(5) Oswego (9-1) punched their ticket to the second round of IHSA 8A football playoffs with a 42-8 victory over (28) Elgin (5-5) on Friday night. The Panthers utilized a balanced offensive attack and a dominating defense to stifle the Maroons, and cruise to victory.
Oswego (8-1) and Minooka (9-0) faced off in a football game that would decide the champion of the Southwest Prairie Conference this past Friday. The Panthers dominated the conference over the last decade, but their unprecedented stretch came to an end on Friday, with a 28-21 Indian victory.
Oswego High School (7-0, 3-0) took on its rival from down Wolf’s Crossing, Oswego East (4-3, 0-3), in the 15th annual Crosstown Game. The Panthers came in looking to stay undefeated in both the season and the all-time series against the Wolves. Oswego played a complete game on both sides of the football, winning 14-3.
Just hours removed from the saddening news, the Panthers (3-0) took to the gridiron to take on Plainfield South (1-2), where the Panthers would defeat the visiting Cougars 34-6.
The Oswego Panthers varsity team opened up its football season on Friday when it played and defeated Plainfield Central 42-3. The offensive attack was lead by junior first year starting quarterback Cole Pradel, who threw for 167 yards and two touchdowns in just two quarters of play. Senior running back Charles Laird also was a major contributor to the offense, cashing in three touchdowns.