Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Illinois 4A Preview Capsule

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Illinois 4A Preview Capsule

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Coaches * Phillips Academy, Troy McAllister; Althoff, Ken Turner.

Semifinal score * Phillips Academy 47, Marengo 13; Althoff 48, Mater Dei 20.

Last championship appearance * Phillips, 2014 (Rochester 49, Phillips Academy 28); Althoff, 2012 (Mercer County 14, Althoff 7).

Preview championship appearances * Phillips, 1 (0-1); Althoff, 4 (3-1).

Rankings * Phillips Academy, No. 2 Illinois AP; Althoff, No. 1 small school, No. 4 Illinois AP.

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Notes * This is the second consecutive championship game appearance for the Wildcats, who to Rochester in the 2014 title game. They are the program's only title-game appearances. ... The Wildcats are hoping to become the first Chicago public school team to win a state title. The only other Chicago public school to make a championship game was Robeson in 1982. ... Althoff has won three state championships, the first in 1980 in Class 3A and then consecutive 4A titles in 1989 and 1990. ... Althoff and Phillips have never played.

About Phillips Academy * The Wildcats are part of the Chicago Public League. The school has an enrollment of just less than 600 and is located on the city's south side in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood. Crooners Nat King Cole and Sam Cooke and actress Marla Gibbs are alums. ... Phillips defensive coordinator Mike Larson was a three-sport letterman at Mascoutah. ... Phillips relies on a punishing run game behind a big, aggressive offensive line. Its defense has posted five shutouts and limited four other teams to one touchdown. ... Junior tailback Kamari Mosby (5-11, 185) paces the run game with 2,246 yards and 18 TDs. ... Senior quarterback and Connecticut commit Quayvon Skanes (6-0, 180) is also a threat with 1,317 yards and 39 touchdowns. Mosby and Skanes have combined for 41 2-point conversions. …

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