Polo advances to 8-man football state championship

POLO, Ill. (WIFR) Polo's relentless offense was too much for River Ridge Friday night in the Illinois 8-Man Football Association state semifinals, as the Marcos advance to the state title game with a 64-20 win.

After a scoreless first few minutes, Polo used big play after big play to put points on the board. Tucker Mumford threw a swing pass to Jace Coffey, the senior broke a couple tackles and took off for a 77-yard score.

Next Marcos possession, Alex Davies took the hand-off and found pay dirt from 86-yards out to make it 12-0 Polo.

After the Wildcats fumbled the ensuing kickoff, the Polo offense went back to work. Mumford dropped back to pass, but could not find anyone open, scrambled and found the endzone for the 16-yard score and an 18-0 lead late in the first quarter.

Polo would take a 24-6 lead early in the second, but River Ridge would not go away easily. Bryton Engle connected with Sam Whitmer on a slant pass. The junior broke a tackle and took it to the house for a 50-yard score.

A minute later, the Wildcats went to the air once again. This time, Engle dropped a dime to Caleb Rhodes for his second score of the half to cut the Polo lead to 24-20.

However, with under a minute to play in the half, the Marcos extended their lead, thanks to a Coffey 5-yard touchdown run.

Polo led 32-20 at the half and never looked back, blanking River Ridge in the second half to pick up the victory.

The Marcos will play at Monmouth College on Friday, November 22 for the I8FA state championship. This is Polo's first season in the 8-man league.