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Illinois High School Football: Cary-Grove Trojans Run Into Class 6A Title Game

Saturday’s Illinois Class 6A semifinal was built up to be a defensive struggle between the Cary-Grove Trojans and Lake Forest Scouts. By the time the game was over, it is anything but a defensive game as the Trojans advanced to their second title game in four years with a 42-21 victory on the road. Cary-Grove will face Crete-Monee Saturday at 1 p.m. at the University of Illinois.

The tenth-seeded Scouts got the ball first and scored right away on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Clifford to Geno Quaid to go ahead 7-0. However, the top-seeded Trojans didn’t wait long to respond with a 63-yard touchdown run by Ryan Mahoney just 41 seconds later to tie the game. Mahoney added a 23-yard run later in the quarter to give Cary a 14-7 advantage. Lake Forest would tie the game on the last play on the quarter with a five-yard pass from Clifford to David Glynn and the score was knotted at 14 after one quarter.

After that though, it was all Cary the rest of the way. Kyle Norberg scored on a three-yard run midway through the second quarter and added a 23-yard run with 1:40 left in the half to take a 28-14 halftime lead. Norberg scored his third touchdown with 3:44 left in the third quarter to give Cary-Grove a 35-14 advantage. The Scouts would pull closer when Clifford found Glynn again for a 25-yard touchdown to make it 35-21 late in the third. The Trojans would finish the game off though with a Quinn Baker 10-yard run with 3:26 left to send the Lake Forest fans home and the Cary-Grove fans into excitement to get ready for the state title game.

Cary would finish with 509 yards rushing with Norberg, Mahoney and Baker all over 100 yards on the ground led by Mahoney’s 185 yards, which 169 came in the first half. Norberg finished with 162 yards while Baker had 107 yards. Clifford finished with 231 yards passing while Stephen Cirame had 79 yards rushing to lead Lake Forest.