As we close out the 2019 season at Friday Night Drive, we're counting down the top 10 games of the year.
Games were nominated by our staff and voted on by our editors. Without further ado, No. 1 on our list of the top 10 games of 2019: Williamsville and Byron nearly set the Class 3A state title game scoring record.
Byron held a 10-point lead with 4:34 left in the Class 3A state championship, but Williamsville refused to go away.
Quarterback Conor McCormick twice connected with wide receiver Brendon Bishop for late touchdowns. The second came with only 30 seconds remaining as McCormick rolled out to evade the pass rush. Bishop, feeling his quarterback under pressure, broke off his route, raced to the corner of the end zone and made a sliding catch to put the Bullets ahead.
"I knew he'd make a break from his guy somehow," McCormick said after the 46-42 victory. "He got away from him and made a great play."
The 88 combined points was one shy of the 3A record set by Plano and St. Joseph-Ogden.
Bishop, who finished with three receiving TDS, tied former Kaneland receiver and current Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck's 3A title game reception record with nine, and set the yardage mark with 230. McCormick threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns.
The Bullets scored on their first five possessions. Byron on its first four.
The Tigers, who fell to Monticello, 24-20, in the 3A title game in 2018, opened up a 42-32 lead on Drake Snodgrass' 28-yard TD run.
Byron rushed for 449 yards, but McCormick's and Bishop's late heroics, denied the Tigers their first state title since 1999.
"What an incredible game. What incredible heart," Williamsville coach Aaron Kunz said afterward. "There were plenty of times we could have folded. Especially after they returned that onside kick. But like I've said all year this is a relentless group. They never quit tonight."
No. 10: Lincoln-Way East wins 8A title