For the first time, a Chicago public school has won an Illinois state football championship.
Wendell Phillips Academy downed Belleville Althoff 51-7 in the IHSA Class 4A title game Friday to complete a perfect 13-0 season. Phillips, based on the South Side, set a state title game record in the process with 51 points, according to dnainfo.com.
A year ago, Phillips became only the second Chicago Public League school to reach a state final since the playoffs began in 1974; the other was Robeson High in 1982. But the team lost in the title game 49-28 to Rochester and returned eager to complete the job. Friday, it did.
“When we go to practice we go with footballs,” Phillips coach Troy McAllister told The Chicago Tribune. “There are no sleds, no chutes, no kicking nets, nothing like that.
“It goes to what our coaches have done and what these young men can do. We have five stipends for coaches. Everywhere else it’s 10 to 14. That makes a huge difference, but these young men have bought into what we were trying to accomplish and they’ve done something no one else has done.”
UConn-bound quarterback Quayvon Skanes ran for 141 yards and four TDs. He also threw for 44 and another score. Kamari Mosby ran for 151 yards and a touchdown.
“I don’t really think money was a big issue for us, just because we don’t have it,” defensive tackle Amir Watts, who had three sacks, told the Tribune. “I think it influenced us to be better.”