Lincoln-Way West's Connor Lowman (12), Gabe Montalvo (3) and Justin Witt (67) react Nov. 28 after falling to Nazareth Academy in the Class 5A state championship at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. (Lathan Goumas - firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lincoln-Way West went to the state championship for the first time in the team's history, but despite a hard-fought game, came up short.
The Warriors lost the Class 5A state title to Nazareth, 42-21, on Nov. 28 at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.
Nazareth scored 35 points to West's zero in the first half, and despite the Warriors scoring 21 points after halftime, the team couldn't eclipse the Roadrunners.
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Playing in its first state championship football game, Lincoln-Way West failed to convert on third down in its first two possessions.
Whenever a football team is experiencing a historic season, not only for its program but also for its school, the perfect ending is obviously a state championship.
Lincoln-Way West fell to Nazareth Academy, 42-21, in the Class 5A state championship.
Lincoln-Way West won the coin toss and deferred.
A week ago, Lincoln-Way West's defense made several big, early stops, which helped them shut down a Peoria team that was averaging 47 points per contest to record their first-ever quarterfinal win.
The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss discusses Lincoln-Way West's semifinal defeat of Champaign Central on Nov. 21, which secured the team a spot in the state championship.
Lincoln-Way West defeated Champaign Central, 42-14, in the Class 5A semifinal Saturday in Champaign.
Seeking their school’s biggest victory ever not only in their sport but in any sport, Lincoln-Way West’s football team made it clear from the outset of Saturday’s Class 5A quarterfinal home game with Peoria it wasn’t going to be denied.
There are two ways to summarize Joliet Catholic’s 35-21 loss to East Suburban Catholic Conference rival Nazareth in Saturday’s quarterfinal in the Class 5A state football playoffs.
The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss discusses the quarterfinal playoff games for the Joliet Catholic and Lincoln-Way West high school football teams.
Lincoln-Way West defeated Peoria, 40-13, Saturday in New Lenox.
Joliet Catholic Academy fell to Nazareth Academy, 35-21, Saturday in La Grange Park.
Playoff Round 2
Before the high school football season began, Joliet Catholic coach Dan Sharp said the key to the Hilltoppers’ success would be the line play, on both sides of the ball.
Heading into Friday night's Class 3A second-round playoff game with Byron, Wilmington coach Jeff Reents expected a brawl.
In Homer's Iliad, ancient Greek warriors used a Trojan horse to enter and destroy the city-state of Troy.
Lemont’s football team headed into Saturday’s Class 6A second-round playoff game with Crete-Monee looking to add to two impressive runs.
Quarterback Riley Lees threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Libertyville defeated Lincoln-Way East, 27-17, Saturday in the second round of the Class 7A playoffs.
The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss discusses the Round 2 playoff games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.
The Hilltoppers beat the Hurricanes, 47-15, Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Joliet.
Wilmington lost to Byron, 42-35, Saturday at Wilmington.
The Warriors defeated the Knights, 31-7, Saturday at Triad High School in Troy.
The Indians fell to the Warriors, 23-7, Saturday at Lemont High School in Lemont.
Playoff Round 1
Opposing offenses have felt the urge to throw in the direction of Joliet Catholic’s 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior cornerback Riley O’Donnell.
A smothering defense and an efficient offense both were on display for Lincoln-Way East in its Class 7A playoff opener Friday against Jacobs.
Coal City’s spirits were high as kicker Brad Littleton’s 33-yard field goal sailed through the uprights midway through the third quarter.
After being shut out by the vaunted Bolingbrook defense in the first half, DuPage Valley champion Naperville Central made a pivotal halftime adjustment.
Lincoln-Way West junior super sub Cal Pohrte, the quarterback with Connor Lowman nursing a shoulder injury, began the second half by making a mistake.
There are many adjectives to describe Wilmington’s offense Friday in the Wildcats’ 55-13 win over Peoria Heights in the first round of the Class 3A football playoffs.
Two plays do not decide a game.
It’s difficult to say if Lemont is better on offense or on defense after the Indians’ 27-0 romp over Chatham Glenwood in their opening-round Class 6A playoff game on Saturday evening.
Three Plainfield South first-quarter turnovers turned into 17 Barrington first-quarter points.
Minooka’s football team saw its season come to a close Saturday in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs, falling to Huntley, 49-7.
The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss discusses the Round 1 playoff games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.
The Hilltoppers beat the Cougars, 48-29, on Friday at Memorial Stadium in Joliet.
Lincoln-Way East defeated Jacobs, 40-6, on Friday at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort.
Marengo defeated Coal City, 28-10, on Friday at Marengo High School in Marengo.
Lincoln-Way West defeated Dunlap, 35-12, on Saturday at Lincoln-Way West High School in New Lenox.
The Wildcats beat the Patriots, 55-13, on Friday at Wilmington.
Huntley defeated Minooka, 49-7, on Saturday at Huntley High School in Huntley.
Week 9 mattered.
Coming into Friday night’s game against LaSalle-Peru, the Morris football team was playing for pride. The Redskins came in with a 3-5 record and the playoffs were not a possibility.
Coal City took care of business Friday night, defeating Seneca, 28-6, in Interstate Eight Conference crossover football to become playoff eligible.
Joliet West traveled to Lockport on Friday in search of its fifth victory and a spot in the playoffs.
Thornton flashed plenty of speed during a 54-19 SouthWest Suburban Red win Friday over Lincoln-Way Central.
Joliet Catholic Academy celebrated the return of four of its wounded players Friday with a 35-28 East Suburban Catholic victory over Marist at Joliet Memorial Stadium.
Joliet Central’s sixth straight winless season ended with a 49-12 SouthWest Suburban Blue loss to Stagg on Friday night.
Lincoln-Way North won the SouthWest Suburban Conference Red championship Friday with a 28-21 overtime win over Lincoln-Way West.
After Bolingbrook committed seven turnovers and lost to Lockport, 33-16, in Week 8, the Raiders were on the brink of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1991.
One team was trying to keep alive its hopes of reaching the playoffs. The other was looking for a share of a conference title and a first-round home playoff game.
Going into the final week while out of the playoff hunt, one of the only things left on the line is pride.
Plainfield South ended the regular season with a 28-7 Southwest Prairie Conference loss Friday against Oswego.
In a battle between two undefeated Interstate Eight champions, Wilmington outlasted Manteno, 42-35, on Friday to claim its 23rd consecutive victory.
Heading into the last game of the year Friday, the message was simple from Providence Catholic coach Mark Coglianese to his team: Win for our seniors.
Romeoville dropped a 27-0 decision to Southwest Prairie Conference foe Oswego East on Friday night.
The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss discusses the Week 9 games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.
The Tigers fell to the Porters, 35-6, Friday in Lockport.
The Hilltoppers defeated the Red Hawks, 35-28, Friday in Joliet.
Lincoln-Way North defeated Lincoln-Way West, 28-21, Friday in Frankfort.
The Tigers fell to the Indians, 14-16, Friday in Minooka.
The Cougars fell to the Panthers, 28-7, Friday in Oswego.
As incredible as his fourth touchdown reception of the night was, Plainfield North receiver Zach Jarosz said it has been practiced.
Joliet West dug itself out of a 21-0 first-quarter hole Friday night, came back to force overtime and scored a huge, 28-27 SouthWest Suburban Blue victory over Stagg.
Coming into Friday night’s game against Lisle with a 4-3 record, Coal City football coach Lenny Onsen wanted his team to pick up its fifth win, then win next week at Seneca to secure a sixth victory and have no doubt about making the playoffs.
Seneca lost its fifth straight game, 48-23, at Plano Friday night, even if the Fighting Irish did not always look the part of a team playing out the string.
Of all the one-on-one showdowns that made the difference in Lemont’s 35-0 South Suburban Blue rout of unbeaten Oak Forest on Friday, the most compelling pitted the Indians’ Jeremy Fejedelem against Nick Czeszewski.
In a game Plainfield South had to win to keep its playoff and conference championship hopes alive, the Cougars answered the call Friday night with some quick, impressive work.
Needing one victory in its final two games in order to clinch a playoff berth, Lincoln-Way Central put itself in a position to do just that on Friday by rallying from an 18-3 deficit to tie things at 18 late in the second quarter against unbeaten Lincoln-Way North.
With 8:11 remaining in the first quarter, Jeff Treadmen ran into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown, and from that minute, Wilmington never looked back.
“We’ll be all right.”
With time running out on the regular season, Minooka traveled to Oswego East on Friday night for a pivotal Southwest Prairie Conference game with playoff ramifications for the identical 4-3 squads.
With only four wins and the state’s No. 1 team looming next week, a victory was vital for Bolingbrook on Friday as it faced a Lockport team looking to be the spoiler.
Morris’ state playoff chances disappeared after losing to Sycamore, 28-7, Friday night.
Lincoln-Way East senior quarterback Brandon Bauer completed nine of his 10 first-half passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s 70-0 SouthWest Suburban Blue victory over Joliet Central.
With 2:24 remaining in Friday’s SouthWest Suburban Red battle between Lincoln-Way West and Bradley-Bourbonnais, the Boilermakers scored on a 15-yard pass from Austin Piwoni to Will Conway.
While Southwest Prairie adversaries Plainfield East and Romeoville entered Week 8 out of the playoff picture, the Bengals turned to their seniors for motivation to play hard.
The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss discusses the Week 8 games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.
The Tigers beat the Panthers, 37-25, Friday at Plainfield North High School in Plainfield.
The Coalers fell to the Lions, 7-3, Friday at Coal City High School in Coal City.
The Cougars beat the Wildcats, 49-7, Friday at Plainfield South High School in Joliet.
Lincoln-Way Central lost to Lincoln-Way North, 45-18, Friday at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox.
Morris fell to Sycamore, 28-7, Friday at Sycamore High School in Sycamore.
The game was downright weird.
The first time Morris had the ball Friday night, the offense drove 90 yards and ended up in the end zone.
Efficiency was the buzzword during Bolingbrook’s 68-6 SouthWest Suburban Blue win Friday over Joliet Central.
Providence Catholic was hoping that its Chicago Catholic Blue clash at Brother Rice in Week 8 would have playoff ramifications.
After allowing nearly 500 yards of offense and giving up more points than it had in the last four games, clutch defensive play doesn’t necessarily come to mind.
None of the numbers were in Joliet West’s favor on Friday, starting with the score, with Sandburg winning, 35-14.
Senior running back Gabe Montalvo scored three touchdowns to help Lincoln-Way West defeat SouthWest Suburban Red foe Thornridge, 54-6, Friday.
A stingy defense and the leg of Brock Krohe keyed Lincoln-Way Central’s 17-7 SouthWest Suburban Red victory Friday night over Andrew.
In a game where defense wasn’t much of a factor, Lockport’s defense came through.
Trailing 7-3 with four minutes left in the first half of Friday’s Southwest Suburban Blue showdown with No. 1 Homewood-Flossmoor, Lincoln-Way East had a first down at the Vikings’ 22-yard line.
Beware of the trap game.
Coming into its Week 7 matchup against Southwest Prairie foe Plainfield Central, Oswego East knew it was a must-win game in order to stay in the playoff hunt.
While coaches would like to see a more disciplined team on the field by Week 7, mistakes and costly penalties continued to hinder the Plainfield East football team after a strong start Friday at Oswego.
A Manteno offense that averaged nearly 45 points through six weeks wore Coal City down Friday night, scoring 27 unanswered points in a 34-6 victory.
The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss discusses the Week 7 games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.
Joliet Catholic hosted Nazareth Academy in football and won, 38-35, on Friday in Joliet.
Joliet Central fell to Bolingbrook, 68-6, on Friday at Bolingbrook High School in Bolingbrook.
The Cougars beat the Indians, 34-27, on Friday at Minooka High School in Minooka.
Plainfield North beat Romeoville, 56-7, on Friday at Romeoville High School in Romeoville.
When Minooka’s John Carnagio connected with Jake Adams in the back of the end zone with a 4-yard touchdown pass in the closing seconds of the first half Friday night, that extended the Indians’ lead to 10 points.
For the final three minutes of the second quarter and all of the second half Friday night, the Morris football team outscored DeKalb, 21-7.
Loyola Academy showed why it has one of the top-ranked teams in the state when it met Providence Catholic in a Chicago Catholic League Blue game on Friday.
Things started with a rush of excitement Friday night at Joliet Central.
Lincoln-Way West put its fate on the shoulders of its offensive line Friday, and it delivered.
Lincoln-Way Central’s football team would have reassembled at 7:30 a.m. Saturday regardless of Friday night’s outcome at Thornridge. This time, being on dawn patrol might have felt like punishment.
Joliet Catholic scored 46 points in the first half as it routed Marian Catholic, 53-9, Friday in East Suburban Catholic Conference action.
With the fall season settling in and wind gusts of 20 mph Friday at Plainfield North, the wind blew in favor of the Tigers and their quarterback JD Ekowa as they defeated District 202 rival Plainfield Central, 49-7, in Southwest Prairie play.
Three numbers describe Wilmington’s heart-stopping, 31-28 Interstate Eight Small showdown victory over Herscher on Friday night.
Five interceptions by its defense and a combined five touchdowns by its two primary running backs keyed Coal City to a 41-12 Interstate Eight Conference Large football defeat of Streator on Friday.
Peotone and Plano were locked in a scoreless battle with less than six minutes left Friday night.
A good, dominating defense can be just the elixir that Plainfield South coach Ken Bublitz needs if his Cougars are to have an outside chance of making the playoffs this year.
When you play the number one team in the state, everything must go your way, and that usually doesn’t happen.
The last time Lockport defeated Lincoln-Way East in football was during the 2004 regular season.
The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss discusses the Week 6 games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.
Minooka fell to Plainfield East, 21-16, Friday at Minooka High School in Minooka.
Providence lost to Loyola Academy, 31-7, at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox.
Plainfield North beat Plainfield Central, 49-7, Friday at Plainfield North High School in Plainfield.
The Cougars beat the Spartans, 55-14, Friday at Plainfield South High School in Joliet.
Meekah Ben-Israel has been playing football for 10 years and never had scored a touchdown.
Last week, the Coal City football team got off to a slow start and saw Plano take a 28-0 lead at the end of the first quarter en route to handing the Coalers a 56-13 setback.
The opening of the Northern Illinois Big 12 East portion of the schedule Friday night was not a pleasant experience for Morris football.
Joliet Catholic senior wingback Michael Johnson rushed for 216 yards and scored four touchdowns, one on a 33-yard pass reception, Friday night at ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium.
On a night where two defenses turned in great performances, one football squad took advantage of five turnovers while the other got only one.
Providence coach Mark Coglianese preached the importance of a faster start for the offense, but it was the defense that provided the early spark in the Celtics’ 28-0 win Friday night over Chicago Catholic Blue rival St. Rita.
Playing the No. 1-ranked football team in the state on your homecoming night is a tall task.
Oswego lit up the scoreboard Friday night, scoring early and often in a 50-14 Southwest Prairie Conference victory over Romeoville.
With the Lemont football team banged up in the backfield, Matt Dunne received his first varsity start Friday on his birthday. The Indians’ senior running back made the most of his opportunity.
Homecoming proved to be a coming home, of sorts, for the Lincoln-Way Central offense Friday night during a Southwest Suburban Red matchup against Thornwood.
Speed and character.
The Plainfield South defense shut down Oswego East for nearly four full quarters of action on Friday night, but it took just two bad snaps to change the Cougars' fate in a 6-3 overtime loss on the road.
After suffering a tough loss last week, what better way to put it behind you than to spoil your next week opponent’s homecoming?
Possessing a 14-7 lead over an undermanned but inspired Plainfield Central football team at halftime of Saturday’s Wildcats’ homecoming contest, Minooka realized it had to step things up a few notches after the break.
A one-point halftime lead turned into a second straight lopsided loss for Seneca football in a 44-14 Interstate Eight Small setback Friday night against Lisle.
It isn’t often a team builds a 40-0 lead in the first quarter, but Wilmington had the opportunity to enjoy that moment en route to Friday night’s 46-6 Interstate Eight Small victory over Westmont.
The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss and sports reporter Curt Herron discuss the Week 5 games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.
Joliet West defeated Joliet Central, 21-12.
Coal City beat Sandwich, 36-14.
Morris fell to Yorkville, 14-0.
Joliet Catholic defeated Marian Central, 41-3.
Lincoln-Way East beat Bolingbrook, 28-0.
Providence beat St. Rita, 28-0.
Plainfield fell to Oswego, 6-3.
It’s been more than a decade since Bolingbrook has started the season with a 1-2 record.
A 90-minute delay before the game did not slow the No. 1 team in the state.
With the 2005 Class 6A state title team in attendance, this year’s edition of the Morris football team showed strength of its own Saturday night.
It was homecoming Saturday afternoon at Romeoville, with both the Spartans and Plainfield Central looking for their first victory of the season.
The Plainfield East football team had an extended delay in its week four game at Oswego East, but the Bengals made the wait worthwhile, breaking into the win column for the first time this season, 28-21.
It was the case of missed opportunities again for Lockport as it lost to Sandburg, 28-21, in a SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue matchup Saturday.
Lincoln-Way West used a strong defensive performance to help it crush Andrew, 50-13, in a SouthWest Suburban Conference Red game Saturday.
While games across the area were pushed back because of weather, Marmion and Providence Catholic soldiered on Friday night.
Joliet Catholic running back Michael Johnson led his team to a quick start Friday against St. Viator on a night when the weather threatened to be as formidable an opponent as the Lions, whom the Hilltoppers beat, 48-0.
In complete contrast to last year’s 41-34, overtime shootout win by Plainfield South over Plainfield North, the two rivals put on a defensive clinic for 48 minutes.
No Southwest Prairie Conference team has found an answer for the Oswego football program in 30 straight games, and Minooka was the latest statistic in the Panthers’ win streak on Saturday night.
Five Wilmington rushers gained more than 40 yards Friday night as the unbeaten Wildcats knocked off Interstate Eight Small rival Reed-Custer, 42-6.
The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss discusses the week four games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.
Plainfield Central takes on Romeoville in football. Romeoville won, 29-21.
Brandon Bauer and Ben Christensen were quick to give all of the credit to their teammates for the big plays they came up with for Lincoln-Way East in its SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue Division opener at Joliet West on Friday.
It didn’t take long Friday night for Minooka’s defense to make its presence known.
Mike Uremovich played high school football at Providence and was the head coach at University of St. Francis for seven years.
Joliet Central coach Brett Boyter will not forget the uniform number of Lockport defensive tackle Ryan Kelley anytime soon.
Joliet Catholic quarterback Cade Earl and running back Michael Johnson did not look like teammates who were happy they had helped the Hilltoppers beat Carmel 41-21 Friday night in the East Suburban Catholic Conference opener.
To kick off the season, Plainfield Central has shown improvement despite the rough patch the program is going through.
After a pair of 21-6 losses to open the season, Plainfield South coach Ken Bublitz knew that things had to change on both sides of the ball.
The Plainfield North defense produced four turnovers, including a key interception in the first half, to make a bold statement in the Southwest Prairie opener Friday night against Oswego East.
Losing junior running back Richie Warfield to a knee injury on his third play Friday night didn’t help Providence Catholic’s cause.
Nick Hawkins rushed for 228 yards, including touchdown runs of 56 and 54 yards, and the Wilmington defense limited Lisle to a net of 2 yards rushing as the Wildcats opened defense of their Interstate Eight Small title with a 21-7 victory Friday night.
For most of Morris’ nonconference football game against Dundee-Crown on Friday night, field position and yardage were not easily obtained.
Competing in the Interstate Eight Large is not good enough for the Peotone football team. The Blue Devils want to start winning consistently.
The Seneca Fighting Irish won in and with style Friday night, whipping Reed-Custer, 41-20, in their home opener while wearing black jerseys rather than their traditional home green for the first time.
Lemont did not let a sleeping dog lie in its South Suburban crossover Friday against Richards.
Sandburg quarterback Alec Fidan, along with wide receivers Zak Razik and Avery Verble, put on an air show Friday night in the SouthWest Suburban Blue opener against Bolingbook.
The Herald-News sports editor Dick Goss and sports reporter Curt Herron discuss the week three games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.
Lincoln-Way East defeated Joliet West, 35-12.
Minooka defeated Romeoville, 46-0.
Lincoln-Way West defeated Lincoln-Way Central, 28-0.
Lockport defeated Joliet Central, 41-0.
Plainfield North defeated Oswego East, 28-9.
Joliet West is a talented offensive football team.
When Coal City and Wilmington get together on the football field, it’s always one to remember. Friday night’s game, though, might live on in the annals of the rivalry longer than most.
Joliet Catholic overcame the loss of senior quarterback Cade Earl to defeat Wheaton North, 34-14, Friday night in a game the late Gordie Gillespie would have loved.
The foundation of Oswego football has always been built on defense. Providence Catholic knows defense wins championships.
Things were looking up for Joliet Central’s football team after the Steelmen scored on the initial play of the second quarter Friday night to grab a six-point lead over Rich South.
Don’t let Nico Muto’s dimensions fool you.
In the first half Friday night, it looked like the Morris football team was going to come away from its first road game with a fairly easy victory over Washington. The Redskins led by 13 points at halftime, and outgained the Panthers, 129-37, in total yards, holding them to one first down.
After being outplayed by Bloom Township for the first three quarters, Lincoln-Way West’s football team went off for three fourth-quarter touchdowns and rolled to a 27-13 nonconference victory.
An instant classic is a good way to describe the first meeting between Lockport and Minooka on the football field.
Plainfield North had five trips into the red zone and came away with zero points, leading to a 17-14 nonconference defeat Friday night at Bishop McNamara.
Plainfield Central led 7-6 at halftime, allowed two quick touchdowns to open the second half and battled back to get within 28-27 early in the fourth quarter before falling to nonconference foe Rich Central, 40-27, on Friday night.
In what could have been the most confrontational matchup of Valley View District rivals, Bolingbrook came away with a 55-6 nonconference victory over Romeoville on Friday night.
Having suffered a tough loss in Week 1 to Rich Central, Plainfield East carried a little momentum into its game against West Aurora after its offense finally started to hit its stride last week in the fourth quarter.
Lincoln-Way East was in need of a victory after the Griffins dropped a 14-13 decision at Oak Park-River Forest in Week 1.
The Herald-News sports reporter Curt Herron and sports editor Dick Goss discuss the week two games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.
The Tigers beat the Cougars, 21-6.
Wilmington defeated Coal City, 20-16.
Oswego beat Providence, 14-13.
Joliet Central lost to Rich South, 46-20.
Minooka beat Lockport, 26-22.
Joliet Catholic coach Dan Sharp cited the series of plays midway through the fourth quarter. That sequence summarized everything that transpired in Friday night’s 35-13 nonconference victory over Providence in the much-anticipated season opener.’’
Heading into the season, Morris football coach Alan Thorson knew his team would have a lot of offensive weapons.
Lemont’s Frank Letizia looked in a mirror Friday.
Marmion overcame a four-point, fourth-quarter deficit, scoring two touchdowns in the final 11 minutes, to claim a 24-14 nonconference victory Friday over visiting Plainfield Central.
The series between Lincoln-Way West and Sycamore has featured a lot of tight contests, and Friday’s season opener between the two was no different.
The bus broke down on the way to Palos Hills, and the Minooka sophomores didn’t kick off until 6 p.m.
In the second quarter of Lincoln-Way Central’s Friday night season opener against Huntley, the Knights’ defense kept Huntley within striking distance by forcing turnovers in their own territory on each of the Red Raiders’ final three drives of the half.
The long bus ride was well worth it.
It was the tale of two halves Friday as Lockport fell, 28-21, to Downers Grove North in its season opener.
Terrence Robinson’s 52-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter sent Joliet Central to its 46th consecutive loss as Thornridge edged the Steelmen, 12-6, on Friday.
One player accounted for 2,671 rushing yards by himself last season for Coal City.
As John Ivlow told his Bolingbrook team after a 28-7 loss Saturday to Glenbard West, the opening game wasn’t nearly as bad as the final score might indicate.
Holding onto a two-touchdown lead against DeKalb in the fourth quarter, Plainfield North decided to go for it on a fourth-and-inches on its own 28-yard line.
Oliver Gibson’s return to Romeoville High School did not go as scripted.
After graduating several talented starters, Plainfield East’s football team has many new players filling big roles.
Wilmington jumped to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and outscored Sandwich, 27-0, in the third quarter to capture a 48-13 victory in its season opener.
The Herald-News sports reporter Curt Herron and sports editor Dick Goss discuss the opening games for high school football teams across the Joliet area.
Joliet Catholic defeated Providence Catholic, 35-13, on Friday in New Lenox.
Lemont beat Plainfield South, 21-6, on Friday at Lemont.
Lincoln-Way West beat Sycamore, 35-31, on Friday in New Lenox.
Downers Grove North beat Lockport, 28-21, on Friday in Lockport.
Plainfield North topped DeKalb, 35-21, on Friday in Plainfield.
With four burly starters returning to the offensive line this season, Joliet Catholic could give new meaning to “time of possession.’’
When Joliet West rebounded from a one-sided loss to Homewood-Flossmoor last year to win at Sandburg a week later, the Tigers had their football moment.
When you watch the Joliet Central football team practice, it's like chaos, organized chaos, all over the field.
The scoreboard at Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Illinois illuminated the final score of the Class 7A state championship game.
As the summer went on and his first season as head football coach at Lincoln-Way Central drew closer, Jeremy Cordell saw his team starting to develop a sense of urgency.
With most football teams, the spotlight doesn’t shine too brightly on the linemen. At Lincoln-Way West, however, it’s pointed directly at the big men up front.
All it takes is one. One victory to start and the rest will follow. One victory to show that all the hard work, blood, sweat, tears and time invested into something that you believe in was worth it.
As the Plainfield South football program enters its 14th season with a 57-66 overall record, coach Ken Bublitz knows the Cougars must avoid repeating the 0-3 start from a year ago if they hope to make the playoffs.
The pride is returning to Romeoville High School. And, the Spartans have found the right man to bring it back.
During summer workouts, the Lockport football team votes on a theme for the season.
A group of Minooka linemen broke from their huddle at practice, shouted “1-2-3 playoffs” and cooled off with a little water.
After missing the playoffs in 2013 and finishing 3-6, the Morris football team was 2-4 after six weeks last year and in danger of missing the postseason two years in a row.
For the first time in the program’s history, Wilmington enters a season as a defending state champion. But coach Jeff Reents said it has been business as usual in the preseason for the 2014 Class 3A state champion Wildcats.
New faces abound as the new football season begins at Bolingbrook.
Plainfield East has identified the enemy – it’s the Bengals.
Plainfield North’s 2014 all-state running back, Quintin Hoosman, is at Northern Illinois University.
When you had a team that year before that reached the football state semifinals and featured one player that had the best season anyone from your school has ever had and another that went on to be on the roster at University of Illinois, it's natural to talk about what your team has to make up for this year.
When a program has the distinction of being the only one in the state to have reached the playoffs in each season of its existence, during which time it owns a 134-32 record, expectations are understandably always high.