It was a cold conclusion to Palatine’s dream season Saturday.
The Pirates, who were looking to advance to a football state title game for the first time since 1994, came up a bit short, bowing out against top-seeded Loyola Academy 24-22 in the Class 8A semifinals in Palatine.
“I am very proud of the season and very proud of their effort tonight,” said Palatine coach Rick Splitt, whose 13th-seeded Pirates finished the season with a 10-3 mark. “The outcome was not great. They got us. They just made some plays that we couldn’t make.”
Loyola, which will meet Marist in the title game next Saturday, appeared to have things well in hand.