Over the past 39 years, the IHSA football state finals have formed a rich history of great players, exciting games and memorable moments.
The championships have been played at the University of Illinois, Northwestern and Illinois State during that time, but never have been hosted by Northern Illinois University until this weekend.
Here's a quick look at the extensive history of the IHSA football state finals as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.
1974: First state football finals held at Illinois State University, featuring five classes.
1980: Playoffs expand to six classes
1981: Class 5A and 6A title games moved to Northwestern University
1985: Playoffs expanded from 16 teams to 32 teams in each class. 5A, 6A games moved back to Illinois State.
1994: Playoffs are seeded for the first time
1999: All championships are moved to the University of Illinois
2001: Playoffs expand to eight classes of 32 teams each.
2013: State championships move to Northern Illinois University for the first time
CURRENT NIU HUSKIES WHO HAVE PLAYED IN IHSA STATE FINALS
Chad Beebe, Aurora Christian
Joel Bouagnon, Aurora Christian
Tate Briggs, Montini Catholic
Jacob Brinlee, Lake Zurich
Sean Folliard, Prairie Ridge
Brandon Mayes, Aurora Christian
Draco Smith, Chicago Mt. Carmel
Kellen Winslow 1974 East St. Louis
Mike Mallory 1980 DeKalb
Donovan McNabb 1991 Mt. Carmel
Mike Alstott 1991 Joliet Catholic
Simeon Rice 1991 Mt. Carmel
Brian Bulaga 2006 Marian Central
Joliet Catholic 13
Mt. Carmel 11
Providence Catholic 9
Addison (Driscoll) 8
East St. Louis 7
Wheaton Warrenville South 7
Maine South 5
Lombard Montini 5
LOCAL TEAMS RESULTS
1980 DeKalb 11-2. 4A runner-up. Lost 10-7 to Belleville Althoff Catholic.
1977 Genoa-Kingston 13-0. 1A state champion. Beat Arcola 18-0.
1997 Kaneland 14-0. 3A state champion. Beat Harrisburg 31-7
1998 Kaneland 14-0. 3A state champion. Beat Nashville 21-7
TITLE GAME RECORDS
MOST PASSING YARDS
587 – John Rhode, Lombard Montini, 2011
MOST RUSHING YARDS
515 – Ty Isaac, Joliet Catholic, 2011
MOST RECEIVING YARDS
353 – Jordan Westerkamp, Lombard Montini, 2011
PUNT RETURN TOUCHDOWNS
2 – Stan Walker, Hampshire, 1976