When: August 24th, 2018
Where: Montini Catholic High School, 19 W 070 16th Street, Lombard, IL, 60148
2017 Records: Montini 6-4, Hyde Park 4-5
Last meeting: Montini defeated Hyde Park 51-8 in Week 1 of the 2017 season.
Names to watch: Nick Fedanzo, RB, Montini; Jackson Bruscianelli, LB, Montini; Scott West, WR/DB/K, Montini; Kavonte Smith, LB/FB/QB, Hyde Park; Lawrence Holloway, QB/DE/TE, Hyde Park
Montini looks to start fresh after a promising 2017 season was derailed by a tough first-round playoff loss at DeKalb. The Broncos face an even tougher test this season, having been moved up to the Chicago Catholic League’s Blue division, widely considered one of the most historic conference in the entire country. Bruscianelli leads a defense that features eight returning starters, while Fedanzo, an Illinois commit, returns to pace the offense. This contest marks the first of five consecutive home games to start the season for the Broncos, who welcome a Thunderbirds team that finished 4-5 in 2017. Hyde Park’s defense allowed an average of 16 points per game last year, with the 51 that Montini scored in Week 1 being a bit of an outlier. Look for the Bronco offense to come out with speed against the Hyde Park defense and for Montini’s defense to bottle up the Thunderbirds’ running game.