Northwest Illinois Provides 1A-2A Punch at IHSA State Football Championship
Le-Win Panther Tyler Oakley (#24) is hoisted up by teammate Brendan Berens (#55) after scoring a TD during Friday mornings IHSA Class 1A state football title game in DeKalb. Tyler ran the ball twenty five times for eighty three yards and scored three times in the Panthers 28-21 win. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Panthers Are Class 1A State Champs
The Lena-Winslow Panthers offense got off to a slow start in Friday morning’s IHSA Class 1A football state title game but came roaring back to take the 28-21 victory against the Downs (Tri-Valley) Vikings at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.
The Panthers managed only thirty four yards of offense in the first half, yet trailed by a mere seven points.
A pair of Tyler Oakley fumble recoveries accounted for Le-Win’s first half points. The first he returned sixty yards for the score and the second was returned sixty five yards for his second TD.
The Vikings scored on a three yard first quarter run by Caleb Wilson. Wilson again found the end zone in quarter two from thirty six yards out. Tri-Valley’s third score came on a seventeen yard run by Peyton Roop to put the Vikings up twenty one to fourteen at the half.
The Panthers struck first in the third quarter as QB Ben Moest scored on a one yard run and two and a half minutes later Oakley scampered in from two yards out.
Oakley led the Panther rushing game with eighty three yards on twenty five carries while teammate Brendan Eilders added twenty eight yards on seven touches. Moest completed three of five pass attempts for forty six yards. Wilson led the Vikings with one hundred fifty yards on twenty carries. Hank Holm led the Panther defense with thirteen tackles and Luke Schubert added ten.
The members of the 2013 Le-Win Panthers hoist their championship trophy after defeating the Downs (Tri-Valley) Vikings 28-21 to claim the IHSA Class 1A title. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Comets Crush Bulldogs
Sterling Newman’s Mike Ely, Jakob Vetter and A.J. Sharp hoist their IHSA Class 2A championship trophy on the presentation stand after defeating the Staunton Bulldogs 40-13 on Friday at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.
(PA photo/Craig Lang)
The Sterling Newman Comets claimed their third IHSA Class 2A state football title in the past nine seasons as they dominated the Staunton Bulldogs 40-13 on Friday in DeKalb.
Newman won with their pounding ground game, racking up four hundred twenty five rushing yards and their dominating defense, limiting a potent Staunton offense to a mere thirteen yards rushing, a new 2A state record.
Sterling Newman scored first as running back Jake Snow found the end zone from fifty one yards out. The two point conversion failed and the Comets led six to nothing.
Staunton’s Marcus Sitko ran the football in from a yard out and the extra point kick put the Bulldogs up seven to six.
Snow again found the end zone as he scored from fifteen yards out and the two point conversion again failed to give the Comets a twelve to seven lead they would not relinquish.
Dillan Heffelfinger scored the first Newman TD of the second quarter as he went in from twenty seven yards out and Newman led twenty to seven.
The Bulldogs found the end zone for their final time in quarter two as QB Jake Bruhn hit Sitko for a thirty four yard TD pass.
Brady Rude then scored for the Comets on a one yard run before Heffelfinger scored again on a twenty seven yard run. The Comets scoring was capped off by a two yard TD run by Elliot Jensen.
The Newman offense was led by Snow’s one hundred seventy two yards on seventeen carries and two TD’s. Teammate Heffelfinger added one hundred fifty five yards on nineteen carries and two scores.
The victorious Sterling Newman Comets let everyone know they are number #1 after Friday’s IHSA Class 2A state title game in DeKalb. The Comets defeated Staunton 40-13 to capture their third 2A state title in the past nine years. (PA photo/Craig Lang).
The Comet defense was led by co-captain Mike Ely’s twelve tackles. J.P. Neisewander and Mac Olson each added a half dozen tackles.
IHSA State Football Finals
At Huskie Stadium, DeKalb
Le-Win 28 Downs (Tri Valley) 21
Sterling Newman 40 Staunton 13
Stillman Valley 43 St. Joseph (S.J. Ogden) 41 (OT)
Rochester 16 Geneseo 8
Springfield (Sacred Heart Griffin) 38 Lombard (Montini) 28
On Friday, December 6th the West Carroll 7th and 8th grade Middle School Boys Basketball teams will be recognized during the West Carroll High School vs. East Dubuque game at West Carroll Middle School. All players will get FREE admission to the game. The players and coaches will be announced after the conclusion of the Fresh-Soph game at around 7 p.m.
The Comets Brady Rude (#35) runs the football as Mercer County’s A.J. Line (#81) goes for the tackle. Brady and the Comets shut out the Golden Eagles 14-0 to earn a trip to DeKalb to play Staunton in the IHSA Class 2A state football championship game Friday at 1 p.m. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Panthers Top Chicago Leo
The Le-Win Panthers got off to a fast start on Saturday’s IHSA Class 1A state football semifinal game in Lena and never looked back as they earned a trip to DeKalb with the 45-22 victory.
Le-Win struck first in the first quarter with a sixteen yard TD run by Jace Olson. An interception by Colton Drye led to a Hank Holm two yard touchdown run and the Panthers led thirteen to nothing in the opening quarter.
From there it was the Tyler Oakley show as the senior running back took the football seventy seven yards for Le-Win’s third score. The Leo Lions defense had no answer in stopping him as he piled up the yardage. Oakley finished the game with three hundred six yards of rushing offense and three scores.
The Lions scored all of their twenty two points in the final quarter but the damage was already done.
The Panthers (10-3) move on to play the Vikings from Downs (Tri-Valley) (13-0) in the Class 1A state title game Friday morning at 10 a.m. at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.
IHSA State Football Semifinals
Le-Win 45 Chicago Leo 22
Downs (Tri-Valley) 14 Maroa-Forsyth 6
Sterling Newman 14 Aledo (Mercer County) 0
Staunton 32 Auburn 28
St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden) 44 Greenville 21
Stillman Valley 28 Aurora Christian 26
Geneseo 35 Rockford Lutheran 21
Rochester 46 Rock Island Alleman 21
Lombard (Montini) 42 Sycamore 20
Springfield (Sacred Heart Griffin) 44 Washington 14