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All-Area Football Coach of Year: Unity's Scott Hamilton

Directed the 12-2 Rockets into the Class 3A state championship game, the fourth time in 13 years a Hamilton-coached team reached the title game. All 19 of his Unity teams have qualified for the postseason.


All-Area Football POY: Urbana's Cameron Mammen

URBANA — Cameron Mammen’s varsity football debut at Urbana High School came in Nathan Watson’s first game as the Tigers’ head coach in August 2009.

The opener against Normal Community wasn’t supposed to be Mammen’s Friday Night Lights debut.


Final area prep football statistics

RUSHING
Player,School    Att    Yrds    TD    AVG
Bruning, LeRoy    195    2141    35    11.0
Isbell, CG    146    1807    24    12.3


Final area prep football standings

Big 12
SCHOOL    CONF.    ALL
Urbana    7-1    9-2
Bloomington    7-1    7-3
Normal Community    6-2    6-4
Normal West    6-2    6-4
Danville    4-4    4-5


Future's uncertain for Rantoul AD

RANTOUL — Rantoul Township High School operated the second semester of last school year with an interim athletic director.

Could the district find itself in a similar situation again this year? Stay tuned.

First-year AD Joe Bendoraitis, who is also the Eagles’ head football coach, has not been at the high school since Nov. 29.


Ref relishes opportunity at state football

CHAMPAIGN — Ken Nelson has had different vantage points for football games at Memorial Stadium.

“I’ve watched Illini games here and worked as an usher,” said Nelson, a Philo resident.


Rockets promise to stay the course

CHAMPAIGN — The winningest senior class in Unity High history couldn’t add to its record Friday.

The Rockets were unable to maintain a first-half lead and lost 42-12 to two-time IHSA state champion Aurora Christian in the Class 3A title game at Memorial Stadium.


Hamilton: 'Our kids played as well as they could'

CHAMPAIGN — Micah Johnson attends high school and played football for a school whose name embodies the team.

Unity.

“This team,” Johnson said, “was the most close-knit. I wouldn’t trade any of them. I’ll remember how great of a team we were.”


Aurora Christian, wind prove to be frustrating for Unity

CHAMPAIGN — Darkness fell on Memorial Stadium Friday during the playing of the IHSA Class 3A state championship football game.

For Unity’s Rockets, it meant lights out.

Unity scored twice — during the daylight portion of the contest — but defending champion Aurora Christian scored four touchdowns during the final 8:01 and pulled away for a 42-12 triumph.


Scott Hamilton Q&A: 'This became ... home'

Four days before he coaches in his fourth state championship game, Unity football head coach Scott Hamilton sat in his office with Prep Sports Coordinator Fred Kroner to discuss everything from family to football to life in Champaign County: