The final game of the Illinois high school football season came with the Class 8A title game between the Glenbard North Panthers and the Chicago Mt. Carmel Caravan. I expected this game to go very quickly with two run-oriented teams and the first half did just that with three big plays producing all the scoring with a 75 yard interception return by Justin Jackson for North along with a 78 yard run by Draco Smith and a 34 yard quarterback sneak by Don Butkus that gave Mt. Carmel a 14-7 halftime advantage. It was obvious that the key was who will run the ball better in this game.
Mt. Carmel in the second half wouldn’t allow North to stay in the game and would build a 28-7 lead before Glenbard North scored late as the Caravan won the Class 8A title 28-14. Mt. Carmel won their first title in ten years and got three interceptions from Justin Sanchez in stopping North each time they got even close to scoring. The game didn’t go as fast as I really thought it would as North had to start throwing to stay in the game. Mt. Carmel though played like a championship team and deserved to win.
It was nearly 24 hours of football the last two days for me and while it was a treat to watch all eight championship games, it is a long and grueling time while tweeting over 200 times during the games. It’s time for a nice, long break from seeing anything football-related. I think I deserve this break.