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Deep Dish Football Coach Big Pete's 2021 State Finals GOTWs & Preview Classes 1A-8A


By: Peter "Coach Big Pete" Leinweber


Its finally here IHSA Football Family..... 2021 IHSA State Finals will be happening this weekend after 2 years of waiting due to Covid. We made it people, and huge congratulations to the players, coaches, refs, trainers, personnel, ADs on a wonderful season. This weekend is about not only about those 16 teams but also about a celebration of Illinois High School Football. Imagine last year it was all doom and gloom, but now we have a reason to celebrate. From all over the state of Illinois we celebrate IHSA high school football in DeKalb starting Friday morning to Saturday night. Want to wish all of the competitors the best of luck this weekend and congratulate them on battling to the finals. I also want to thank all the teams that played this year, you kids went through some unstable times but you guys got a whole season done.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FROM ME AND MY FAMILY


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IHSA 2021 State Title Games

(Who is favored to win - Coach Big Pete talked to those team's rival coaches to see what they had to say)


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26

10:00 AM – Class 1A: Lena-Winslow vs. Carrollton

Lena-Winslow is headed to the State Finals for the 5th time. Carrollton entering the Finals for the 2nd time. Lena-Winslow has only had two losses this season to Forreston and DU-PEC. Carrollton only one loss and that was back in Week 1 to a Camp Point Central team.


Who is favored to win? Lena-Winslow


Players To Watch? Lena-Winslow's Rahmareon Roby, Luke Benson, Offensive Line

Carrollton's Grant Pohlman & Kyle Leonard



1:00 PM – Class 2A: Wilmington vs. Nashville

Wilmington is undefeated and has been a dominate force this whole season. Competing and beating numerous 3A and 4A schools. Nashville comebacks to state after a 2019 loss to Newman Central Catholic. Nashville also a miracle field goal winner against powerhouse St. Teresa in the Semifinals


Who is favored to win? Wilmington


Players To Watch? Wilmington's Allan Richards & Nick Sanford

Nashville Issac Turner


4:00 PM – Class 3A: Byron vs. Tolono Unity

Byron beat the monster in ICCP in the 3A Semifinals (epic comeback) on Saturday proving they belong in DeKalb. Tolono Unity has been the class of the 3A for the whole season being undefeated and just keep the rhythm going on defense. Coach Hamilton has been to the final dance but never won a title could this be his year?


Who is favored to win? Byron


Players To Watch? Byron's Chandler Brinkley & Nick Brass

Tolono Unity Austin McDaniel


7:00 PM – Class 4A: Joliet Catholic Academy vs. Sacred Heart-Griffin

Joliet Catholic has been the beast in the State of Illinois and most sure thing in IHSA football in Illinois. Their offensive line is one of the best units in the state of Illinois. Sacred Heart Griffin wins the Leonard Bowl in the Semifinal and has a hot hand with that passing attack. The biggest thing in the IHSA is that we will always be blessed with a presence of a Leonard on Thanksgiving Weekend.


Who is favored to win? Joliet Catholic


Players To Watch? Joliet Catholic's Offensive Line, Aidan Voss, Jordan Anderson, Vinny Innantone, Linebackers, Malachi Hood, ETC

SHG's Ty Lott, Keshon Singleton, Cory West, Offensive Line, Ty Lott, Linebacker Group, ETC.