MAROA — Josh Jostes doesn't hide it: His vacations and family trips revolve around the IHSA football playoffs.
The Trojans entered the Class 2A state championship game — for a remarkable third straight season — undefeated for the first time since winning the state championship in 2006 before losing to Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley for the second straight season.
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Maroa plowed through the regular season and playoffs, picking up signature wins over Williamsville — for the first time since joining the Sangamo — Athens, Tuscola and St. Teresa in a Class 2A state semifinal in what was dubbed the Macon County Super Bowl.
It was an impressive run for Jostes and Co., who had been to back-to-back state championship games just once before this current stretch, in 2009 and 2010.
Quarterback Ian Benner built on a strong sophomore season with an impressive junior year, establishing himself as one of the area's top-returning quarterbacks when he steps on the field next season. He's played in 42 games, the most possible for anyone after their junior season.