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Sports

Football: Reapers hope to go out on Senior Night high

If anything, it’s one last time in front of the home crowd.

Plano’s season has not quite gone as planned.

The Reapers (1-6) have lost their last five games, and will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Head coach Brad Kunz hopes they can go out on a good note, and it starts with this week’s home finale with Reed-Custer.

“It’s crazy how fast the season has gone,” Kunz said. “Obviously there are things you wish you could take back and do differently and you cannot. Now you’re sitting here with Senior Night, you have two games left and you want the seniors to be able to make the best with what they have left.”

Despite their struggles, Kunz hasn’t noticed a let-up in commitment.

“I think they’re still having fun and working hard and glad to be back,” Kunz said. “It will definitely be a different Senior Night than we’ve had the six years, but this group is still a special group.”

The Reapers come off a disappointing 29-7 home loss to Streator. In that game, Plano actually out-gained its opponent in yards 262-203, but lost six turnovers and committed 11 penalties.

“We had a 46-yard screen that went for a touchdown called back because of a penalty, and we started the game inside the 5-yard line with a holding and a false start,” Kunz said. “I don’t know how we keep putting ourselves in these positions. But however it happens, guys continue to battle. We have to stop shooting ourselves in the foot.”

Junior quarterback Bryson Schmidt, in his most extended snaps of the season, was 6-for-11 for 109 yards and also ran it 10 times for 38 yards. Mauricio Perez ran for 73 yards and a touchdown.

“We went to a power option game that allows us to run the quarterback,” Kunz said. “It seemed like running the ball with Bryson was the only thing that was going right. He got into a rhythm and we let it roll.”

Reed-Custer (2-5) comes off a 54-21 loss to Wilmington.

“They’ve been kind of up and down, but they have a good running game. Their fullback is pretty big, so we have to be able to tackle him,” Kunz said. “Hopefully we can stop their offense and give our offense a chance to do some things.”

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