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Oswego finishes off perfect Southwest Prairie schedule

Though Plainfield Central had a playoff spot locked up and no hopes for the Southwest Prairie Conference title, Wildcats coach John Jackson insisted his team didn’t come out flat in its visit Friday to Oswego — despite spotting the Panthers two early touchdowns.

“You play to win the game, to quote the great Herman Edwards,” Jackson said, in reference to an infamous press conference given by the former New York Jets coach. “Flat wasn’t anything I expected. I didn’t think we were flat.”

But he did go as far as saying the Wildcats (6-3, 4-3) were unprepared, and Oswego took advantage of it early and often.

The Panthers (8-1, 7-0) raced out to a 21-0 halftime advantage en route to a Southwest Prairie conference title-clinching 42-13 rout.

“We weren’t really mentally prepared for this,” Jackson said. “Let’s give some credit to Oswego. They wanted to put a statement on their season and they did.

“We’re gonna be all right. We’re fine. We showed some signs, but you can’t spot a good team two touchdowns, and that’s what has killed us in our three losses.”

Central’s first mistake, a fumble on its own 34-yard line, came just three plays into the game. Oswego took advantage with a three-play drive that ended improbably — with senior quarterback Brett Wawright finding Elliot McGaughy for a 25-yard completion, McGaughy fumbling, and wideout Jack Kwiatkowski scooping up the ball and taking it the final six yards to the end zone.

With 4:03 left in the second quarter, Oswego’s Jamal Richardson made his first of two interceptions on the night, setting up a 32-yard touchdown run by Bryce Holm at the 3:21 mark.

After the Wildcats went three-and-out, Mickeel Stewart took a screen pass from Wawright 38 yards for another score and a 21-0 halftime lead.

The Wildcats offense struggled, putting up fewer yards (70) through three quarters than were given to them via Panther penalties (78).

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