If you look at the pregame stats from the Chilli Bowl and the Mi-America Classic, you would probably draw a conclusion favoring Normal West Wildcats and Eastern Illinois Panthers. Normal Community and Normal West had met the same two opponent the first two weeks of the season. Normal Community lost to both leaving them at 0-2. West had beaten both of those teams for a 2-0 record. Well, all bets are off when any intercity teams are playing each other. Add in a pinch of weather for good measure and home field advantage and it took on a completely different look and result with the Ironmen topping and even dominating West.
#24 ranked Eastern Illinois came to Hancock Stadium to topple unranked Illinois State. Home field advantage on this older than old rivalry and Family Day activities and that 15 mph breeze probably didn't hurt or help and it was an upset. ISU left 2-0 for the season, Eastern went south without the trophy and probably a lower ranking for next week.
Alan Look Photography was there. Galleries are below and there will be more coverage in the Normalite Newspapers and in Best Look Magazine. Return to Alan Look Photography every week for more of the Best Look in Sports Action Photography in Bloomington Normal and McLean County.
20140912 NCWHS at NCHS - Chili Bowl - Images by Alan Look
20140913 Mid-America Classic, Eastern Illinois at illinois State football photos - Images by Alan Look