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Illinois high school football championships Friday recap

Sacred Heart-Griffin coach Leonard’s caps career with title

By Mike Carpinelli

Four state champions were crowned on Friday in Champaign and four more will be coronated on Saturday. 

Here is a quick look at Friday's action:

Class 1A: Lena-Winslow defeated Camp Point Central 30-8

Lena-Winslow won its third consecutive Illinois Class 1A state title on Friday. After Lena-Winslow took a 16-0 lead into the half, Camp Point Central looked to be gaining some momentum but both teams were held scoreless in the third quarter. The Panthers scored twice before finally allowing a Crown Point Central touchdown in the last minute of the game to make it 30-8.

Player of the Game: Gage Dunker led the charge for the Panthers with three touchdowns and aso snagged an interception on defense.

Class 2A: St. Teresa defeated Tri-Valley 29-22

St. Teresa capped off its perfect season with a Class 2A state championship. The Bulldogs scored twice on fourth down during the second half and with one final chance from inside St. Teresa’s 30 yard line, Tri-Valley’s pass attempt to force overtime (pending the extra point) was batted to the ground. St. Teresa celebrated its first championship since 1979.

Player of the Game: Tri-Valley running back Blake Regenold set a state record with 43 carries in a title game and turned those carries into 215 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Class 3A: IC Catholic defeated Williamsville 48-17

WIlliamsville came out of the gate hot as they took a 10-0 lead at the beginning of the second quarter. The Knights were able to adjust and rallied for 13 straight points to end the quarter to take a 13-10 lead into halftime. The second half was a different story as the Knights dominated, scoring another 35 unanswered points to take control. It was 48-10 midway through the fourth quarter before Williamsville scored again to make it 48-17.

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After a loss in Week 2, IC Catholic finished the season with 12 straight wins en route to their second state title in the past five seasons.

Player of the Game: Junior quarterback Dennis Mandala, a 3A all-state selection, was the star for IC as he threw four touchdown passes, including two to KJ Parker, and rushed for another score.

Class 4A: Sacred Heart-Griffin defeated Providence Catholic 44-20

In the final game of Sacred Heart-Griffin head coach Ken Leonard’s 43rd season, the Cyclones got the job done with a convincing victory. Providence Catholic kept it close in the first half, but it was all Cyclones from that point on as they scored 23 second half points and limited the Celtics to just one second half touchdown with 7 minutes to play to make it a 44-20 final.

Leonard finishes his coaching career with a 419-81 record (the most wins in state history) in 500 games.

Player(s) of the Game: Tyaire Lott, the Cyclones’ standout senior quarterback, threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns, while running back Richard Jackson rushed for 112 yards and a score, and Bill Sanders rushed for 100 yards and two TDs and added a receiving touchdown. 

Check out the Illinois high school football playoff brackets here: Class 8A | Class 7A | Class 6A | Class 5A | Class 4A | Class 3A | Class 2A | Class 1A

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