After winning three state titles as football coach at Aledo Mercer County High School, Cully Welter picked up his first in 10 years at Monticello with a 24-20 decision over Byron in the Class 3A state final at Champaign on Friday.
A former Ridgeview coach, Welter became the second coach in state history to win titles at two different schools, joining Tim Racki, who guided Addison Driscoll and LaGrange Park Nazareth to championships.
The Sages (14-0) fell behind, 14-10, but a 20-yard touchdown pass from Braden Snyder to Alek Bundy with 6:54 left in the third quarter put Monticello ahead to stay.
Bundy finished with three touchdowns. He opened the scoring with a 95-yard TD catch in the second quarter. He also had a 3-yard TD run.
Snyder completed 12 of 21 passes for 213 yards while Bundy finished with four catches for 136 yards. Snyder rushed for 60 yards and Bundy 58. Bundy also intercepted a pass.
Byron (13-1) was led by Isaac Stickler's 139 yards on 23 carries.
Forreston 44, Camp Point Central 6: Evan Kelsey rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns as Forreston threw only one pass in routing Camp Point Central.
Kelsey scored on runs of 23 and 37 yards to help Forreston (12-2) gain a 30-0 halftime lead. Two more TDs resulted in a 44-0 lead and a running clock for the final 11:08 as Camp Point Central (12-2) finally got on the scoreboard with 5:08 left.
Forreston had all of its 404 yards on the ground. Camp Point Central generated only 127 yards of total offense.
Immaculate Conception 31, McNamara 21: Elmhurst Immaculate Conception Catholic won its third straight title to complete a 14-0 season. The Knights had won the Class 3A crown the last two years before being moved up.
Kankakee McNamara fell to 12-2 with the loss.
Immaculate Conception was led by Kyle Franklin's 231 yards on 22 carries. He scored on runs of 11 and 60 yards. Teammate Khalil Saunders added 154 yards on 25 rushes and scored on an 18-yard run.
McNamara lost the total yardage battle, 383-165. Tyshon King, who had a pair of 1-yard TD runs, finished with 84 yards on 25 carries for the Fighting Irish.