The losing streak is over.
Joliet Central in Illinois beat Plainfield Central 38-35 with a touchdown pass with 29 seconds remaining to snap a 57-game skid.
“I’m so happy for the kids and the parents,” coach Brett Boyter told the Chicago Sun-Times. “To see our guys compete and finally get the outcome on the scoreboard that we wanted … I don’t have the words, I really don’t.”
Boyler comes from a football family and understood how important the win was for the community. His father, Jim, coached Joliet Catholic Academy to a state title in 1987. An uncle, Tom Thayer, played on the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears.
Players and coaches were crying, the field was stormed, the celebration marked an ends to years of disappointment.
It was the first win for the program since Joliet West and Joliet Central split in 2010 after playing as combined sports teams for 17 years. The state record for consecutive losses will remain at 63 by West Carroll.
Junior quarterback Zach Wisneski threw the 30-yard TD pass that provided the winning margin. He was 20-for-30 passing for 289 yards and three scores.
“I don’t even know what this means,” Wisneski told the Sun-Times. “Everything.”
Alas for every victor … with the loss, Plainfield’s streak moved to 32 games.