Updated: December 26, 2012 9:39AM
CHAMPAIGN — Aledo’s Devin Morford returned a fumble 95 yards and the Golden Eagles took advantage of six Althoff Catholic turnovers for a 14-7 victory in the Class 2A state football championship on Friday.
After Althoff scored first when Luke Frazier caught a 19-yard pass from Eric Mertens in the opening quarter, Aledo’s Jesse Snyder tied the game late in the second quarter on a 2-yard run.
Morford’s fumble return, the longest in state finals history, came in the third quarter and capped the scoring.
Led by 248 yards passing by Mertens and 101 yards rushing by Dennis Jackson, Althoff put up 357 yards of offense to Aledo’s 208.
Aurora Christian 42
CHAMPAIGN — Joey Bouagnon rushed for 95 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown run, to lead Aurora Christian over Tolono Unity for the Class 3A state championship.
Tolono’s Mitch Negangard had touchdown runs of 18 and 1 yard to give the Rockets a 12-0 first-quarter lead.
Aurora Christian battled back, scoring 42 unanswered points for the Eagles’ second-consecutive state title.
Brandon Mayes led the Eagles’ comeback with a 16-yard TD run and Cory Windle caught a 28-yard TD pass from Ryan McQuade to put the Eagles (13-1) up 14-12 over Tolono (12-2) at the break.
CHAMPAIGN — Quarterback Jack Hockaday scored his third of four rushing touchdowns with 3 minutes, 21 seconds left in the game, sealing the Class 1A state title for Maroa-Forsyth (13-1), which led 20-0 at halftime only to watch Stockton (13-1) score 24 points in the third quarter.