The Ithaca Yellowjackets have won their third straight Division 6 state championship, rallying to beat Constantine 37-27 on Friday night at Ford Field.
The Yellowjackets capped off their third straight perfect season and their winning streak now stands at 42 games.
Ithaca lost junior quarterback Travis Smith in the first quarter to a shoulder injury and fell behind 14-7 and 20-14. Smith did not return and was replaced by junior Logan Hessbrook, who accounted for three touchdowns in the first half and gave Ithaca their first lead with a short touchdown run in the third quarter to put the Yellowjackets up 27-20.
Following a Sade DeMull field goal, senior Jared Evers added a 31-yard touchdown run on a fourth down and one in the fourth quarter to give Ithaca a 37-20 lead.
After allowing 287 yards rushing in the first half, the Ithaca defense stepped up in the second half to hold Constantine’s Power T formation to just seven points.
On Constantine’s first possession of the second half, Ithaca stopped four straight running plays to earn a turnover on downs at midfield.
Ithaca’s next drive was capped off by Hessbrook’s touchdown run to give the Yellowjackets a lead they would not relinquish.