Lunt Wins Second State Championship

After missing the first four games of his senior season following a broken foot, Rochester High School and future Oklahoma State Cowboy quarterback Wes Lunt made good use of his time back on the field for his senior season.

Lunt guided the Rockets to a 12-2 overall record, 9-1 after his return, and a second straight Illinois Class 4A State Championship won Friday night over Richmond Burton 42-39.

The 6-5, 210-pound Lunt threw for a state championship record 493 yards as he completed 29-of-35 passes and had three touchdown passes. He also threw an interception with 1:16 to go and that was just his fourth interception of the season versus 31 touchdown passes. Lunt had to watch from the sidelines as the Rochester defense held the potent wing-T rushing attack of Richmond Burton to close out the win.

"No, I didn't see that happening," said Lunt after the game. "This one feels a lot different (than last season's championship), even a little sweeter because this is the second one."

Lunt got a lot of the credit from his head coach Derek Leonard after the game as he told a press conference following the game that he thought Lunt was the best high school quarterback in the nation.

"I think he may be the best quarterback in the country," said Leonard. "He is a once in a lifetime player. If anybody has seen a better quarterback or a better performance then tell me. I haven't."

Asked how that kind of compliment from his head coach makes him feel and knowing his college is set with his commitment to Oklahoma State, Lunt was very humble about it all.

"It makes me feel awesome, but I couldn't do it without the guys up here with me (including record setting wide receiver and best friend Zach Grant) and my offensive line," said Lunt. "They did a great job protecting me. The whole team did a great job."

Grant did set records in the championship game just as Lunt did. Grant caught `13 passes for 259 yards and 2 touchdowns.

This season Lunt also set a single game Illinois passing yardage record throwing for 597 yards in one game.

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