Here at With Leather, the Illinois state football playoffs are the most important thing in the world. The list goes Illinois state football playoffs, family, the economy, Kate Upton outtakes, world hunger. Rockford Boylan High was looking for a second round win against Oak Park Fenwick High en route to their third consecutive Class 7A state title, but down by seven with 10 seconds left in the game, it looked like all hope was lost. What happened next was the stuff of legends, and thankfully myself and Ashley Burns were on hand to provide commentary. At least I think that’s us. I don’t remember being in Illinois, but … well, whatever.
In a play that gives you an Al Bundy-level of high school football glory, Boylan’s Peter Cimino returned a punt 90 yards for a dramatic, come-from-behind touchdown with no time left on the clock. Boylan lined up for two and pulled off an amazing 22-21 victory. It’s every bit as great as it sounds.
All the while, the two guys calling the game went through an experience I can only describe as the MY GOD IT’S FULL OF STARS moment from 2001: A Space Odyssey in high school football form. You have never heard two more excited guys. They don’t know what to say so they just start saying sports stuff. DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES? DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES. DO YOU. DO YOU BELIEVE IN THOSE MIRACLES! YES, YES I DO BELIEVE IN THAT. BLEARGHHHH MIRACLES! It’s infectious.
My only complaint is that the 2-point conversion is a little anti-climactic. Can we teach the guy manning the JVC Slim Cam how to shoot an endzone dive in slow motion?
[via Prep Rally]