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Top sports stories of 2018 No. 7: Maroa-Forsyth a staple at state football

Top sports stories of 2018 No. 7: Maroa-Forsyth a staple at state football

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Maroa-Forsyth made it three straight trips to the Class 2A football state championship game this season.

MAROA — Josh Jostes doesn't hide it: His vacations and family trips revolve around the IHSA football playoffs.

Why wouldn't they? Jostes coaches his Maroa-Forsyth to the state championship game on a seemingly yearly basis, and 2018 wasn't different.

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.

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.

Players like Gavin Clifton, Bryson Boes and Kadinn Morris erupted on the scene, setting the stage for another powerful year for the Trojans on offense.

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