The Oswego Panthers varsity football team shut out conference opponent Plainfield Central 35-0 in a rainy battle last Friday night. Senior running back Charles Coleman and senior wide receiver Jamal Fomby Jr. led the charge for the Panthers, scoring all of the touchdowns in the game.
Plainfield Central and Oswego kept the same pace throughout the first quarter as the Panthers and Wildcats traded possessions to start the game.
Eventually, Fomby broke through past halfway through first quarter with a 27-yard catch and run touchdown from senior quarterback Noah Parker—the first touchdown of the year for the Panthers.
Coleman would be the next Panther to hit the endzone as he broke free from his own 17-yard line on a draw play, and would go on to carve up the second level of the Wildcat defense before torching the Central secondary for an 83-yard touchdown run. Coleman would also add on an 8-yard touchdown run to cap off a drive led by Parker near the end of the second quarter.
To open the second half, Fomby took the opening kickoff 93 yards to the house to go up 21-0. Fomby would finish the day with two touchdowns and 166 all-purpose yards.
Coleman would be heard from once again as he capped off another drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. After Coleman’s third touchdown, he would not play the rest game and would finish with 143 rushing yards.
“We expect big things from both as seniors,” Brian Cooney, head coach for the Panthers, said about Coleman and Fomby. “Week one, and met that expectation.”
Oswego looks to move to 2-0 as they travel to Minooka to take on the Indians Friday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m.
This is my third year as a part of 42Fifty. I have served as Sports Editor and Managing Editor prior to this year. I am the play by play announcer for underclassmen sports here at OHS, and the color commentator for the varsity football and both varsity basketball teams. I also announce for the NFHS Network throughout the football and basketball playoffs.