After a playoff run that saw the top two teams lose in the early rounds, Bolingbrook emerged as the undisputed No. 1 football team in Illinois. The Raiders used one of the best defenses in recent memory, along with star quarterback Aaron Bailey, to go 13-1 and win the Class 8A championship with a 21-17 victory over Loyola.
Bailey, a candidate for Gatorade State Player of the Year, is just a junior, so he should return next year to make Bolingbrook a favorite again in 2012.
Final 2011 POWERADE State Rankings
Bolingbrook (13-1) — Defeated Loyola, 21-17 (final regular season rank: No. 5)
Loyola (13-1) — Lost to Bolingbrook, 21-17 (final regular season rank: No. 4)
Montini (12-2) — Defeated Joliet Catholic, 70-45 (final regular season rank: NR)