KANKAKEE -- Kankakee Bishop McNamara High School used three big plays and a rushing attack that amassed 422 yards to oust Prairie Central from the Class 4A state football playoffs with a 38-6 decision Saturday at Memorial Field.
The second-seeded Irish got a 66-yard touchdown run from Jonnie Evans and a 92-yard TD run from Travis Grant in the first half and then sealed the victory by blocking a field-goal attempt in the third quarter and returning it 81 yards for a score to stop Prairie Central's winning streak at six games.
"We had trouble stopping their running game," Hawks coach Brian Hassett said. "But I'm proud of what our kids did this year. We had a lot of confidence going into today; we just ran into a buzzsaw."
No. 7 seed Prairie Central (7-4) trailed 14-6 after the first quarter and was within 8-6 when junior quarterback Addison Bounds connected with Kyle Moody for a 50-yard touchdown.
Long runs by Evans and Grant and a 25-yard field goal by kicker Matt Powell made it 24-10 at halftime.
Addison completed 7 of 20 pass attempts for 121 yards. He was also the Hawks' leading rusher with 28 yards on 11 carries.
Grant finished with 186 yards on 19 carries for McNamara (9-2).