Naperville Central won the battle of the Redhawks as Marist and Naperville Central struggled all night for control of the game.
Marist held a 21-19 lead with just over one minute remaining in the fourth quarter. Central had already fought their way back from a 21-7 deficit when Redhawks quarterback Jake Kolbe orchestrated the game-winning drive. Central's Mike Kozlow played both ways and recorded six catches for 100 yards while also recording two interceptions in the victory.
The Redhawks will face the Loyola Ramblers at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb next Saturday for the Class 8A state championship.
Contributed by Mark Maxwell