tim Kane