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Plano sneaks by St. Joe

Plano sneaks by St. Joe

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Nick Nasti and Luis Alvarado each scored three touchdowns and Plano rushed for a Class 3A title game record 532 yards on the way to a 47-42 victory over St. Joseph-Ogden and its first-ever state championship Friday night.

Plano had to mount a late drive to get the victory after St. Joseph-Ogden rallied from a three-touchdown deficit to take a 42-41 lead with 3:09 to go. The Reapers took the ball after a touchback and marched 80 yards to the winning score in just six plays, with Alvarado running up the middle for the final 33.

Plano rushed for 532 yards on 60 attempts to shatter the old 3A title game record of 525 rushing yards set by Kankakee McNamara against Stanford Olympia in 1985. The two teams set a new state championship game record by combining for 938 yards of total offense, breaking the old mark of 914 yards set in the 1998 Class 6A title game by Wheaton-Warrenville South and Barrington.

Nasti finished with 202 yards on 21 carries, while Alvarado carried 13 times for 175 yards. Jared Ferguson also had 12 carries for 129 yards for the Reapers, who were in the title game for the first time.

Mark Gones scored on touchdown runs of 69 and 4 yards for St. Joseph-Ogden, which lost in the title game for the fourth time in four tries. Lukas Graves caught nine passes for 211 yards, including touchdowns of 13 and 45 yards.

After Plano took a 28-7 lead with 1:06 to go in the first half, St. Joseph-Ogden put together a 5-play, 55-yard drive to close the gap to two touchdowns with 23 seconds to go.

The Trojans then took the second-half kickoff and marched 73 yards for a score with Isiah Olson finding Jc Ducey from 11 yards out to close to within 28-21. Olson completed 19-of-28 for 265 yards and three TDs.

After Nasti’s 72-yard TD run made the score 35-21, St. Joseph-Ogden battled back again, tying the score on a 45-yard halfback pass from Gones to Graves.

Nasti scored on a 44 yard run on Plano’s next possession, but Kevin Jernigan’s extra point was blocked and St. Joseph-Ogden trailed by only six. The Trojans marched 55 yards in seven plays with Gones going over from 4 yards out to give them their first lead of the game with just 3:09 left.

Gones finished with 15 carries for 103 yards for St. Joseph-Ogden.

Plano scored on its first two possessions of the game, with Jared Ferguson scoring from 43 yards out and Nasti catching a 10-yard pass from Brook Bott.

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