2014 IHSA State Finals
State Finals Time!!!!
November 29, 2014
Stevenson 31, Homewood-Flossmoor 25
For the second week in a row, the Patriots’ title hopes came down to the final possession of the game, and for the second week in a row Stevenson’s defense stood tall when the pressure was on.
James Mahoney recovered a Homewood-Flossmoor fumble on Stevenson’s 3-yard line to seal a 31-25 victory in the Class 8A state championship.
The wonder twins, Deante and Devonte Harley-Hampton, both played well and reached the end zone in the contest, but it wasn’t enough for the Vikings (11-3). Deante finished with 17 carries for 77 yards and one score, while Devonte added 15 carries for 58 yards and touchdown.
“This game does not define our season. I’m proud of these guys and they battled until the end,” Homewood-Flossmoor coach Craig Buzea said.
Stevenson’s Jack Joseph finished with 17 carries for 91 yards and a pair of touchdown runs.
Providence 31, Cary-Grove 28
The Celtics (13-1) hang-on to win the Class 7A championship over Trojans Saturday afternoon in Champaign at Memorial Stadium.
Sophomore running back Richie Warfield had 22 carries for 123 yards and four touchdowns to guide the team to victory.
“I was just telling myself that one extra step could be the difference between a touchdown or a first down and all that can add up,” said Warfield, who had seven catches for 51 yards.
Senior quarterback Justin Hunniford capped off his year and final game going 18-for-26 for 184 yards. The Celtics ground game nearly mirrored the passing attack with 164 yards.
At the half, the Trojans led 14-10 until Providence seized momentum after a game-changing play by Notre Dame-bound receiver Miles Boykin.
The Celtics were backed up on their on 3-yard line when Hunniford threw 38-yard pass to Boykin (three catches, 48 yards) with 5:50 remaining in the third quarter. Warfield finished the 97-yard drive with a five-yard run to put Providence up 17-14.
“They pinned us deep in our own territory on our 3 and I knew that I had to make a play to get us out of here,” Hunniford said. “Finishing it off 97 yards really put a hurting on how motivated they were to continue. I just knew that Miles was going to be open and I put it in a spot that only he could get it.”
Nate Vejvoda, tight end who has committed to Iowa finished the game with 5 catches, 55 yards.
Nazareth 26, Lemont 7
As it was reported prior to kickoff, an unexpected illness swept through much of Narareth’s team, but that didn’t stop them from winning the Class 6A title Saturday afternoon in Champaign at Memorial Stadium.
A total of seventeen players suffered from a stomach flu Friday.
“It invaded the team,” coach Tim Racki said. “We were supposed to practice in the morning. I got a text from one kid, then another kid and it was the basically same text from each kid saying ‘I was throwing up all night and I don’t know what’s wrong and I will try and come in.’ I thought it was a joke. I was looking for cameras in my office and wondering what was going on. The team doctor came in and we got up to 17 guys throwing up with a flu bug in their stomach. I got it on the bus on the way here.”
The Roadrunners were led on the ground by senior running back Nolan Dean who rushed 39 times for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Nazareth rushed 33 consecutive times in the second half until senior quarterback Jonah Beauduy completed a 10-yard screen to Dean with 4 minutes, 8 seconds remaining in the game. The Roadrunners rushed the ball 63 times and passed six times behind a line that averages 6-foot-3, 285 pounds.
Lemont’s key performer was Flynn Nagel, who caught 6 passes for 70 yards. Their only points came on the ground in the first quarter.
The Roadrunners are undefeated (14-0) and this seems to be the best medicine available for everyone involved – 2014 State Champions!
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