MONMOUTH, Ill. (WCIA) — The Milford/Cissna Park state title defense fell incomplete on Friday with a 50-26 loss to Polo.
The Bearcats fell behind 28-12 at halftime, and were unable to catch the Marcos in the second half.
With the MCP star running back out with an injury, Keegan Boyle needed to step up, and he did. He scored all 4 of the Bearcats touchdowns, but the defense struggled to stop the Polo run game. The Marcos claimed their first 8-man State Championship.
“My coaches called on my and my teammates needed me, and it wouldn’t have happened without our offensive line blocking for our quarterback, and our QB Penn Stoller making just perfect throws to me,” Boyle said.
“He’s a tremendous athlete and we’re really happy that he came back out for football this year. As good of an athlete and as good of a football player he is, he’s a better teammate,” head coach Clint Schwartz said. “Our guys did a good job, they fought to the very end, and we’re really proud of them. I’m really happy about our kids, and out community and our program. Where we’re upset about getting second place, we’ll look back at the end of the day and be really happy about this.”
While it was a somber mood for the Bearcats, it’s still a big step for the program who ended their season 11-1 and at the state championship for the second straight year.