Remember the runners-up

Remember the runners-up

2015 Class 3A

Bishop McNamara blew past Unity 50-7 after the Rockets fell behind 21-0 after a quarter and trailed 42-0 at halftime.

What was said then: "To get here and obviously not be more competitive was disappointing for us, but it's obviously not going to take away all that we accomplished." — coach Scott Hamilton

What is said now: "For coaches who try to get to that level, you get to that point where you reach a state championship game, it's a great feeling." — Hamilton, who coached his first of five state-finalist Unity teams in 2000.

2013 Class 3A

Stillman Valley stunned St. Joseph-Ogden 43-41 after a controversial overtime play, when an apparent fumble by Stillman Valley on the game-winning touchdown was not called and could not be reviewed.

What was said then: "Everyone makes mistakes, but the ball sure looked out. There's not much we can do about it." — then-coach Dick Duval on the possible fumble

What is said now: "We went down to Greenville (in 2013) in the semifinal game. ... Our kids were so focused and so locked in. I think that's one of the things I'll remember, is how locked in our kids were for that game." — Duval, now retired from coaching

2012 Class 3A

Aurora Christian got past Unity 42-12 after the Eagles overcame a 14-12 first-half deficit and rattled off four unanswered touchdowns in the final 8:01.

What was said then: "This is two years in a row I thought we had them where we wanted going into the fourth quarter." — Hamilton, referencing a 50-26 semifinal loss to Aurora Christian in 2011

2011 Class 1A

Dakota eclipsed Tuscola 41-27 when running back Jake Apple blitzed the Warriors for 373 yards as the Indians scored 28 unanswered points after trailing 14-0.

What was said then: "Our kids fought to the bitter end, and that's exactly how they've done it in the four years I've been at Tuscola." — then-coach Rick Reinhart

2010 Class 1A

Lena-Winslow surprised Tuscola 47-14 as the Warriors witnessed a running clock by the fourth quarter.

What was said then: "We just didn't have a good day. I don't really know how to put it. We just didn't have that spark today, for whatever reason." — Reinhart

2009 Class 3A

Stillman Valley outlasted Unity 52-22 despite the Rockets scoring on three of their first five possessions.

What was said then: "They achieved beyond what we thought they could do. It was a gutty group." — Hamilton

2007 Class 1A

Galena sprinted past Tuscola 35-7 as the Warriors, seeking a second consecutive title, were missing four starters and nine players overall after an underage drinking incident the weekend prior

What was said then: "It's terrible because you have a bunch of people that don't care about anybody but themselves. Plain and simple, end of story." — then-coach Stan Wienke, on the underage drinking incident

2007 Class 2A

Dakota trumped Westville 50-12 as the Tigers, runners-up to Maroa-Forsyth the season prior, fell short despite 249 all-purpose yards from tailback Caleb Pratt.

What was said then: "They're hurting now, but when they get to be old men, this is something they can brag about and cherish forever. They put Westville on the map." — coach Guy Goodlove

What is said now: "As a coach, it was a dream come true to play in the championship game. Going into the game, I was just excited for the moment, excited for the kids." — Goodlove, still Westville's current coach