Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010
By Mike Clark and Steve Tucker
Maine South scores three-peat
CHAMPAIGN -- Call it three the hard way.
Maine South, which started the season with consecutive losses to Schaumburg and Wheaton Warrenville South after 28 consecutive victories, ended it the same way it finished the last two years, with a Class 8A championship after the Hawks defeated Mount Carmel 28-7 Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
"It feels like a real long time ago the 0-2 start," Maine South coach Dave Inserra said. "I'd like to forget it. The kids, the team and the coaches came together. Three in a row, I'd like to say that is for myself, coach Rich Magsamen and coach Charlie Bliss. We've been together a long time."
Maine South (12-2) overcame a shaky start with a strong defense and a high-powered offense that came alive.
It is the first time since East St. Louis in 1983-85, a team won three consecutive titles in the largest class.
Wheaton Warrenville South completes the "perfect" season
CHAMPAIGN -- Wheaton Warrenville South hasn't been down like this for a long time.
The Tigers were missing two of their top three receivers and trailed Lake Zurich by four points early in the fourth quarter of Saturday night's Class 7A state championship game at Memorial Stadium.
But WW South shook off that adversity the way Reilly O'Toole, Matt Rogers and Titus Davis shed tacklers en route to the Tigers' 28-17 comeback win over Lake Zurich.
The Tigers (14-0) pushed their winning streak to 26 games in winning their second consecutive state title and the school's seventh. Lake Zurich, which beat the Tigers in the 7A final in 2007, finished 12-2.
WW South's closest game this season before Saturday was a 28-7 win over Hinsdale Central in Week 1. This was more reminiscent of the 2009 state final, in which the Tigers beat Glenbard West in double overtime.
The Westerkamp's lead Montini to Class 5A Title
CHAMPAIGN -- The hits just kept on coming for Montini late in the first quarter Saturday morning.
So too, did the turnovers, and then the touchdowns, as the Broncos built a big lead and cruised home with a 34-21 win over Chatham Glenwood in the Class 5A state championship at Memorial Stadium.
It was the second consecutive state title for the Broncos and the third overall, all in the past seven seasons.
Three times in a span of 82 seconds, Montini forced a Glenwood fumble. The Broncos converted two of them into short touchdown drives to take a 21-0 lead with 39 seconds left in the first quarter.
"The turnovers really got us going," Montini coach Chris Andriano said. "It seemed like every time we hit them hard, boom, it came out."
"Sometimes things just go your way and that's what it felt like all day today," said defensive end Zech Tredenick, who had four sacks among six tackles for loss.
Rockford Boylan capitalizes on turnovers to capture 6A crown
CHAMPAIGN -- Marmion senior running backdefensive back Nick Scoliere addressed his teammates on the field after the Class 6A title game about what I am going to remember in 20 years.
The Cadets started fast and were within eight at halftime, but four fumbles and two interceptions were critical as Marmion fell to Rockford Boylan 48-19 in the Class 6A championship Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
"Since last December, I wanted to be down here eating turkey on Thanksgiving, and we did," Scoliere said. "We knew this year could be special. We got close. We just didn't win it."
"I knew when these kids came from 21 points down to tie Class 5A winner Montini that they had heart," Marmion coach Dan Thorpe said. "In the locker room at halftime, all the kids believed that good things can happen when you have athleticism and a little heart."
The Cadets (12-2) got the first break when Mike Shares recovered a fumble at his 20. They followed with a nine-play, 80 yard drive capped by a 13-yard scoring run by Stuart Quinn. The kick made it 7-0. Boylan (14-0) marched 77 yards and tied the game with 1:21 to play in the first quarter on a 21-yard run by Frank Cimino.