Richmond-Burton wins Class 4A title handily
Nicholas Legnaioli scored 4 touchdowns Friday night to lead Richmond-Burton to a 51-14 win over Murphysboro in the Class 4A state championship football game at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.
Legnaioloi (6 carries, 97 yards) scored on runs of 14, 25 and 63 yards and returned a kickoff 87 yards for a TD as the Rockets (14-0), coached by former McHenry coach Mike Noll, won the second state title in program history.
Dalton Wood led Richmond with 106 yards in 13 carries.
The Rockets led 17-0 at halftime then scored 28 straight points in the third quarter.
Murphysboro finished the season 11-3.
Williamsville 46, Byron 42: Brendon Bishop caught his third touchdown pass of the game, an 11-yarder from Conor McCormick, with 2:05 to play in the third quarter, a game-winner that held up through a scoreless fourth quarter, as Williamsville (14-0) claimed the Class 3A title. McCormick was 17-for 23 passing for 335 yards and 4 TDs for the Bullets, who won their first state title. Grant Ripperda led the winners on the ground with 183 yards in 21 carries. Isaac Stickler (28-264, 4 TDs) and Drake Snodgrass (26-165, 2 TDs) carried the load for Byron (13-1)
Sterling Newman 35, Nashville 14: In the Class 2A championship, Connor McBride scored 3 touchdowns as Newman (13-1) won its sixth state title. McBride, who rushed 9 times for 64 yards and caught 2 passes for 99 yards, scored on receptions of 60 and 39 yards from Jacob Ackman and on a run of 24 yards. Andrew Velasquez led the Comets' ground game with 82 yards in 21 carries. Quarterback Cole Malaway was 25-for-43 for 235 yards passing for Nashville (12-2) with a touchdown and 3 interceptions. Jullian Metcalf led the Hornets on the ground with 103 yards in 24 carries.
Lena-Winslow 58, Moweaqua Central A&M 20: Lena-Winslow (14-0) won its second Class 1A title in three years as Sean Ormiston set a Class 1A title-game record with 5 rushing touchdowns. He scored a sixth time on an interception return and rushed 23 times for 187 yards as the Panthers rolled up 310 yards on the ground. L-W's Luke Benson completed just 3 of 5 passes but two of those went for TDs to Kade Chrisman. Central A&M (13-1) was led by quarterback Connor Heaton, who was 17 of 33 for 192 yards and 2 TDs.