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Every team starts the season with the goal of winning a state championship, but few have the will to follow through on that goal.
For 13 weeks, Bartlett managed to keep that objective squarely in sight.
On Saturday night, months of hard work, dedication and preparation weren't enough as Bartlett saw its best season in school history come to an end in a 23-6 loss to state powerhouse Maine South.
In this week's Courier Prep Football Weekly, Andy Rohr and Erik Jacobsen break down the Class 8A Semifinal between Bartlett and Maine South. Featuring analysis, interviews and Jacobsen's prediction. Here's the link.
SCHAUMBURG -- Bartlett's perfect season is still alive, but barely.
A four-possession lead late in the third quarter almost wasn't enough for the top-seeded Hawks as No. 13 Schaumburg mounted a furious 28-point rally to tie the score with 1:26 remaining Saturday night.
With momentum squarely on the side of the Saxons, Bartlett found a way to avoid a monumental collapse in the game's final minute.
The Hawks answered Schaumburg's tying touchdown with a critical 45-yard pass from quarterback Josh Hasenberg to receiver Alex VanNess on a stop-and-go route, setting up a 25-yard field-goal attempt for kicker Dan Karys.
Karys delivered, sending the ball through the uprights with 7.4 seconds left to lift Bartlett to a thrilling 38-35 victory in Class 8A state quarterfinal action.