By Al Zipsie

Lena-Winslow now leads with the most football state championships winning their fourth Friday at Northern Illinois University at Huskie Stadium.
The Panthers finished the season unbeaten for the and won the title for the second time in three years, Lena-Winslow set a record for most points in a 1A championship game whipping Mowequa Central AM 58-20 Friday, South Beloit had held the record scoring 50 points in the title game in 2002. Sean Ormiston the Panthers senior running back set a 1A championship game record with five rushing touchdowns and six total touchdowns. He passed Lena-Winslow's Rahveon Valentine from 2017 with an NUIC new career-best 4,749 rushing yards and 67 touchdowns. For the season Ormiston racked up 1,954 yards and 28 touchdowns at a lofty 9.2 yards per carry.
The Central AM coach agreed this could be the best 1A football state champion in state history and could beat and play with any 1A through 4A school this year. The Central quarterback added he though the Lena-Winslow line was 10 times better than anything they have ever faced. It was the 21st state championship won by the best small-school conference in the state, the NUIC. 16 of the 21 titles have been won by four schools. The Panthers now have the most ever state titles in the NUIC with four. Aquin, Dakota, Galena and Forreston all are next with three each. Stockton has two and the most state games in with six. Eastland/Pearl City, Orangeville, and Amboy have all won one each. Lena-Winslow also won the title in 2010, 2013, 17 and 19. The Panthers coach Ric Arand now has the most coaching state titles in the NUIC with four. He is tied with Stockton coach John O'Boyle with the most state final appearances with four each. Arand passed Jerry Lano of Dakota with most state championship with four. Lano is next at three. It is hard to compare past teams. All the state champions have been tough, this year's Panthers do add to the legacy of the NUIC.
The Panthers defense led by Iowa bound Isaiah Bruce was to tough. And on offense Ormiston had touchdowns runs of 23, 35 where he surpassed the NUIC career rushing record, one, five and 26 yards. His sixth and final touchdown was a 46-yard interception for a pick-six and a 50-12 and a 50-12 lead. Sophomore quarterback Luke Benson hooked up with Kade Chrisman. The first Benson to Chrisman touchdown was good for 66 yards and the first lead of the game. Benson then found Chrisman later for a 21 yard TD strike to set off a running clock and a 58-12 lead.
Lena-Winslow is fifth in all-time state hardware. For a look at all-time NUIC team state hardware go to Facebook NUIC Sports. It's a running tally of all-time state hardware and includes Lena-Winslow's sixth state title in school history along with Polo in 8 man football and Warren a Wisconsin state championship in a Coop all won this fall. Dakota and West Carroll Consolidation (Mt. Carroll/Savanna/Thomson) are tied with the most hardware won ever at 15. Dakota has the most state championships with nine.
Also in Dekalb, Friday from the Stateline Sterling Newman won the 2A crown over Nashville 35-14. Byron lost to Williamsville 46-42 in 3A and settle as state runner up for the second straight year. Richmond Burton won the 4A title with a 51-14 victory over Murphysboro.
Here are the NUIC North and South all-conference football teams as voted on by the coaches.
MVP. Dick DeHaven Award. Isaiah Bruce. Senior. Lena-Winslow.
North. 1st Team. Offense. # Unanimous.
Quarterback. Hunter Hoffman. Du/Pec. Sophomore. Zach Meyer. East Dubuque. Senior.
Running backs. Jason Herman. Stockton. Junior. #. Sean Ormiston. Lena-Winslow. Senior. #. Marey Roby. Lena-Winslow. Sophomore. Garret Rodebaugh. Orangeville. Senior.
Tight end. Isaiah Bruce. Lena-Winslow. Senior. #. Zach Baker. Orangeville. Junior.
Ends. Gabe Howard. Du/Pec. Junior. #. Kade Chrisman. Lena-Winslow. Senior.
Offensive line. Gennings Dunker. Lena-Winslow. Junior. #. Cody Schultz. Stockton. Senior. #. Ethan Gift. Lena-Winslow. Senior. Cade Janecke. Orangeville. Senior. Luke Schwarze. Dakota. Senior.
Center. Zach Cook. Stockton. Senior. Joe Lenz. Lena-Winslow. Senior.
Defense. 1st Team. Defensive line. Isaiah Bruce. Lena-Winslow. Senior. #. Gennings Dunker. Lena-Winslow. Junior. Ethan Gift. Lena-Winslow. Senior. Jonah Hayes. East Dubuque. Senior. Cody Schultz. Stockton. Senior. Luke Schwarze. Dakota Senior. Ronnell Valentine. Lena-Winslow. Senior.
Linebackers. Cade Janecke. Senior. Orangeville. #. Sean Ormiston. Lena-Winslow. Senior. #. Kade Chrisman. Lena-Winslow. Senior. Josh Clark. Dakota. Senior. Case Harmston. Stockton. Junior. Drew McGovern. Stockton. Senior.
Defensive backs. Garret Rodebaugh. Orangeville. Senior. #. Jensen Block. Lena-Winslow. Junior. Gabe Howard. Du-Pec. Junior. Carter Kleckler. Orangeville. Senior. Caden Moyer. Dakota. Junior. Jaden Rice. Stockton. Junior.
Punter. Quinton Heilemeier.  Dakota. Junior.
Kicker. Tyler Kormoczy. Du/Pec. Junior.
Utility player. Austin Chumbler. Stockton. Sophomore.  Evan Riggle. Dakota. Senior.
Sportsmanship award. Galena.
North. Second Team. Offense.
Quarterback. Luke Benson. Lena-Winslow. Sophomore.
Running backs. Peyton Bauer. Galena. Junior. Chase Jordan. Orangeville. Junior. Ronnell Valentine. Lena-Winslow. Senior.
Tight end. Jacob Kleckner. Dakota. Junior. Hon Men. Gavin Keefer. Stockton. Junior.
Ends. Carter Kleckler. Orangeville. Senior. Tre Stifter. Du/Pec. Junior. Hon Men. Sam Hesselbacher. Galena. Junior.
Offensive Line. Blake Bury. Du/Pec. Senior. Gabe Garcia. Galena. Sophomore. Case Harmston. Stockton. Junior. Hon Men. Drew McGovern. Stockton. Senior.
Center. Hon Men. . Cody Richardson. Du/Pec. Senior.
Defense. 2nd Team.
Defensive line. Blake Bury. Du/Pec. Senior. Jared Stubbe. Orangeville. Sophomore. Hon Men. Chase Bowen. Orangeville. Junior. David Garcia. Galena. Senior. Bryant Keefer. Stockton. Senior. Justin Wishard. Du/Pec. Senior.
Linebackers. Peyton Bauer. Galena. Junior. Hudson Humphrey. Lena-Winslow. Senior. Cody Richardson. Du/Pec. Senior. Zack Schulting. East Dubuque. Senior. Hon Men. Cole Gerber. Lena-Winslow. Junior.
Defensive backs. Winston McPeek. Stockton. Senior. Tre Stifter. Du/Pec. Junior. Hon Mne. Andrew Haas. Stockton. Junior. Damian Stephenpoulos. Galena. Senior.
Punter. Zach Baker. Orangeville Junior. Hon Men. Zach Meyer. East Dubuque. Senior.
Kicker. Hon Men. Max Amendt. Lena-Winslow. Junior.
Utility player. Hon Men. Eli Smith. Du/Pec. Senior.
NUIC. South.
MVP. Gordy Nesiemier Award. Will Gustafson. Aquin. Junior.
1st Team. Offense.
Quarterback. Will Gustafson. Aquin. Junior. #.
Running backs. Aiden Sullivan. West Carroll. Senior. #. Austin Norman. Amboy. Senior. #. Ty Stykel. Aquin. Junior. #. Logan Krell. E/PC. Junior. Ethan Mulder. Forreston. Senior.
Tight end. Jacob Boomgarden. Forreston. Senior. #. Michael Popkin. West Carroll. Senior. #.
Ends. Marcus Winn. Amboy. Senior. #. Brennan Carlson. Aquin. Junior.
Offensive Line. Brady Carlisle. Aquin. Senior. #. Derek DeVries. Forreston. Senior. #. Eli Dertz. E/PC. Senior. #. Zach King. West Carroll. Senior. Bryson Sturtevant. E/PC. Senior. Luke Schwarze. Dakota. Senior. Blake Bury. Du/Pec. Senior.
Center. Tanner Kuhl. Aquin. Senior. #.
Defense. 1st Team.
Defensive line. Kody Sipe. West Carroll. Senior. #. Derek DeVries. Forreston. Senior. #. Tyler Geiken. Aquin. Senior. Eli Dertz. E/PC. Senior. Brady Carlisle. Senior. Aquin.
Linebackers. Ethan Mulder. Forreston. Senior. #. Braden Heeren. E/PC. Senior. #. Marcus McKenna. Senior. Milledgeville. Zach King. West Carroll. Senior. Aiden Curry. Aquin. Junior.
Defensive backs. Michael Popkin. West Carroll. Senior. #. Marcus Winn. Amboy. Senior. #. Will Gustafson. Aquin. Junior. #. Travis Kaney. E/PC. Senior.
Punter. Aiden Gassman. Aquin. Junior.
Kicker. Evan Broge. Aquin. Sophomore. #.
Utility player. Andrew Bowman. Aquin. Junior.
Sportsmanship Award. Amboy.
South. 2nd Team. Offense.
Quarterback. Hon Men. Derek Tracy. West Carroll. Senior. Bailey Culler. Forreston. Senior.
Running backs. Dom Christensen. Forreston. Senior.
Tight end. Hon Men. Carson Clouse. E/PC. Senior.
Ends. Andrew Bowman. Aquin. Junior. Hon Men. Braydin Preston. E/PC. Senior.
Offensive line. Hayden Neunendorf. Aquin. Junior. Wyatt Hammer. E/PC/ Senior. Hon Men. Jacob Dye. Forreston. Senior. John McCombie. West Carroll. Senior.
Center. Hon Men. Alex Mull. West Carroll Junior.
Defense. 2nd Team.
Defensive Line. Bryson Sturtevant. E/PC. Senior. Hon Men. Wyatt Hammer. E/PC. Senior. Hayden Neudendorf. Aquin. Junior. Tanner Kuhl. Aquin. Junior. Sam Lauer. A/FC. Senior.
Linebackers. Aiden Sullivan. West Carroll. Senior. Sean Fitzpatrick. Amboy. Junior. Hon Men. Damon Miller. Milledgeville. Junior. Jacob Boomgarden. Forreston. Senior.
Defensive backs. Ryan Kendall. Milledgeville. Junior. Dom Christensen. Forreston. Senior. Hon Men. Jackson Miller. West Carroll. Senior. Rodney Ramirez. A/FC/ Junior. Brennan Carlson. Aquin. Junior.
Punter. Xavier Contreras. A/FC. Senior.
Kicker. Hon Men. Maxim Ryjov. Amboy. Senior.
Utility player. Peyton Lanning. A/FC. Junior.
STATELINE SPORTS HUB. NUIC All-Conference. Football. 1st Team. More selective. Combines both the NUIC North and South.
Offense.
Quarterback. Will Gustafson. Aquin. Junior.
Running backs. Sean Ormiston. Lena-Winslow. Senior. Jason Herman. Stockton. Junior.
Tight end. Isaiah Bruce. Lena-Winslow. Senior.
Ends. Marcus Winn. Amboy. Senior. Ty Howard. Du/Pec. Junior.
Center. Tanner Kuhl. Aquin. Senior.
Offensive Line. Gennings Dunker. Lena-Winslow. Junior. Derek DeVries. Forreston. Senior. Cody Schultz. Stockton. Senior. Eli Dertz. E/PC. Senior.
Defense. 1st Team.
Defensive line. Isaiah Bruce. Lena-Winslow. Senior. Kody Sipe. West Carroll. Senior. Ethan Gift. Lena-Winslow. Senior. Derek DeVries. Senior. Forreston. Brady Carlisle. Aquin. Senior.
Linebackers. Sean Ormiston. Lena-Winslow. Senior. Ethan Mulder. Forreston, Senior. Cade Janecke.Orangeville. Senior.
Defensive backs. Garret Rodebaugh. Orangeville. Senior. Michael Popkin. West Carroll. Senior. Carter Kleckler. Orangeville. Senior.
Offense. Honorable Mention.
Quarterback. Hunter Hoffman. Du/Pec. Sophomore.
Running backs. Marey Roby. Lena-Winslow. Sophomore. Garret Rodebaugh. Orangeville. Senior. Austin Norman. Amboy. Senior. Ty Stykel. Aquin. Junior. Aiden Sullivan. West Carroll. Senior.
Tight end. Michael Boomgarden. Forreston. Senior. Zach Baker. Orangeville. Junior.
Ends. Kade Chrisman. Lena-Winslow. Senior. Brennan Carlson. Aquin. Junior. Andrew Bowman. Aquin. Junior.
Offensive lineman. Ethan Gift. Lena-Winslow. Senior. Brady Carlisle. Aquin. Senior. Bryson Sturtevant. E/PC. Senior. Luke Schwarze. Dakota. Senior. Blake Bury. Du/Pec. Senior.
Center. Zach Cook. Stockton. Senior. Joe Lenz. Lena-Winslow. Senior.
Defense. Honorable Mention.
Defensive Line. Gennings Dunker. Lena-Winslow. Junior. Eli Dertz.E/PC. Senior. Tyler Geiken. Senior. Aquin. Cody Schultz. Stockton. Senior. Jonah Hayes. East Dubuque. Senior. Ronnell Valentine. Lena-Winslow. Senior.
Linebackers. Braden Heeren. E/PC. Senior. Zach King. Senior. West Carroll. Kade Chrisman. Lena-Winslow. Senior. Josh Clark. Dakota. Senior. Drew McGovern. Stockton. Senior.
Defensive backs. Marcus Winn. Amboy. Senior. Will Gustafson. Aquin. Junior.
Kicker. 1st Team. Evan Broge. Aquin. Sophomore.
Punter. 1st Team. Quinton Heilemieer. Dakota. Junior.