Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
Friday's homecoming game surely didn't play out as the fans of Plum hoped.
The game ended in a 17-7 loss to Quad Central opponent Canon-McMillan and was marred by a fight in the fourth quarter. Senior Canon-McMillan linebacker Alec Rideout was ejected along with Plum senior offensive tackle Dante Palmieri.
“From my viewpoint, (Rideout) swung on (Palmieri), and (Palmieri) swung back and retaliated, and that turned into what the big scuffle was,” Plum coach Matt Morgan said.
“I had to run out onto the field because no one was stopping it. The refs weren't stopping it.”
The fight occurred after Mustangs running back Nathan Turchick scored on a 1-yard plunge. Rideout and Palmieri will be suspended for one game.
Hopes of a comeback followed for Plum (0-5, 0-5). The Mustangs got the ball back at their 36, and quarterback Will Fuhrer moved the ball through the air all the way to the Canon-McMillan 14, before a false start penalty and a sack pushed Plum out of field-goal range.
A dropped touchdown pass on fourth down sealed the first win of the year for Canon-McMillan (1-4, 1-3).
“We practiced hard this week,” Canon-McMillan coach Ron Coder said. “The kids worked hard, and I'm glad we got this win for them.
“It builds confidence for them going into next week. I'm disappointed how we played down in that melee down there, but overall I was pleased with our performance.”
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