Sunday, December 1, 2013
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In 2A, Newman Central Catholic scored with 1:06 remaining to make it 40-13 over Staunton. They couldn't take a knee? Naperville Central did in the final minute against Loyola. I thought that was much classier.
In 3A it was Stillman Valley over St. Joseph-Ogden, 43-41, in overtime, in possibly the best game of the weekend.
In 4A Rochester coach Derek Leonard, above right, won his fourth consecutive title as Rochester defeated Geneseo, 16-8.
Meanwhile, in 5A, Ken Leonard, above left, captured his fourth state crown as Sacred Heart-Griffin beat Montini, 38-28.
The Leonards became the first father-son duo to win a state championship in the same weekend.
In 6A Batavia avenged its earlier loss to Richards, 34-14, and Mount Carmel blanked Lake Zurich, 30-0.
Finally, Naperville Central won the 8A crown over Loyola, 13-10. The Redhawks had lost three straight to DuPage Valley rivals Wheaton Warrenville South, Glenbard North and Wheaton North. And in the final, the offense didn't score a touchdown. When was the last time that happened?
My final tally for the playoffs was a dismal -9 after going -2 in the final weekend. (Even my fiendish plan didn't help.) Here's how I did:
1A: Lena-Winslow over Tri-Valley +1
2A: Staunton over Newman Central -1
3A: Stillman Valley over St. Joseph-Ogden +1
4A: Geneseo over Rochester -1
5A: Montini over Sacred Heart-Griffin -1
6A: Richards over Batavia -1
7A: Mount Carmel over Lake Zurich +1
8A: Loyola over Naperville Central -1
And here are the 37 teams I saw in 26 games this year (in alphabetical order):
De La Salle
Wheaton Warrenville South
It was a great season!