Final area prep football standings

Big 12
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.

Illinois still in the picture for Mammen

While the postseason accolades continue to roll in for Urbana (Ill.) High School senior football player Cameron Mammen, so does attention from college coaches

Named to various all-state teams already for his stellar senior season, Urbana head coach Nathan Watson said Mammen would like to make a college decision by early January.

Weekend Wrap — Morgan dominant in season-opening win

Every week during the prep basketball season, IlliniHQ will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous weekend's games. Here are a few notes from the first week of play along with a few Illinois football recruiting items.

The Illini also added two more football commits this weekend to bump the Class of 2013 up to 23 players.

Weekend Wrap — Hill MVP of Centralia Thanksgiving Tournament

Every week during the prep football season, IlliniHQ will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous weekend's games. Here are a few notes from week 14 for the few who are still playing, along with notes about Illini basketball recruits that opened their season last week.

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.


“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.

Tolono Unity Football Class 3A Championship Game

Unity headed to Memorial Stadium in Champaign to play in the IHSA Classs 3A State Football Championship game against  Aurora Christian on Friday, November 23, 2012.