Record-breaking Bibbs leads Plainfield North
BY MIKE KNAPP -- FOR THE BEACON-NEWS
Knowing what a team is planning on doing is one thing, stopping it is the other.
Everybody at Ken Pickerill Stadium Friday night knew Oswego quarterback Ryan West was going to throw the ball, while Plainfield North running back Kapri Bibbs was going to carry it. Both of them lit up the scoreboard but the Tiger tailback made one more big play as North picked up a 49-43 win in a matchup of teams unbeaten in Southwest Prairie Conference play.
Bibbs, who is headed to Colorado State next season, had one of the greatest individual performances in state history, carrying the ball 39 times for a state-record 520 yards and seven touchdowns. He became the first player in state history to break the 500-yard barrier and eclipsed the record of 498 yards set in 1986 by Billy McClure of downstate Maroa-Forsyth.
After racking up 215 yards in the first half, Bibbs scored on runs of 55, 73 and 71 yards in the third quarter, the last of which put North (5-1, 3-0) up 42-28 with 4:33 to play in the third quarter.
But West, the Panthers' junior quarterback, was up to the challenge, completing 38 of his 58 passes for 409 yards and five scores.
North held a 49-35 lead when Bibbs scored his final touchdown with 6:43 to go, but West quickly led the Panthers down the field, completing an 11-yard pass to Josh Mapalo (6 catches, 79 yards) and the two-point conversion to John Hugunin to cut the lead to 49-43 to play.
The Panthers (3-3, 3-1) recovered the ensuing onside kick, but was flagged for being offsides. Bibbs ran the ball eight consecutive times but the Tigers gave the ball over on downs at the Oswego 20 with 1:13 to go in the game.
West completed one pass for a Panther first down, but misfired three straight times before being sacked on fourth down with 35 seconds to play.
West also rushed for 74 yards on 13 plays to give him 483 total yards on the night. Brandon Lang led the ground game for Oswego with 138 yards on 11 carries, including a 64-yard run in the third quarter. Jack Kwiatkowski caught 13 passes for 153 yards for Oswego, while Matt Schimek and Parker Meek caught six passes apiece.
Oswego actually outgained North, 616-564, but gave the ball up on downs three times and lost a fumble.