CHAMPAIGN — Montini’s Dimitri Taylor already had an impressive run to open the IHSA Class 5A football state championship game against Morris on Saturday. It was his second score of the first half that got everyone buzzing.
Taylor took a swing pass from quarterback Alexander Wills and made two super moves to put the Broncos up two scores in their eventual 19-6 victory.
Taylor cut right, then left and right again before a spin move sprung him to near the goal where he hurdled a would-be tackler for a touchdown.
“That was big because it makes it a two-score game,” Montini coach Chris Andriano said. “Their game plan has to change.”
Taylor finished with 166 yards, including a 74-yard burst to begin the day. He caught two passes for 62 yards.
Morris moved the ball, racking up over 300 yards of offense, but stalled drives became a theme for the Redskins (12-2).
“We put some good drives together but we just couldn’t score,” Morris coach Alan Thorson said. “Whether it was a penalty or a big play by them, we just couldn’t score.”
Reese Sobol had 81 yards rushing and Zach Cinnamon had 85 yards passing. Jeffy Perry, who scored late in the game on a 33-yard pass from Cinnamon, had 69 yards rushing and 54 receiving.
The title is Montini’s fourth in a row.
“I have to pinch myself,” Andriano said. “It’s great coaches, great kids.”
It made an impression on the Redskins.
“Just knowing how hard it was and how long the season was for us to get here,” Redskins defensive end Danny Friend said. “I can’t imagine doing it four years in a row. That’s impressive.”
Montini kicker Andrew Harte booted two field goals from 23 and 31 yards, respectively, to round out the scoring for the Broncos (12-2).
Broncos quarterback Alexander Wills threw for 124 yards.
6A, Crete-Monee 33, Cary-Grove 26: Marcus Terrell threw three touchdown passes to help Crete-Monee to its first state football title with a win against Cary-Grove.
Laquon Treadwell scored twice, converted a two-point attempt and recovered an onside kick.
But his interception after the Warriors fumbled deep in their own territory in the third quarter may have been his biggest play. Crete-Monee (14-0) led just 21-16 at the time. One play later, Terrell found Lance Lenoir for a 52-yard touchdown to make it 27-16.
Cary-Grove (13-1) had a chance to tie the game after forcing the Warriors to punt with two minutes to go. Crete-Monee held though, allowing just two yards in four plays.
Kyle Norberg led the Trojans with 117 yards rushing and a touchdown.
7A, Glenbard West 10, Lincoln-Way East 8: Glenbard West’s defense late in the game helped the Hilltoppers win their first state football title.
The defense of the Hilltoppers (14-0) was especially tough in the first half, giving up just 44 yards. When Lincoln-Way East (13-1) went on a last-minute drive, Glenbard West held the Griffins on downs deep in Hilltoppers territory to seal the game.
Nathan Marcus caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Henry Haeffner, who threw for 145 yards, in the first quarter for the game’s first score. Hayden Lekacz kicked a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter for the Hilltoppers’ only other points.
The Griffins had one score, a 35-yard run by Justin Corbett.
The Hilltoppers took an intentional safety with 23 seconds left, then made it interesting by kicking the free kick out of bounds.
That gave the Griffins the ball on Glenbard West’s 45. The Hilltoppers’ defense held, though.