It's not often that two defending state champions meet in the state title match.
But Saturday, the reigning 6A champions Boylan Catholic took on 2010 7A champions Wheaton Warrenville South for the newly aligned 7A crown.
Boylan Catholic came out on top 21-14 and notched win number 28 in a row.
"It's a blessing to have the type of kids that we have had the past two years," Boylan Catholic coach Dan Appino said. "They have done a phenomenal job answering our demands especially in the off-season."
He added, "They have made a lot of sacrifices and done everything that we asked so we couldn't be prouder of them and our school right now."
Boylan became only the second team since Illinois divided into 8-classes to win back to back championships after moving up a division.
"It's a vindication of 6A as well as 7A," Appino said. "Its also a testament to our conditioning program and our strength program."
"He is physical, he is everything we had heard about him," Appino said of Vitale. "He runs hard and protects the football."
It was more than a battle between the classes, it was also a battle of Northwestern commits – DL Dean Lowry plays for Boylan Catholic. And helped them overcome the odds, and take home their second straight championship.
"Both are magical feelings," Appino said. "I cant equate them to anything besides maybe the birth of my kids and the day I got married."