Catching Up With Two-Time Champ Wes Lunt

We were happy that it wasn't the phone ringing that woke up Oklahoma State quarterback commitment and now back-to-back state champion quarterback Wes Lunt of Rochester, Ill. We found out he was just waking up from a nap when we asked if he was still celebrating the 42-39 victory in the Illinois Class 4A state championship game over Richmond-Burton on Friday night in Champaign.

"Absolutely," answered Lunt. "You just caught me getting up from a nap. I was trying to catch up because I haven't got a lot of sleep since Friday."

The 6-5, 205-pound Lunt led the Rockets to a 14-0 mark and the 4A championship as a junior. Over the summer he committed to Oklahoma State and head coach Mike Gundy and new offensive coordinator Todd Monken. Monken knows Lunt's high school head coach Derek Leonard.

Late in the summer, Lunt suffered a broken foot while working out and ended up missing the first four games of the season. Rochester got great play out of their backup quarterback and then Lunt came back and in 10 games threw for 3,650 yards and 30 touchdowns with just four interceptions.

In the state championship game he and his teammates and both teams set a myriad of records you can check out courtesy of The State Journal-Record newspaper.

Lunt said after the game that this championship felt different and he elaborated on that Sunday afternoon.

"Last year we went 9-0 and everybody expected us to win (the championship)," explained Lunt. "This year we had so many new players and not as much was expected out of us. We weren't supposed to have the same success. We lost 19 of 22 starters. Because of all that this one was a lot more relaxed."

Except maybe the last minute of the game. Lunt was picked off for just the fourth time this season -- and just the eighth time in the last two seasons -- while throwing to the end zone for what would have been the game-clinching score. The television cameras showed Lunt on the sidelines several times on the final drive as Rochester finally got the stop and sealed the game.

"Definitely not," Lunt answered about being relaxed after the interception. "We've had a lot of success with that play and I under threw it the way I did and the defender made a nice play on it. That was frustrating, but our defense needed to get a stop and they did."

Lunt will have a week to rest up and then he will make his third trip to Stillwater next Saturday for the Bedlam game against Oklahoma.

"I'm very excited and I've watched (this season) as they have played so good," Lunt said of watching his future college team. "Coach Monken called after the loss (to Iowa State) and said they didn't play as well and turned the ball over. I can't wait to see the (Bedlam) game and to see how game day feels in Stillwater, and I can't wait to be a part of it."

Below is a list of the records that Lunt, his teammates, and the two teams combined set in Friday's Class 4A state championship game.

4A TITLE GAME RECORDS SET
Rochester and Richmond-Burton combined to set nine Class 4A state title game records and set or tie six all-class title game records Friday night. (Previous marks in parentheses.)
Team total offense — 554 yards by Rochester (526 by Lombard Montini vs. Joliet Catholic, 2007)

Team rushing — 516 yards by Richmond-Burton (454 by Metamora vs. Geneseo, 2009)

Team passes completed — 31 by Rochester (25 by Fairbury Prairie Central vs. Addison Driscoll, 2003)

Team passing yardage — 506 by Rochester (305 by Fairbury Prairie Central vs. Addison Driscoll, 2003)

Individual rushing — 244 by Jack Dechow, Richmond-Burton (243 by Dave Schwabe, Addison Driscoll vs. Bloomington Central Catholic, 2007)

Individual pass completions — 31 by Wes Lunt, Rochester (27 by Jordan Roberts, Aurora Christian vs. Bloomington Central Catholic, 2008)

Individual passing yardage — 506 by Wes Lunt, Rochester (365 by Jordan Roberts, Aurora Christian vs. Bloomington Central Catholic, 2008)

Individual pass receptions — 13 by Zach Grant, Rochester (10 by David Zielke, Aurora Christian vs. Bloomington Central Catholic, 2008)

Individual receiving yardage — 259 by Zach Grant, Rochester (210 by Greg Turner, Addison Driscoll, 2003)

ALL-CLASS GAME RECORDS
Team passes completed — 31 by Rochester (29 by Wheaton-Warrenville South vs. Barrington, Class 6A 1998)

Team passing yardage — 506 by Rochester, broken by Lombard Montini with 587 yards Saturday vs. Joliet Catholic, Class 6A (record prior to this year's finals, 490 by Wheaton-Warrenville South vs. Barrington, Class 6A 1998)

Individual pass completions — 31 by Wes Lunt, Rochester (29 by Bobby Brenneisein, Sacred Heart-Griffin vs. Rock Island Alleman, Class 5A 2005, and Jon Beutjer, Wheaton-Warrenville South vs. Barrington, Class 6A 1998)

Individual passing yardage — 506 by Wes Lunt, Rochester, broken by Lombard Montini's John Rhode with 587 yards Saturday vs. Joliet Catholic, Class 6A (record prior to this year's finals, 490 by Jon Beutjer, Wheaton-Warrenville South vs. Barrington, Class 6A 1998)

Individual receiving yardage — 259 by Zach Grant, Rochester, broken by Lombard Montini's Jordan Westerkamp with 331 yards Saturday vs. Joliet Catholic, Class 6A (record prior to this year's finals, 246 by Eric McGoey, Wheaton-Warrenville South vs. Barrington, Class 6A 1998)

Individual receiving catches — (tied) 13 by Zach Grant, Rochester (equals mark of 13 by Jon Schweighart, Wheaton-Warrenville South vs. Barrington, 1998)


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