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Plainfield drops Columbus North 34-32 in football season opener
August 24, 2013Columbus North High School
COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Sophomore Jacob Maple and senior Josh Miller each accounted for a pair of long touchdowns Friday night (Aug. 23), leading the Plainfield High School football team to a 34-32 season-opening victory over Columbus North.
The host Bull Dogs amassed 502 yards of total offense, but they committed three turnovers while allowing the visiting Quakers to run off repeated big plays en route to the decision.
Individually, Maple ran for 123 yards and 61-yard TD on 17 carries while adding 74 yards on four receptions, including a 58-yard score on a screen pass where he broke multiple tackles. Miller added 107 yards on six carries, including TD bursts of 22 and 76 yards, while senior quarterback Brady Nichols completed 10-of-15 passes for 136 yards and two scores.
Columbus North countered with big numbers, senior QB Michael Vogel accounting for 333 yards of offense -- 158 yards and one TD on 20 rushes as well as 175 yards and three scores on 14-of-33 passing. However, Vogel was intercepted three times, once on his first pass of the game, again early in the second half and a final time with just more than two minutes remaining.
Trailing 10-6 at the half, Plainfield seize control of the game in a 79-second span of the third quarter. First, Maple broke loose for a 61-yard touchdown run with 5:42 to go in the period. Then, after a CN three-and-out possession, Maple took a screen pass in the right flat, eluded several defenders and turned the play into a 58-yard score.
Columbus North tried to get back in the game when Vogel connected with junior Weston Moore on a 47-yard TD pass down the left side with 1:45 left in the quarter. That play was set up by a fumble recovery and return by junior Jacob Hamblin.
However, Plainfield extended its margin when Nichols hit junior Garrett Patton for on a 25-yard fade pattern. CN countered again when Vogel ran around right end for a 34-yard score, but the Quakers answered immediately, Miller bursting through the line and dashing for a 76-yard touchdown.
The Bull Dogs closed their deficit over the final 3:14. CN senior Logan Lunsford tackled Plainfield junior Tristan Southwood in the end zone for a safety, and Vogel followed with a 21-yard TD pass to junior Clay Roberts in the game's waning moments.
The late Columbus North rally was not enough as they dropped their season-opener for the third consecutive season.
Miller opened the scoring when he broke free for a 22-yard touchdown with 8:05 to go in the first quarter. Columbus North countered with a 20-yard field goal by junior Collin Ebel late in the first quarter, and the Bull Dogs took a 10-6 lead just before the half when Vogel passed 10 yards to Moore.
Columbus North had a chance to extend its lead with the first possession of the third quarter, but its initial drive of the period stalled after nine plays and Plainfield then took command with the two touchdowns in the 79-second span.
At Columbus North
Plainfield .................... 6 0 14 14 -- 34
Columbus North ......... 3 7 7 15 -- 32
P -- Josh Miller 22 run (run failed), 8:05 1Q
CN -- FG Collin Ebel 20, 0:59 1Q
CN -- Weston Moore 10 pass from Michael Vogel (Collin Ebel kick), 0:05 2Q
P -- Jacob Maple 61 run (Morgan Hagee kick), 5:42 3Q
P -- Jacob Maple 58 pass from Brady Nichols (Morgan Hagee kick), 4:23 3Q
CN -- Weston Moore 47 pass from Michael Vogel (Collin Ebel kick), 1:45 3Q
P -- Garrett Patton 25 pass from Brady Nichols (Morgan Hagee kick), 10:37 4Q
CN -- Michael Vogel 34 run (kick failed), 7:00 4Q
P -- Josh Miller 76 run (Morgan Hagee kick), 5:54 4Q
CN -- Safety, CN's Logan Lunsford tackled Plainfield's Tristan Southwood in end zone, 3:14 4Q
CN -- Clay Roberts 21 pass from Michael Vogel (Collin Ebel kick), 0:03 4Q
Team Statistics CN P
First downs .......................27 12
Rushes-yards .................56-327 29-229
Passing yards ..................175 136
Comp-Att-Int ................ 14-33-3 10-15-0
Total yards ...................... 502 365
Fumbles-Lost ...................0-0 2-1
Punts-Average ................4-30.8 5-41.4
Penalties-Yards .............. 5-30 4-45
Rushing -- Columbus North: Michael Vogel 20-158, Kaleb Steele 20-95, Tyler Wang 8-44, Jonathan Byers 6-26, Barrett Branum 2-4. Plainfield: Jacob Maple 17-123, Josh Miller 6-107, Drew Thomas 3-2, Tristan Southwood 1-(-1), Brady Nichols 2-(-2).
Passing -- Columbus North: Michael Vogel 14-33-3, 175 yards. Plainfield: Brady Nichols 10-15-0, 136 yards.
Receiving -- Columbus North: Weston Moore 5-93, Jonathan Byers 4-30, Jared Newkirk 3-29, Clay Roberts 1-21, Drew Schoeberl 1-2. Plainfield: Jacob Maple 4-74, Garrett Patton 4-42, James Mayberry 1-10,
Hunter Smith 1-9.
Missed Field Goals -- Columbus North: None. Plainfield: None.