- Loyola Academy wins second straight Illinois 8A football championship.
- Quarterback Ryan Fitzgerald's standout performance leads the team to victory.
- Lincoln-Way East falls short in the title-game matchup of unbeatens.
Loyola Academy clinched a second straight Illinois 8A football championship with a 26-15 victory over Lincoln-Way East. Head coach Beau Desherow and quarterback Ryan Fitzgerald played key roles in the Ramblers’ success. Fitzgerald’s stellar performance included 17-for-21 passing, 203 yards, two touchdowns, and 89 rushing yards. Junior Drew McPherson added 120 rushing yards and a touchdown. Loyola’s solid defense limited Lincoln-Way East to one TD for the majority of the game. Despite a valiant effort, Lincoln-Way East coach Rob Zvonar acknowledged the team’s defeat by a superior opponent.
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