MINONK - Fieldcrest was limited to 95 yards of total offense and turned the ball over five times in a 40-0 loss to West Carroll Saturday afternoon in the first round of the two A playoffs at Veteran's Park.
WC (7-3) turned four of the miscues into a total of 26 points. The Knights (7-3) threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles.
"We made too many mistakes," said Fieldcrest coach Derek Schneeman. "A couple of turnovers were in the red zone. You cannot have those."
Thunder quarterback Kody Plattenberger threw a pair of touchdowns and ran in one, as WC amassed 342 yards of total offense. Kaleb Plattenberger finished with 91 yards on 21 carries.
Trailing 16-0, Fieldcrest took the opening drive of the second half and marched down to the WC 18. A Cameron Grandy pass was intercepted by Jacob Dunk, his second of the game, inside the 10. The Thunder later converted a fake punt on a fourth-and-five at their own 49 to keep the drive alive and eventually got into the end zone to up the lead to three scores.
Grandy completed nine of 15 passes for 72 yards, but threw two picks. Jaxon Cusac-McKay had three receptions for 36 yards.
The Knights were shut out for the first time since week eight of the 2016 season, a 54-0 setback to host Tri-Valley.
Notes: Light snow flakes began to fall midway through the fourth quarter. WC advances to the second round next weekend where they will host Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (10-0).
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