By Jim Hagerty
CHAMPAIGN – The Forreston Cardinals made quick work of Camp Point Central by running away with the IHSA Class 1A football championship 44-6 Friday.
It is Forreston’s third state title in five years. The Cardinals also won in 2014 and 2016.
This year’s team finished the regular season 7-2, losing to Lena-Winslow in Week 2 and dropping their Week 4 contest to Pearl City-Eastland. They spilled Hiawatha, Milledgeville and Dakota in the first three rounds of the playoffs to set up a rematch with Lena-Winslow. Forreston emerged with the 34-28 victory to punch their ticket to Friday’s championship.
There now have been 20 state championship teams from the Northwest Upstate Illini Conference (NUIC). R.
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