CHAMPAIGN — Mount Carmel’s defense shut down Glenbard North’s star running back Justin Jackson, and the Caravan won 28-14 to claim the Class 8A title Saturday.
Draco Smith had two scores and rushed for 129 yards for the Mount Carmel (13-1), which won its 11th state title. A 75-yard run by Smith put the Caravan on the board in the first half. He added a 25-yard burst to pad the lead at 28-7 in the fourth quarter.
Mount Carmel held Jackson, who had rushed for 2,539 yards and 35 touchdowns entering the game, to just 63 yards.
“Our outside guys shut that down. Our inside guys were just clobbering him,” linebacker D.J. Romero said. “He didn’t have anywhere to go.”
Glenbard West 10, Lincoln-Way East 8: Glenbard West’s defense late in the game led to a win over Lincoln-Way East and its first state football title.
The Hilltoppers (14-0) gave up just 44 yards in the first half. When Lincoln-Way East (13-1) went on a last-minute desperation drive, Glenbard West held the Griffins on downs deep in Hilltoppers territory to seal the game.
Crete-Monee 33, Cary-Grove 26: A five-star recruit Laquon Treadwell scored a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown, converted a two-point attempt, recovered an onside kick, made 12 tackles and picked off a Cary-Grove pass attempt in a crucial situation, helping the Warriors (14-0) to a win against the Trojans.
Offensively, the wide receiver/defensive back was efficient in his touches, carrying the ball just six times but for 93 yards. He made just six catches but they went for 85 yards.
Montini 19, Morris 6: Montini’s Dimitri Taylor got the crowd buzzing with his second score of the first half.
Taylor took a swing pass from quarterback Alexander Wills and made two super moves to put the Broncos up two scores in their eventual victory. He 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).