Updated: October 14, 2012 10:09PM
Oswego wideout Jack Kwiatkowski scored three first half touchdowns while the Panthers defense nearly matched that with two scores of its own in a convincing 52-7 victory over host Plainfield South in Southwest Prairie Conference action Friday night.
Kwiatkowski (6 catches, 137 yards, 3 TDs), Mickeel Stewart (20 rushes, 84 yards, TD) and Brett Wainwright (3 of 7, 86 yards, 2 TDs) paced the Panthers, while running back Johnathan Kosirog (9 rushes, 41 yards) led Plainfield South.
“Credit South for stopping the run, but I told coach they are manning me and then Brett (Wainwright) and Steve (Frank) threw me great passes all night,” Kwiatkowski said.
After last week’s emotional and pivotal victory over Plainfield North, a letdown against the Cougars would be understandable, but the Panthers and coach Brian Cooney never let that happen.
“We talked about not having a letdown this week and the team responded and came out and took care of business,” Cooney said.
Oswego (7-1, 6-0) looked sharp on its first offensive series of the game. Kwiatkowski capped the 12-play, 81-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown grab from Steve Frank for a 7-0 lead with 3:14 left in the opening quarter.
“Our goal was to get away from a letdown after last week,” Kwiatkowski said. “We never look past anybody. South is a solid team and we just try to go 1-0 each week.”
Stewart’s 26-yard touchdown run extended the lead to 14-0 with 8:57 left in the half. Kwiatkowski’s 38-yard over-the-shoulder touchdown grab pushed it to 20-0 with 6:40 left in the half.
Three plays later, Oswego’s Tyler Walsh intercepted Ricky Luna and ran it back 35 yards for the score and a 26-0 lead.
“I have visions of doing that before so it was great that it actually happened,” Walsh said.
Kwiatkowski’s 6-yard touchdown grab made it 32-0 with under a minute left. Then Jamaal Richardson ran back an 80-yard interception for a touchdown in the closing seconds to make it 39-0 at half.
“We want to win the conference outright and not have to share it,” Cooney said. “We’re going to prep this week like it’s a playoff game.”
Oswego outgained the Cougars 282-87 yards in the first half and had a running clock throughout most of the second half.
Plainfield South (3-5, 2-4) never seemed to be in rhythm on offense throughout the night and never got much of an attack going against the Panthers defense.
“Oswego is a great team and we knew coming in that we couldn’t give them any opportunities and we did that tonight,” Plainfield South coach Ken Bublitz said.