By Ryan Ostry
Staff Reporter 

Despite first round playoff loss, Plainfield North has successful run under Imbordino

 

Last updated 11/6/2019 at 3:17pm

Ryan Ostry

Plainfield North quarterback Adam Smith gets chased down by Fremd Viking defender in tough loss.

In a complete turnaround from its 2018 season where Plainfield North finished 4-5, the Tigers rebounded and went (6-3, 5-2) in the 2019 regular season.

Unfortunately for first year head coach Anthony Imbordino, that wasn't enough.

The Tigers season came to a close last Friday night when they took on the Fremd Vikings with a 19-0 defeat.

"We just had a lot of missed opportunities, they're a really good football team and their record shows that," Imbordino said. "We had a great senior group who set the standard for the juniors and sophomores, but our defense will be returning nine starters and our sophomores went 9-0 so we're really excited about the future here at Plainfield North."

Although the Tigers held the Vikings scoreless in the first quarter, a couple of touchdown runs by Vikings junior quarterback Ryan Saxe put the Tigers in a 13-0 deficit going into halftime, and the Vikings never looked back.

On a season that had promising hopes from the start with a 4-0 record outscoring their opponents 168-20, the Tigers went just 2-4 in the final six games to close out the season.

The Tigers were led by D-I product senior wide receiver Marcellus Moore (7 catches, 40 yards) who will be taking his talents to Purdue University, and senior wide receiver Jaylon Tillman (2 catches, 16 yards) who is still deciding on who his future team will be.


"It means the world to me to be a Tiger," Moore said. "I have so much pride in my school and my community so it's been awesome to be a part of this."

With the departure of Moore and Tillman, the Tigers will lean heavily on quarterback Adam Smith (11-for-17, 103 yards) who will be a senior in the 2020 season.

"We have a lot of talent here and the future is really bright for Plainfield North," Moore said. "Now that Adam has some confidence behind him and some experience he will be awesome for the Tigers next year."

Vikings shut out the Tigers Friday night in Palatine.

 

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