I used to enjoy covering the state high school football championships at Illinois State's Hancock Stadium in Normal and at Illinois' Memorial Stadium in Champaign.
Class 1A State Title: Maroa-Forsyth 48, Stockton 24
Class 2A State Final: Mercer County 14, Althoff 7
Class 3A State Final: Aurora Christian 42, Tolono Unity 12
The Class 5A championship is all about teams that know how to win, and win and win some more. Montini has won four state titles since 2004, the last three in a row.
It's the reward for all the hours spent in the weight room in March. Or the prize for battling through two-a-days in 95-degree August heat.
How about a backfield with quarterback Otto Graham, halfbacks Red Grange and Buddy Young and fullback Mike Alstott?