Cary-Grove rolls past Lake Forest in 6A semifinals

  • Cary-Grove's Jameson Sheehan celebrates a touchdown during the first quarter of the Trojans' 40-7 win over Lake Forest on Saturday in the Class 6A semifinals.

    Cary-Grove's Jameson Sheehan celebrates a touchdown during the first quarter of the Trojans' 40-7 win over Lake Forest on Saturday in the Class 6A semifinals. Gregory Shaver/for Shaw Media

  • Lake Forest's Leo Scheidler tries to get out of the grasp of Cary-Grove's Liam Waco during first quarter of the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School.

    Lake Forest's Leo Scheidler tries to get out of the grasp of Cary-Grove's Liam Waco during first quarter of the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School. Gregory Shaver/for Shaw Media

  • Wade Abrams finds some running room for Cary-Grove.

    Wade Abrams finds some running room for Cary-Grove. Gregory Shaver/for Shaw Media

  • Cary-Grove's Nicholas Hissong breaks away from the tackle of Lake Forest's Mick Graham during first quarter of the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School.

    Cary-Grove's Nicholas Hissong breaks away from the tackle of Lake Forest's Mick Graham during first quarter of the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School. Gregory Shaver/for Shaw Media

  • Cary-Grove's Jameson Sheehan runs away from Lake Forest's Saint Golden Irby to score a touchdown during first quarter of the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School.

    Cary-Grove's Jameson Sheehan runs away from Lake Forest's Saint Golden Irby to score a touchdown during first quarter of the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School. Gregory Shaver/for Shaw Media

  • Cary-Grove's Jameson Sheehan celebrates a touchdown with his teammates during first quarter of the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game against Lake Forest Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School.

    Cary-Grove's Jameson Sheehan celebrates a touchdown with his teammates during first quarter of the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game against Lake Forest Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School. Gregory Shaver/for Shaw Media

  • Cary-Grove's Drew Magel runs behind the block of his teammate, Wade Abrams, right, as he is chased by Lake Forest's Jake Milliman, left, and Brock Uihlein, second from left, during first quarter of the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game between Lake Forest and Cary-Grove Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School.

    Cary-Grove's Drew Magel runs behind the block of his teammate, Wade Abrams, right, as he is chased by Lake Forest's Jake Milliman, left, and Brock Uihlein, second from left, during first quarter of the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game between Lake Forest and Cary-Grove Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School. Gregory Shaver/for Shaw Media

  • Cary-Grove's Jameson Sheehan runs out of the grasp of Lake Forest's Robert Pasinato, left, as he tries to avoid Lake Forest's Tommy Aberle during the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game between Lake Forest and Cary-Grove Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School.

    Cary-Grove's Jameson Sheehan runs out of the grasp of Lake Forest's Robert Pasinato, left, as he tries to avoid Lake Forest's Tommy Aberle during the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game between Lake Forest and Cary-Grove Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School. Gregory Shaver/for Shaw Media

  • Cary-Grove's Jameson Sheehan runs out of the grasp of Lake Forest's Robert Pasinato during the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game between Lake Forest and Cary-Grove Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School.

    Cary-Grove's Jameson Sheehan runs out of the grasp of Lake Forest's Robert Pasinato during the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game between Lake Forest and Cary-Grove Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School. Gregory Shaver/for Shaw Media

  • Cary-Grove's Drew Magel runs away from Lake Forest's Andrew Lyon for a touchdown during second quarter of the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game between Lake Forest and Cary-Grove Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School.

    Cary-Grove's Drew Magel runs away from Lake Forest's Andrew Lyon for a touchdown during second quarter of the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game between Lake Forest and Cary-Grove Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School. Gregory Shaver/for Shaw Media

  • Cary-Grove's Wade Abrams tries to run thought the tackle attempt of Lake Forest's William R. Rolander, behind Abrams, and Diego Marquez, right, during first quarter of the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game between Lake Forest and Cary-Grove Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School.

    Cary-Grove's Wade Abrams tries to run thought the tackle attempt of Lake Forest's William R. Rolander, behind Abrams, and Diego Marquez, right, during first quarter of the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game between Lake Forest and Cary-Grove Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School. Gregory Shaver/for Shaw Media

  • Cary-Grove's Zachary Petko throws a block on Lake Forest's Jake Milliman and Patrick Lee to open a path to the end zone of his teammates, Drew Magel.

    Cary-Grove's Zachary Petko throws a block on Lake Forest's Jake Milliman and Patrick Lee to open a path to the end zone of his teammates, Drew Magel. Gregory Shaver/for Shaw Media

  • Lake Forest's Robert Pasinato scores their only touchdown in front of Cary-Grove's Joshua Domagala during fourth quarter of the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game between Lake Forest and Cary-Grove Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School.

    Lake Forest's Robert Pasinato scores their only touchdown in front of Cary-Grove's Joshua Domagala during fourth quarter of the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game between Lake Forest and Cary-Grove Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School. Gregory Shaver/for Shaw Media

  • Lake Forest's Brock Uihlein loos over at his teammates as he walks off the field after losing to Cary-Grove in the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School.

    Lake Forest's Brock Uihlein loos over at his teammates as he walks off the field after losing to Cary-Grove in the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School. Gregory Shaver/for Shaw Media

  • Cary-Grove's Benjamin Hurt Haller, left, Jameson Sheehan, center, and Niko Neckopulos high-five there fans after defeating Lake Forest during in the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School.

    Cary-Grove's Benjamin Hurt Haller, left, Jameson Sheehan, center, and Niko Neckopulos high-five there fans after defeating Lake Forest during in the IHSA Class 6A semifinal football game Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2021, at Cary-Grove High School. Gregory Shaver/for Shaw Media

 
 
Updated 11/20/2021 6:59 PM

Cary-Grove offensive lineman Zach Petko might have been the most excited player, coach or fan at Al Bohrer Field after running back Drew Magel ran 20 yards untouched into the end zone to start a running clock in the fourth quarter against Lake Forest.

Petko pulled from his position and led the way for Magel, sprinting step-for-step with the speedy running back and taking out two defenders near the goal line. As his teammates celebrated in the end zone, Petko leapt to his feet, threw his hands in the air and hustled back to the sideline.

 

Petko, a senior, went all out on his final play at home.

"The only thing on my mind was, 'We've got to score. This is going to be the last play I have at Al Bohrer Field,' " Petko said. "He got in, he scored, and that feeling was great. The energy today was great. It's just an amazing feeling."

The touchdown run wrapped up another dominant performance across the board for the top-seeded Trojans, who racked up 505 total yards of offense and held Lake Forest's starters scoreless. C-G defeated the No. 6-seeded Scouts, 40-7, in the Class 6A semifinals to reach the state championship for the sixth time in school history.

C-G (13-0) will face No. 4-seeded East St. Louis (11-2), a 54-13 winner over No. 7-seeded Crete-Monee, at 1 p.m. Nov. 27 at NIU's Huskie Stadium in DeKalb. The Trojans, who won state titles in 2009 and 2018, played their past five state title games in Champaign.

"I don't know if it's hit me yet," C-G coach Brad Seaburg said. "I'm just so happy for these kids and for the time and work they've put in. It's been such a long year, between last fall and not being able to play football, and then coming back this fall. I'm just so proud of our kids and how they've handled these past 18 months. It's been phenomenal."

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C-G led 20-0 at half and opened the second half with a 7-play, 80-yard drive over 3:34, which ended on a 3-yard touchdown by fullback Nick Hissong. Hissong scored on C-G's next possession in the third before Magel's 20-yarder with 9:11 left in the fourth started the running clock.

All four of C-G's postseason games have ended with a running clock. The Trojans defense is a big reason why.

"Everyone was doing their job and we stayed disciplined," said senior defensive lineman Nick Wojcik, who had one of two sacks for C-G. "I've noticed a huge improvement. Everybody's locked in from the start. There were some games this year where we didn't start off on the right foot. We really wanted to change that."

Hissong led the Trojans with 118 yards and three touchdowns of 7, 3 and 2 yards. Running back Wade Abrams, who was playing for the first time in the playoffs after being held out with an injury, ran for 101 yards on nine carries.

Quarterback Jameson Sheehan had 89 yards rushing and started the scoring Saturday with a 37-yard keeper on C-G's first possession -- giving the Trojans a 7-0 lead with 4:24 remaining in the first quarter. Sheehan also completed 8-of-11 passes for 105 yards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Magel added 78 yards on seven carries, scoring from 33 and 20 yards out.

Tight end Noah Riley, who was a freshman when the Trojans last went to the state finals, had six catches for 93 yards.

"It's just such a blessing [to get to state], but it's all about the work we put in the offseason and practice," Riley said. "The coaches know what to do every week. They know what it takes to get us to where we are right now."

The Trojans defense held Lake Forest to 233 yards, with 65 of that coming on the Scouts' final possession with starters out of the game on both sides. Lake Forest quarterback Leo Scheidler was 5-of-9 passing for 23 yards and had a team-high 77 yards on the ground.

Running back Brock Uihlein had 34 rushing yards and Robert Pasinato had 43 yards -- all in the fourth quarter. The Scouts were playing without their top running back, Jahari Scott, who suffered an injury in last week's 22-21 quarterfinal win over Prairie Ridge.

The Trojans will face their biggest test of the year against East St. Louis (11-2), which started the playoffs with three consecutive shutouts. Both of the Flyers' losses this year have come out-of-state to nationally-ranked teams.

East St. Louis has won nine state championships, including the last 6A title in 2019 (a 43-21 win over Prairie Ridge).

"This has been our dream since we were 6 years old," Abrams said. "It was great to come back today, execute and perform."

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