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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.”

SCORING PLAYS

FIRST QUARTER

[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

SECOND QUARTER

[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

THIRD QUARTER

[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

FOURH QUARTER

[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

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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

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

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

OUTLOOK

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.

PREDICTION

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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