SJ-O falls in state title game 43-41

Published 11/29 2013 09:44PM

Updated 11/29 2013 10:46PM

DEKALB -- It took overtime for someone to end St. Joseph-Ogden's magical playoff run, but the Spartans ran out of magic in the state title game as they fall 43-41 in overtime to the Stillman Valley Cardinals.  The game went back and forth all night long, and it came down to the final possessions in overtime.  Stillman Valley scored a touchdown and completed the two-point conversion to take a 43-35 lead.  SJ-O (11-3) responded with a touchdown of their own, but quarterback Dalton Walsh was sacked on his two-point conversion attempt ending the game.  The Spartans fall one win short of the state title, earning their fifth runner-up finish - all under head coach Dick Duval.

In Class 4A, the Rochester Rockets were held to a season-low 16 points, but they still found a way to win their fourth consecutive state title 16-8 over Geneseo.  Rochester becomes the first public school in IHSA history to win four state football championships in a row.

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