Reaching the state final is the highest honor a high school sports team can receive. This weekend, the Cary-Grove football team will again get its shot at reaching the pinnacle of high school football in Illinois.
Being Thanksgiving weekend, it will be a time for families in Cary and Fox River Grove to gather together and then travel together to Champaign to support their team. It is a team, like so many others from the Fox Valley, that deserves your support.
The Trojans have gone 13-0 this season, and they’ve done it with a disciplined approach on both offense and defense. They haven’t always been the biggest team or the fastest team, but they’ve almost always been the best organized team on the field.
For that, we commend them and wish them luck heading into their 1 p.m. game Saturday in the Class 6A state final against fellow undefeated Crete-Monee (13-0) at Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Illinois.
Win or lose, we know they will make all McHenry County sports fans proud. In their last trip to the state finals, in 2009, they certainly did. The same goes for Richmond-Burton and Prairie Ridge last season.
Saturday will be a day that most of these Cary-Grove athletes will remember, and likely cherish, for the rest of their lives. So we wish them the best of luck in their endeavor.
This week, we have done our best to tell the story of the Cary-Grove football family to our readers. We hope that you have enjoyed it. And we hope that you are better informed as you travel to Champaign or tune your television to Comcast Sports Net to watch the Trojans play on Saturday afternoon.