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:

Kroner: Deters looks for bragging rights

TOLONO — Justin Deters has already matched his siblings’ athletic success. Today, the Unity junior will take aim at his mother’s achievements.

Attending a school with a rich tradition in athletics — top-two state finishes in five team sports — Deters is from a family whose legacy in sports is nearly as long as a football field.

Rockets bring fans' excitement back to football final

TOLONO — Football fever hasn't been this contagious in southern Champaign County in three years.

That's how long it's been since Unity High School went to the state championship game — 2009. So there's plenty of excitement that the Rockets, on a 10-game winning streak, are going for the Class 3A title against 12-1 Aurora Christian at 4 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium.

All-State Football POY: Maine South's Matt Alviti

PARK RIDGE — In a five-week period midway through his sophomore year, Matt Alviti celebrated birthday No. 16 and quarterbacked Maine South to its third consecutive Class 8A football state championship.

Neither event was the highlight of those fall months in 2010.

Rockets' Freeman hopes to add to family's state title collection

State championships are coveted treasures, hard to come by.

One Unity High School family is in position for two titles during the fall-sport season, and it’s not because they have two children on the Rockets’ football team.

10 things (recruiting-style) to be thankful for

In an ode to what my predecessor, Cody Westerlund, unveiled last year at this time, here's a list of 10 recruiting items to be thankful for with Thanksgiving fast approaching. Before the Lions, Cowboys, Jim Nantz, turkey, mashed potatoes, pies and tryptophan become the buzzwords of your world, we'll woo you into relaxation with this list.

Unity coaches band together

TOLONO — Dave Fink started teaching science at Unity Junior High the same year that Scott Hamilton began teaching mathematics in the same building.

Weekend Wrap — A few still playing

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 13 for the few who are still playing.

Abrahamson sets early tone for Rockets; Deters hits milestone

TOLONO — Since fifth grade, Jared Abrahamson wanted to be a starter on Unity’s varsity football team.

Now a senior, the defensive end is not just a starter but also a big part of the success for a program that has qualified for the state finals for the fourth time since 2000.

Unity cruises past Greenville into title game

TOLONO — Unity’s final football road trip will be its shortest.

And also, its most important.

The Rockets will make the 8.8-mile trek to Memorial Stadium on Friday to play in the state championship game for the fourth time in 13 years. They extended their season with an offensive explosion Saturday that resulted in a running clock against Greenville at Hicks Field.