Lemont High School Blue & Gold Backers vying for IHSA “Pork & Pigskins” title

Lemont High School Blue & Gold Backers vying for IHSA “Pork & Pigskins” title

Lemont High School’s football program already has clinched its 16th playoff berth in 17 seasons, and while head coach Bret Kooi’s team has state championship aspirations, there’s a new state title on the line this season. The Illinois High School Association has set the field for its inaugural “Pork & Pigskins Championship” to crown the best concession pork chop sandwich among Illinois high schools, and Lemont High School’s Blue & Gold Backers are asking for the community’s votes to help it advance in the competition!


The game night football experience at Lemont High School is one of the best in the state, and the Blue & Gold Backers pork chop sandwich is renowned throughout the area and among conference schools. Lemont community members are encouraged to vote frequently for their favorite pork chop sandwich!

The Pork & Pigskins Championship, which is sponsored by the IHSA and the Illinois Pork Producers Association, will include 79 schools divided into four regions. Lemont is included in the Yorkshire Region, as are South Suburban Conference-Blue Division foes T.F. North and T.F. South.


  • Online voting for the opening round began on Monday, October 4, and will close at 8 a.m. on Friday, October 8. Click here to vote now! Fans can vote as many times as they would like before 8 a.m. on October 8!
  • The top four vote-getters in each region will advance to the “Savory 16”, which will feature in-person judging between October 9-22.
  • The “Flavorful Four” will be revealed on the IHSA Playoff Pairing Preview Show (NFHS Network - Saturday, October 23 - 7:30 p.m.).
  • “Flavorful Four” online voting will occur between November 1-4. The Pork & Pigskins State Champion will be revealed at halftime of the IHSA Class 6A Football State Championship at Northern Illinois University on Saturday, November 27.

Fans can share their favorite pork chops on social media with #PorkandPigskins for the duration of the contest.

The winning school will receive a prize package from the Illinois Pork Producers Association that includes a $500 reimbursement on their pork purchase for next season, a state championship banner, and a golden spatula for the winner.