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Montini Beats Walther Lutheran 75-0 In The Battle of The Broncos

Montini 75 Walther Lutheran 0

Quarterback John Rhode threw four touchdown passes as Montini completely dominated Walther Lutheran Saturday afternoon, winning the battle of the Broncos 75-0 in Melrose Park.

Rhode has now thrown for over 800 yards and 15 touchdowns in just over eight quarters of play since making his Bronco debut Sept. 30 against St. Francis. Rhode, a transfer from Marian Catholic, missed the first five games of the season recovering from a fractured right thumb.

“John Rhode is a special quarterback. We’ve had him for two full games now. He’s very good at reading defenses and getting the ball to the open guys,” said Montini Head Coach Chris Andriano. “He is a difference maker for us. We should be very well prepared with him when it comes to the playoffs. He’s going to be a big plus.”

Montini (6-2, 3-1) has won four straight games and has scored 222 points over that stretch.

Rhode’s first touchdown pass of the day came on a 50 yard connection with wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp. Westerkamp also caught a one yard pass for a touchdown in the second quarter. The Nebraska-bound receiver finished the game with 8 catches for 183 yards.

Montini’s second touchdown of the day came out of the “JoeCat” offense. On fourth down and two, Joe Borsellino took a direct snap and ran 19 yards for a touchdown that put Montini up 17-0 with four minutes left in the first quarter.

Wide Receiver Anthony Taylor also had a big day for Montini. The senior caught three passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns, including a 56 yard grab that put the Broncos up 45-0 right before halftime.

Running back Dimitri Taylor had touchdown runs of one and 42 yards for Montini.

Even the Montini offensive lineman got in on the scoring. With eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Walther Lutheran punter Paul Stahlke’s rugby style punt landed in the arms of Tony Michelon and the big junior ran seven yards into the end zone to put the Broncos up 75-0.

Not to be overshadowed, the Montini defense also had a dominant performance. The Broncos defense did not allow Walther Lutheran to get past the 50 yard line and only gave up 24 total yards.

Iowa-bound Jaleel Johnson and the rest of the Montini defensive line wrecked havoc all game long.

“That was the best game to date up front defensively. I thought we pretty much snuffed everything out,” said Andriano. “It was very good to see that our run defense and our pass rush became a factor for us today, it was great for our defensive guys.”



[9:27] MON Andrew Harte 35 yard field goal – 3-0 MON

[7:32] MON John Rhode 50 yard pass to Jordan Westerkamp (PAT good) – 10-0 MON

[4:35] MON Joe Borsellino 19 yard run (PAT good) – 17-0 MON

[2:07] MON John Rhode 44 yard pass to Anthony Taylor (PAT good) – 24-0 MON


[10:14] MON Dimitri Taylor 2 yard run (PAT good) – 31-0 MON

[4:35] MON John Rhode 1 yard pass to Jordan Westerkamp (PAT good) – 38-0 MON

[2:21] MON John Rhode 56 yard pass to Anthony Taylor (PAT good) – 45-0 MON


[11:09] MON Dimitri Taylor 42 yard run (PAT good) – 52-0 MON

[7:07] MON Longan Gross 12 yard run (PAT good) – 59-0 MON

[3:55] MON Safety – 61-0 MON

[2:00] MON Jack Williams 45 yard run (PAT good) – 68-0 MON


[8:30] MON Tony Michelon 7 yard punt return (PAT good) – 75-0 MON


John Rhode, QB, Montini: QB John Rhode: 12-17, 347 yards, 4 touchdowns

Jordan Westerkamp, WR, Montini: 8 recs, 183 yards, 2 touchdowns

I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times. It also appears on yourseason.com

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Nazareth Runs Past Riverside-Brookfield

Nazareth 44 Riverside-Brookfield 6

Nazareth lived up to its nickname once again Friday night as the Roadrunners ran past Riverside-Brookfield 44-6 on homecoming in Riverside.

“It was just all-around a great game for us,” said Nazareth linebacker Aeneas White. “Our coach came in this week and talked to us about how important this game was, it being their homecoming, and how amped up they’d be for the game. We just came out here and did what we were told to do.”

Nazareth took a 7-0 lead just two minutes into the game when quarterback Sam Poulos threw an 18 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Carl Jackson.

Running back Kevin Curtin then put Nazareth up 14-0 after he ran one yard for a touchdown on the Roadrunners’ next drive.

White recovered a fumble on the ensuing Bulldogs possession and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown, putting the Roadrunners up 20-0 at the end of the first quarter.

“We just played like we have the whole season. Fundamentals, mechanics, that’s how it gets done,” said White, who also contributed on offense with two carries for 83 yards.

Matthew Ramsey’s 27 yard field goal put the Roadrunners up 23-0 with 6:30 left in the second quarter. Ramsey also had six touchbacks on kickoffs.

The Roadrunners got back into the end zone on their next possession. Running back Joshua Moore ran 34 yards for his first touchdown of the game, putting Nazareth on top 30-0.

Moore led the Roadrunners with 13 carries for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

Moore has played well since taking over the number one job after Rudy Romagnano injured his ankle on the first snap of Nazareth’s win over Joliet Catholic on Sept. 30.

“He’s [Moore] not really filling in, him and Rudy are like the one-two-punch, so he’s just taking on more of the load,” said Nazareth Head Coach Tim Racki.” Him and Rudy are tight friends, so he takes pride in taking on more of that load.”

Racki is hopeful that Romagnano will return this season.

“He’s a real tough kid. We hope to get him back, but when, I don’t know,” said Racki.

Poulos finished off the first-half scoring for the Roadrunners with a one yard touchdown run in the final minute of the second quarter. Nazareth led 37-0 at halftime.

Moore ran two yards for his second touchdown of the game just a minute into the third quarter and the Roadrunners led 44-0.

The Nazareth offense had no turnovers and was able to score on its first six possessions of the game.

Riverside-Brookfield avoided a shutout when quarterback Dylan Beketic connected with wide receiver Joe Odeh on a two yard touchdown pass with five minutes remaining in the third quarter.


[8:58] NAZ Sam Poulos 18 yard pass to Carl Jackson (PAT good) – 7-0 NAZ

[2:06] NAZ Kevin Curtin 1 yard run (PAT good) – 14-0 NAZ

[1:37] NAZ Aeneas White 58 yard fumble return (PAT no good) – 20-0 NAZ


[6:31] NAZ Matthew Ramsey 27 yard field goal – 23-0 NAZ

[4:30] NAZ Joshua Moore 34 yard run (PAT good) – 30-0 NAZ

[0:36] NAZ Sam Poulos 1 yard run (PAT good) – 37-0 NAZ


[11:14] NAZ Joshua Moore 2 yard run (PAT good) – 44-0 NAZ

[5:10] RB Dylan Beketic 2 yard pass to Joe Odeh (PAT no good) – 44-6 NAZ


Joshua Moore, RB, Nazareth: 13 carries, 118 yards, 2 touchdowns

Aeneas White, LB/RB, Nazareth: 2 carries, 83 yards; 58 yard fumble recovery touchdown

I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times. It also appears on yourseason.com.

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Week Eight Preview #2: Montini at Walther Lutheran

Montini (5-2, 3-1) at Walther Lutheran (2-5, 1-3), 1 pm Saturday in Melrose Park, IL

Montini WR Joe Borsellino looks for a hole


Montini (Second place, Suburban Christian Blue) –

Week One: 26-21 win vs Palatine

Week Two: 41-24 loss at Loyola

Week Three: 13-6 win vs Marmion

Week Four: 21-20 loss at Marian Central

Week Five: 55-14 win vs Aurora Christian

Week Six: 33-14 win vs St. Francis

Week Seven: 59-14 win at St. Edward

Walther Lutheran (Fifth place, Suburban Christian Gold) –

Week One: 63-32 loss at Byron

Week Two: 41-32 win vs Phillips

Week Three: 34-7 loss vs Guerin

Week Four: 41-6 loss at Immaculate Conception

Week Five: 49-21 loss at St. Francis

Week Six: 48-6 loss vs Aurora Christian

Week Seven: 28-26 win vs Aurora Catholic


The two-time defending state champion Montini Broncos are rounding back into championship form just at the right time. The Broncos have won three straight games after starting the season 2-2, and have scored 30 plus points in every game.

The Broncos’ surge is due in large part to the addition of quarterback John Rhode. Rhode, a senior transfer from Marian Catholic, missed the first five games of the year while recovering from a thumb injury. Rhode has been exceptional since he took over the quarterbacking duties at halftime of the Broncos’ week six game against St. Francis. In just six quarters of football, Rhode has thrown 11 touchdown passes including five to star wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp.

Rhode completed 17 of his 21 pass attempts for 349 yards and eight touchdowns last week against St. Edward. Yes, Rhode threw EIGHT touchdown passes in last week’s game. Rhode has a stable of solid targets to throw to, including future Nebraska Husker Westerkamp. Westerkamp caught three passes, all touchdowns, for 101 yards last week. Joe Borsellino, who has also taken snaps in the “JoeCat” offense this season, caught eight passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Mark Gorogianis, the starting quarterback for the first six games, has moved to wide receiver and caught a touchdown pass last week.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Joe Borsellino, WR/QB, Montini

The versatile Borsellino has been one of the most important players for the Broncos this season. When the offense was struggling before Rhode came back from injury, Borsellino gave the Broncos a jolt with the “JoeCat” offense. In the Broncos’ week five victory over Aurora Christian, Borsellino had 152 yards of total offense and four touchdowns (he scored them three different ways: he ran for two, threw for one and caught another). With Rhode back and playing well, it will be interesting to see if the Broncos will break out the “JoeCat” again at some point. Even if he’s just needed as a pure wide receiver, Borsellino will still contribute greatly to the Broncos. He caught eight passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns last week.


Montini 56 Walther Lutheran 7

Walther Lutheran will not pose much of a threat to Montini this week. Get ready for a running clock, Rhode and the Broncos should roll to another dominant victory.

After playing 2-5 Walther Lutheran, Montini finishes off the season with a home game against 1-6 Wheaton Academy. Montini should be heading into the playoffs with a 7-2 record, fresh off a five game winning streak. The addition of Rhode has to make the Broncos one of the favorites to win the 5A title this season.

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Week Eight Preview #1: Nazareth at Riverside-Brookfield

Nazareth (6-1, 6-1) at Riverside-Brookfield (2-5, 1-2), 7 pm Friday night in Riverside, IL

Nazareth play-maker Kalium Ewing hauls in a catch


Nazareth (First place, East Suburban Catholic) –

Week One: 17-0 win vs Benet

Week Two: 27-3 loss at Carmel

Week Three: 35-19 win at Marian Catholic

Week Four: 35-32 win vs St. Patrick’s

Week Five: 33-20 win at Marist

Week Six: 24-21 win at Joliet Catholic

Week Seven: 42-13 win vs Notre Dame

Riverside-Brookfield (Third place, Metro Suburban) –

Week One: 20-14 loss at St. Francis

Week Two: 49-0 loss vs Lemont

Week Three: 28-0 win at Roby

Week Four: 30-18 loss at Rich East

Week Five: 25-20 loss at Ridgewood

Week Six: 39-21 loss vs Glenbard South

Week Seven: 28-0 win at Elmwood Park


Nazareth has been one of the surprise successes of the 2011 season. The Roadrunners have already clinched a playoff spot and currently sit in first place in the very competitive East Suburban Catholic conference. Nazareth went on the road two weeks ago and handed Joliet Catholic their first loss of their season. Head Coach Tim Racki called it a “legendary win” for the program.

The Roadrunners, appropriately, do the vast majority of their offensive damage on the ground. Nazareth had zero pass attempts in their week four victory over St. Patrick’s. Junior running back Rudy Romagnano, the team’s leading rusher to that point, injured his ankle on the first play of the Joliet Catholic game and has not played since. It has not been announced whether Romagnano will play this week, but backup running back Joshua Moore has done well taking over as the team’s workhorse. Moore had 37 carries for 176 yards and a touchdown against Joliet Catholic and 17 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown against Notre Dame last week.

While the Roadrunners have not gone to the air much this year, quarterback Sam Poulos had his most productive game of the year last week against Notre Dame. Poulous completed six of his eight pass attempts for 98 yards and two touchdowns, including a 66 yard touchdown pass to Sean Maloney.


Kalium Ewing, DB/WR, Nazareth

The Roadrunner play-maker has scored touchdowns in three straight games in three different phases. Ewing returned two interceptions for touchdowns last week against Notre Dame, caught a 45 yard touchdown pass against Joliet Catholic and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown against Marist.


Nazareth 35 Riverside-Brookfield 13

The Bulldogs, coming off their second win of the season last week, might be able to hang with the Roadrunners for a quarter or two, but in the end the Nazareth running game will be too much.

After playing the 2-5 Bulldogs this week, Nazareth will wrap up the season next week against 1-6 St. Viator. The upstart Roadrunners have a great shot of entering 5A playoffs with an 8-1 record.

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Sanders, Glenbard South Roll By Fenton In Dominating Fashion

Glenbard South 40 Fenton 8

Play-making running back Wesley Sanders had another stellar performance as Glenbard South defeated Fenton 40-8 Friday night in Glen Ellyn.

Sanders had 131 yards of total offense and scored three touchdowns as the Raiders won their third consecutive game. The 5-9 senior has now reached the end zone 15 times this season.

“He’s a play-maker for us. People know that but he continues to make plays and its just a testament to him,” said Glenbard South (4-3, 3-0) coach Jeremy Cordell. “He’s a gifted athlete but not only that, he competes. He’s a big competitor.”

The Raiders were able to get off to a strong start offensively, scoring on their first three possessions of the game.

Sanders gave the Raiders an early 7-0 lead after scoring a touchdown on a four yard run just two minutes into the first quarter.

Running back Trevon Johnson’s two yard touchdown run capped off an 11-play drive on the Raiders’ next possession, and gave them a 14-0 lead.

Quaterback Tyler Padera then connected with Sanders on a 33 yard touchdown on the Raiders’ ensuing drive. Glenbard South was ahead 20-0 early in the second quarter.

Fenton (5-2, 0-2) quarterback Sean Havlovic threw a 16 yard touchdown pass to Gervonta Walls late in the second quarter to get the Bison on the scoreboard. Fenton then successfully converted a two-point conversion and the Bison went into halftime trailing 20-8.

The Bison were unable to reach the end zone again against a strong Glenbard South defense. The Raiders forced Havlovic into throwing five interceptions.

“I think we just did a good job of flying around. Our kids were pretty well prepared on what they were going to see,” Cordell said of his defense. “There were a couple times we kind of got on our heels, but we responded the right way and had some nice stops. I think we just kept applying pressure and it was a good night for our defense.

Glenbard South added touchdown runs by Sanders, Zach Smith and Matt Loos in the second half.

The Raiders moved to 3-0 in Metro Suburban Conference play and sit in great position to win the five team conference.

“We plan on winning the conference championship,” said Sanders. “We’ve just got to bring it next week against Ridgewood.”

Fenton lost their second consecutive game after starting the season 5-0. They remain without a win in conference play.



[10:12] GS Wesley Sanders 4 yard run (PAT good) – 7-0 GS

[2:48] GS Trevon Johnson 2 yard run (PAT good) – 14-0 GS


[9:35] GS Tyler Padera 33 yard pass to Wesley Sanders (PAT blocked) – 20-0 GS

[3:38] FEN Sean Havlovic 16 yard pass to Gervonta Walls (2-point good, Havlovic to Castellena) – 20-8 GS


[7:01] GS Wesley Sanders 11 yard run (2-point fails) – 26-8 GS

[2:41] GS Zach Smith 12 yard run (PAT good) – 33-8 GS


[10:51] GS Matt Loos 8 yard run (PAT good) – 40-8 GS

I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times. It also appears on yourseason.com

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Checking In With The Best Teams I’ve Seen This Season

Glenbard North (5-1, 3-1), tied for second in the Dupage Valley Conference

Glenbard North QB Brian Murphy escapes a tackler against OPRF


Week Five: 31-21 win versus Aurora West

Week Six: 6-10 loss at Naperville Central


Week Seven: vs Wheaton-Warrenville South (3-3, 1-3)

Week Eight: at Wheaton North (5-1, 4-0)

Week Nine: vs Naperville North (4-2, 3-1)


Have outscored opponents 216 to 51

Opponents have tallied 25 wins

Star running back Phil Jackson has rushed for 605 yards and 12 touchdowns


The Panthers offense struggled last week as Glenbard North lost their first game, 10-6 to Naperville Central. Phil Jackson went over 100 yards rushing again, but he was only able to reach the end zone once. Most troubling for the Panthers, starting QB Brian Murphy was knocked out of the game with an injury. Murphy runs well and he had a break out game through the air three weeks ago against Glenbard East when he threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns.

The Panthers end the season with a tough stretch of games against three of the best teams in the Dupage Valley Conference. That stretch could get even more challenging if the Panthers are missing their starting signal caller.

Wheaton North (5-1, 4-0), first place in the Dupage Valley Conference

Wheaton North QB John Peltz winds up to throw


Week Six: 38-7 win versus Aurora West


Week Seven: vs Naperville Central (4-2, 3-1)

Week Eight: vs Glenbard North (5-1, 3-1)

Week Nine: at Wheaton-Warrenville South (3-3, 3-1)


Have outscored opponents 196 to 95

Opponents have won 28 games

QB John Peltz has thrown for 970 yards and 9 TDs, he also has 6 rushing TDs


The Falcons have won four straight games, but the competition is about to get a lot tougher. Their previous three opponents have combined to win three games this season. However, their next three opponents have combined to win 12 games, and are all part of the four-way tie for second place in the DVC.

The Falcons are led by quarterback John Peltz who has thrown for 970 yards and nine touchdowns this season. Peltz is the best quarterback I have seen this season, and the Falcons will need him to keep performing at the level he has been playing at if they are to hold on first place in the DVC.

Montini (4-2, 2-1), tied for second in the Suburban Christian (Blue) Conference

Montini star WR Jordan Westerkamp

LAST GAME: 33-14 win versus St. Francis


Week Seven: at St. Edward (4-2, 1-2)

Week Eight: at Walther Lutheran (1-5, 0-3)

Week Nine: vs Wheaton Academy (1-5, 0-3)


Have outscored opponents 171 to 117

Opponents have won 33 games

WR Jordan Westerkamp has 28 receptions for 514 yards and 9 TDs


After starting the season off 2-2, things are looking up for the defending 5A State Champions. The Broncos have won their last two games against solid conference opponents, Aurora Christian and St. Francis, and have done so in impressive fashion. Montini has outscored their last two opponents 88-28.

Montini’s schedule was front loaded. They lost two early games, but both defeats came at the hands of 6-0 teams, Loyola and Marian Central.

Montini got a boost last week from the debut of quarterback John Rhode. Rhode, a transfer from Marian Central, missed the first five games of the season while recovering from a thumb injury. Rhode took over the quarterbacking duties at halftime, and looked great, tossing three touchdowns in the second half. Two of those touchdowns were caught by star wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp.

The Rhode-Westerkamp connection may take the Broncos to another state championship this season.

Addison Trail (6-0, 4-0), first place in the West Suburban Gold Conference

Addison Trail RB Anthony Messina runs back a kick

LAST GAME: 35-0 win at Proviso East


Week Seven: vs Glenbard West (6-0, 4-0)

Week Eight: at Willowbrook (0-6, 0-3)

Week Nine: vs Downers Grove South (6-0, 3-0)


Have outscored opponents 172 to 13

Opponents have won 22 games

Have posted 4 shutouts this season


Addison Trail is off to the best start in school history thanks to its stifling defense. Led by linebackers Kevin Kent and Mike Imperiale, the Blazers have shut out four of their opponents, and have only given up 13 points through six games.

The Blazers have two tests against undefeated teams left on their schedule, and both games are at home. In between they face a hapless Willowbrook squad that recently lost 48-7 at home to Proviso East on homecoming. First up is a meeting with Glenbard West this Friday night. The Hilltoppers may be without starting QB Justice Odom, who was injured Saturday in a win over Proviso West. AT ends the season with a de-facto West Suburban Conference Championship game against Downers Grove South.

Is the Blazers defense as dominant as the stats suggest? We will find out over the next three weeks.

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Week Seven Preview: Fenton at Glenbard South

Fenton (5-1, 0-1) at Glenbard South (3-3, 2-0), 7:00 Friday in Glen Ellyn

Fenton and Glenbard South will meet Friday night in a Metro Suburban Conference battle. Fenton is coming off  a 32-20 defeat against conference foe Ridgewood. It was the Bisons’ first loss of the season. Glenbard South has bounced back from a 1-3 start by winning the first two conference games on their schedule. It will be showdown between two of the best playmakers in the MSC, Fenton’s Alan Geneva and Glenbard South’s Wesley Sanders.


Fenton –

Week One: 30-29 win at Leyden

Week Two: 28-7 win vs Maine South

Week Three: 20-7 win vs Rich South

Week Four: 20-16 win at Southeast

Week Five: 56-6 win vs St. Francis de Sales

Week Six: 20-32 loss vs Ridgewood

Glenbard South-

Week One: 12-55 loss vs Prairie Ridge

Week Two: 30-28 win at Bloom Township

Week Three: 19-23 loss vs Rich East

Week Four: 19-64 loss at Crete Monee

Week Five: 35-21 win vs Elmwood Park

Week Six: 39-21 win at Riverside-Brookfield


RB Alan Geneva, Fenton: The versatile running back has been a touchdown scoring machine for the Bison this season. Geneva has registered 15 touchdowns, the majority which have come off of the Bison’s bread and butter play, the screen pass. Geneva came out of the gate strong with a eye-popping performance in the Bison’s opening week 30-29 win over Leyden. The senior had 12 receptions for 271 yards and 3 TDs. Geneva failed to reach the end zone in a game for the first time this season last week in Fenton’s first lost of the season (32-20 vs Ridgewood). It is no surprise that the Bisons struggled without a strong performance from Geneva. Fenton will need a strong bounce-back game from Geneva if they hope to get their first Metro Suburban Conference win of the season this week at Glenbard South.

RB Wesley Sanders, Glenbard South: Sanders is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. The 5’9 senior running back has reach the end zone in every game this season. He has 10 total touchdowns (5 rushing, 3 kick return, 2 receiving), seven of which have come from 50 yards or more out. The Raiders have won two straight games to kick off their conference schedule, and Sanders has been a big part of their success. He has scored four touchdowns and rushed for 302 yards the last two weeks in victories over Elmwood Park and Riverside-Brookfield. Get the ball in Sanders’ hands, and good things will happen for the Raiders.

PREDICTION: Glenbard South 35 Fenton 28

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