In a state title game, every play is important. These five were the most crucial plays in Saturday’s Class 5A championship game between Montini and Sacred Heart-Griffin, which the Broncos lost 38-28.
Montini made its fifth straight state title appearance, but IC Catholic and Willowbrook also made the playoffs. Those three teams plus York, Glenbard East and Addison Trail comprise the 2013 Suburban Life East DuPage all-area football team.
VILLA PARK – Quarterback is the most mentally demanding position in football. Not only do the passers need to know their own responsibility, they need to know everyone's responsibility every play. With that in mind, Brian Johnson's staggering statistical season at Willowbrook this fall is unusual because the senior is still somewhat new to the sport.
DeKALB – For all of Montini’s accomplishments this season, the Broncos’ success on the football field was going to come down to whether or not they could win state for the fifth year in a row. Fair or not, this team won’t quite measure up to the previous four teams after losing to Sacred Heart-Griffin 38-28 in the Class 5A final on Saturday.
WEST CHICAGO – It was a wacky opening week for Addison Trail's boys basketball team. The Blazers had two games go down to the buzzer and also had a comeback from a 15-point halftime deficit in the first five games of the season, which all took place at the West Chicago Thanksgiving tournament.
After losing to Hinsdale Central 63-52 in the second place crossover game of Glenbard and Hinsdale Thanksgiving tournaments on Saturday, the Rams took on Rich South on Tuesday. Jaron Hall scored 30 points against the Stars, but the Rams lost at the buzzer, 60-58.
DeKALB – Montini was playing for a fifth straight state title and the first undefeated season in program history, but Sacred Heart-Griffiin's defense snuffed that out. SHG won 38-28 on Saturday at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.
Willowbrook junior Kelly McNamara was second in the 100-yard butterfly at state on Saturday. McNamara, the Oak Trust Credit Union Athlete of the Week, spoke with sports reporter Dan Santaromita about taking a medal home from the state meet.
LOMBARD – The contrast from a year ago is sharp at Glenbard East, but the talent is still there. The Rams lost four starters from last year’s conference and regional champion squad. Three players from that group are playing in college and a young core is in their place.
ADDISON – Once last season ended, Addison Trail coach Brendan Lyons was already excited for this time of year. At the time he said this group of Blazers has the most returning talent he’s ever had. Now it’s time to see how many wins that can translate to.
LOMBARD – Montini is one win away from its first ever undefeated season. The Broncos beat Sycamore 42-20 in a Class 5A state semifinal Saturday afternoon in Lombard to make a fifth straight trip to the state final.
Kelly McNamara claimed a second place medal in the IHSA state meet at New Trier on Saturday. The Willowbrook junior was the runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.11 seconds. McNamara finished behind only Fenwick’s Texas-bound Mimi Schneider.
LOMBARD – The Broncos had a breakout season last year, but fell just short of the Suburban Christian Gold title. Matching that success will be tough this year with the departure of all-conference forward Simmie Cobbs.
VILLA PARK – A lot of new faces are in the Willowbrook program this year. The top three leading scorers from last year, Josh Joiner, Tiger Greene and Yashua Trent, are all gone, with the trio playing in junior college this year.
LOMBARD – Montini is now one win away from its first ever undefeated season. The Broncos beat Sycamore 42-20 in a Class 5A state semifinal Saturday afternoon in Lombard and will face Sacred Heart-Griffin in the 5A final.
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