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AJ Henning lifts the IHSA Class 8A state championship trophy as his teammates celebrate around him following Lincoln-Way East's 12-0 win over Warren on Saturday, Nov. 30, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb. Julie McMann/22nd Century Media
Steve Millar, Sports Editor
11:03 pm CST November 30, 2019

The members of Lincoln-Way East’s defense hold themselves to a high standard. The Griffins are always chasing perfection, and though they had not allowed an opponent to score more than 14 points all season, they felt they still had not played their best game on the defensive side.  

“Going throughout the year, we had bits and pieces where we had a quarter or two holding teams to one first down and negative yards,” senior defensive end Sean McLaughlin said. “We just had to pull a full 48 minutes together.”

What a time to do it.