PLAINFIELD, Ill. -- The Minooka Indians thought they had won the game after kicker Jason Lizalek’s extra point sailed through the uprights in overtime against the Plainfield North Tigers. However, a dead-ball penalty forced the celebrating Indians back to the sidelines and Lizalek once again had to make the conversion. He did, and the Indians defeated the host Tigers 35-34 in a thrilling overtime battle between Southwest Prairie Conference foes. The Tigers missed their extra point to start the extra session.
“You have a job to do and you just go out there and do it,” Lizalek said.
The night did not start off great for Minooka, as Plainfield North running back Kapri Bibbs sparked the capacity crowd on the game’s first play. Bibbs broke a 79-yard touchdown run just seconds into the game, picking up right where he left off after last week’s near record-setting 520-yard, seven touchdown performance.
But the Indians responded, thanks to the efficient play of senior quarterback Mitch Brozovich. Brozovich finished the game with 171 total yards and a touchdown, but his biggest contributions came in crucial situations.
Time and time again Brozovich and his running back trio of Kyle Banks (42 yards, TD), Kalvin Hill (122 yards, 2 TDs) and Taylor Salazar (21 yards, 2 TDs) converted on key downs, keeping the ball away from Bibbs and the Tigers.
“Offensively we knew we were going to have to step up and make plays,” said Brozovich. “They have such an explosive offense, we had to keep them off the field.”
Bibbs finished with 206 yards on 33 carries, a mediocre night by his other-worldly standards. In the end, however, it was an unlikely hero who propelled the Indians to victory.
“This was my first game-winning field goal,” Lizalek added. “And it feels pretty good.”
Player of the game: Brozovich, with a lot of help from his trio of running backs
Stat of the game: 7. That’s the number of plays the Tigers ran in the second quarter, a testament to the steadiness of the Minooka offense.
It was over when… Lizalek’s second point-after sailed through the uprights.
Quote of the night: “Our offense was more physical than their defense.” Brozovich, on how his team was able to move the ball so effectively.