Montini 33 St. Francis 14
Montini Quarterback John Rhode threw three touchdown passes in his season debut as the Broncos defeated St. Francis 33-14 in Lombard Friday night.
Rhode, a senior transfer from Marian Catholic, missed the first five games of the season as he recovered from a broken thumb. Rhode did not see the field in the first half on Friday either because the Montini (4-2, 2-1) coaching staff wanted to work him in slowly.
However, Rhode quickly made an impact once he took the field. Rhode tossed three touchdown passes in the second half, including two to star wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp.
“It was great to see him come in there and play how he played. He’s the player of the game, being able to come off a thumb injury like that and throw the ball like he did, that’s unbelievable,” said the Nebraska-bound Westerkamp.
Montini head coach Chris Andriano said after the game that Rhode will be the Broncos starting quarterback going forward.
St. Francis (4-2, 1-2) held the ball for nearly seven minutes during a 14-play drive to start the game. The Spartans were unable to get any points out of the drive after they turned the ball over on downs deep in Broncos territory.
Montini running back Dimitri Taylor ran 12 yards for a touchdown on the ensuing drive, putting the Broncos up 7-0 late in the first quarter.
Mark Gorogianis handled the quarterbacking duties for the Broncos in the first half. Gorogianis connected with Westerkamp on a five yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter that put the Broncos up 13-0.
On the Spartans first drive of the second half, running back Jack Petrando found the end zone from two yards out, cutting the lead to 13-7.
The Broncos quickly responded on their next drive with Rhode’s first touchdown of the season, a nine yard pass to Westerkamp that put Montini up 20-7.
St. Francis cut the Broncos’ lead to six again early in the fourth quarter after Petrando rushed two yards for his second touchdown of the night. Petrando finished the game with 28 carries for 82 yards and the two touchdowns.
The Broncos were once again able to respond with a touchdown on their ensuing possession. Rhode connected with wide receiver Joe Borsellino on a 23 touchdown pass that put Montini up 27-14 with six and half minutes left in the fourth quarter.
“That was really great to see that we were able to offensively put some stuff together and move the ball and score immediately after they had scored,” said Andriano. “It kept us in that comfortable position. When your offense is able to do that, it’s a real confidence and momentum builder for your team.”
Rhode’s second touchdown pass to Westerkamp, a 22 yard connection, put the Broncos up 33-14 with just two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Westerkamp finished the game with 8 catches for 81 yards and three touchdowns.
[2:24] MON Dimitri Taylor 12 yard run (PAT good) – 7-0 MON
[10:05] MON Mark Gorogianis 5 yard pass to Jordan Westerkamp (PAT no good) – 13-0 MON
[7:26] SF Jack Petrando 2 yard run (PAT good) – 13-7 MON
[6:35] MON John Rhode 9 yard pass to Jordan Westerkamp (PAT good) – 20-7 MON
[8:03] SF Jack Petrando 2 yard run (PAT good) – 20-14 MON
[6:38] MON John Rhode 23 yard pass to Joe Boresllino (PAT good) – 27-14 MON
[2:04] MON John Rhode 22 yard pass to Jordan Westerkamp (PAT good) – 33-14 MON