The GMCS Falcons and Maroa-Forsyth Trojans have been top 10 teams in Class 2A all season, so
it should be no surprise the two meet up for a state title Friday afternoon at Husky Stadium in DeKalb on the campus of Northern Illinois University.
GCMS Coach Mike Allen says his team was relatively unchallenged during the nine week regular season and took some questions about them playing four quarters to heart as they entered the postseason. He says the West Carroll quarterfinal matchup was a big test for their squad.
Head coach of the Maroa-Forsyth Trojans, Josh Jostes, says his team came through the first two weeks of the playoffs healthy and then had to come from behind in their quarterfinal and semi-final matchups.
Coach Allen says the best part of post-season football for his team is the continued reps they get and that is his focus in practices in these extra weeks of the season.
For Coach Jostes and the Trojans, it is similar in his program. He says in the past several years, their kids have played almost and extra season or two of games and gotten that much practice time as well.
Coach Allen is working around the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday by embracing it. He says they are planning a program dinner with the players and their families and then it'll be off to DeKalb.
This will be the second straight trip to the state finals for the Trojans and Coach Jostes says the trips are never routine, each one is special.
The opening kick from DeKalb Friday afternoon is 1 pm.