Illinois High School Football: Class 5A Championship Analysis

By Andy Schmidt

When I started my Saturday morning with the Class 5A title game between the Montini Broncos and Morris Redskins, I knew there was history on the line with Montini looking for their fourth straight state championship. I just didn’t think that Morris was going to give Montini a game which they did in the first half with the only touchdowns coming on a 74-yard touchdown run by Dimitri Taylor and a 48-yard touchdown reception by Taylor for the Broncos. I really thought Montini would have a three touchdown lead by the half. That just didn’t happen at all with two missed field goals including a 56-yard attempt that was ten yards short.

The second half wasn’t much different as Montini won their fourth straight state championship with a 19-6 win over Morris. Taylor would finish the game with over 200 yards of total offense and the Broncos defense was unstoppable in holding Morris down all day long except for a touchdown in the final minute of the game. This has been a special time for Montini with this title as the seniors now go out with a state title every single year they were in school.

There are just some teams that you can’t beat when they see the championship in their sights. Montini is just one of those teams along with fellow Illinois multi-time title winners like Joliet Catholic and Driscoll. There is no doubt in my mind at least that Driscoll could be right back in the state title game next season looking for their fifth straight.

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