July 8, 2017

2013 football gallery is back

Nearly four years ago, the PhotoNews covered 16 prep football games during the 2013 season. Led by head coach Dick Duval, St. Joseph-Ogden (11-3) displayed grit and determination week after week earning a spot in the Class 3A title game against Stillman Valley. It was a controversial 43-41 overtime thriller with the Spartans coming up 2 points short of winning the programs first state title.

That season we shot four Unity football contest including both the regular season match-up between the Rockets and the St. Teresa Bulldogs and their first round IHSA playoff game on November 2. Unity prevailed in the second meeting 27-13 avenging their earlier 31-21 loss a few days shy of month earlier.

Besides Unity and St. Joe, we caught dozens of action images of players from Tuscola, Argenta-Oreana, Marshall, Greenville, Clifton Central and more. Check out all the photos in our republished gallery section here. Below are our editor's picks of some of the exciting photos from the season.

St. Joseph-Ogden's Seth Griswell
Greenville, IL - St. Joseph-Ogden's Seth Griswell celebrates his team's semifinal football victory over Greenville. The Spartans (11-2) have another week of football to play advancing to state title game on the campus of Northern Illinois University to face the Stillman Valley Cardinals. SJO beat heavily favored Greenville (12-1) on a frigid November day, 44-21. See the complete gallery from the game back in 2013 here.

Warrior quarterback Nick Bates get tackled
Rockets' Tyler Crowl and a teammate slams Warrior quarterback Nick Bates to the turf during first quarter action on September 6. Tuscola lost the road crossover conference football game to Unity, 35-26. See all the photos from the game here . . .

Unity junior Taylor White avoids a tackle by a St. Teresa defender for a long gain.
Unity junior Taylor White avoids a tackle by a St. Teresa defender for a long gain during their November playoff game at Hicks Field. The Rockets powered their way passed the Bulldogs during their Class 3A first round contest, 27-13. There are 213 more game photos in our republished gallery here . . .

SJO Orion Ciota
St. Joseph-Ogden's Orion Ciota looks for running room during SJO's road game against Carterville on September 7. In an exciting contest decided in the final minute of play, the Lions defeated the Spartans by one point, 36-35.

Greenville quarterback Tyler Hutchinson
Greenville quarterback Tyler Hutchinson drops back to pass against SJO in their Class 3A semifinal football game. St. Joseph-Ogden went on to defeat their opponent 44-21 advancing to state title game at Huskie Stadium to face the Stillman Valley Cardinals. The Comets' season closed with a 12-1 finish. Hutchinson threw for 236 yards and one touchdown in the game completing 19 of 44 passes. See 72 more photos from the game . . .

Williamsville's Ozzie Kent and Spartans' Nick Barnes go at it
Williamsville's Ozzie Kent and Spartans' Nick Barnes go at it in the trenches during second half action of their playoff game at St. Joseph-Ogden at high school on November 16. The Bullets, caught off guard by their opponent's aggressive pass rush, lost their Class 3A quarterfinal football game to SJO, 38-26. It was the third consecutive season the Bullets season came to an abrupt end in the quarterfinals. View all 16 galleries from the 2013 season here . . .

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