Peoria High Riding Hess Express to State


What kind of impact has Geno Hess made for the Peoria High Lions?

How about a record-setting season that includes nearly 2,600 yards rushing and 43 touchdowns?

“I feel like all year, if I just played my best and played in the moment… knowing I gave my best, I am satisfied with that,” said Hess. “I wasn’t the best football player coming here. But now that I am here, I have developed into a better leader and a better person.”

The running back leads the Lions (12-1) into the state 5A title game against Vernon Hills (10-3). 

“Anytime you can add any additional person with that much speed, it’s going to be a benefit to you,” said Peoria High coach Tim Thornton. “Geno has done a good job with that. He works hard at practice, does the right thing, makes good decisions. He is a good kid in the classroom as well. I think that’s been real helpful, for sure.”

The championship game kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

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