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King leads Mac to the brink of another crown

November 20, 2018

Daily Journal staff report

Will Bishop McNamara be crowned a king of Illinois High School Association football once more?

The Fightin’ Irish certainly are in a position to ascend to the throne again after defeating Rochester 52-42 in a thrilling Class 4A semifinal playoff game Saturday, and if they do so by beating Immaculate Conception of Elmhurst in the 4A state title game Friday, senior tailback Tyshon King will almost certainly have something to do with it.

King tipped the scales in McNamara’s favor against Rochester by rushing for 337 yards and four touchdowns on 48 carries. While that type of production qualifies as a superior individual performance, King wasn’t about to take the sole credit for the victory.

“People can say I put the team on my back, (but) these guys make it so easy for me, and I wouldn’t trade them for anyone in the world,’’ he said.

McNamara will be appearing in its ninth state championship game on Friday, and vying for the sixth state championship in school history. The Irish last won it all in 2015.

Meanwhile, Herscher did not fare as well in its playoff seminal Saturday. The Tigers lost 42-0 to Byron in a Class 3A contest.

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