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
PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
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