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.
Lemont's Ethan Pocic and Tim McAuliffe are, in the evaluation of recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network, "the two best linemen on any one team in Illinois this year."
Sometime before Saturday's rematch in the Class 8A quarterfinals, Neuqua Valley's Joey Rhattigan and Waubonsie Valley's Austin Guido will exchange text messages.
Northern Illinois 48, Western Michigan 34
CHAMPAIGN If there is one positive Illini fans can take away from the teams 35-7 loss to Penn State, it's quarterback Nathan Scheelhaases four quarters of football.