The Montini football team traveled to New Lenox this past Friday night to take on the Providence Celtics in Chicago Catholic League Blue action. Montini received the opening kickoff but the Broncos were unable to advance the ball past the Providence 48-yard line and were forced to punt. The Celtics promptly drove all the way to Montini’s 12-yard line, but a stiff Montini defense forced Providence to settle for a 29-yard field goal. The Broncos promptly responded, as Nick Fedanzo found the end zone from 12 yards out on the ensuing drive to give Montini a 7-3 lead. Neither team would score again until the second quarter, when Montini’s Deontay Bell connected with Zach Olson for a 57-yard touchdown pass.
The Broncos would add one final score before halftime; as the horn sounded, Robert Brazziel’s heave into the end zone was pulled down by Nate Muersch for a 38-yard score. Montini would add one final score in the third quarter as Fedanzo busted off a 48-yard touchdown run. Later in the fourth quarter, Montini’s offense put together a 16-play drive that consumed almost eight minutes of clock time; although the Broncos were unable to score, they effectively killed any chance of a comeback by the Celtics. For the game, Fedanzo finished with 124 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, while Olson was the Broncos’ leading receiver with 78 yards and a touchdown. Jackson Bruscianelli led the Montini defense with eleven total tackles, while Trevor Swier added ten and Fred Stokes and Frank Conforti each recorded a quarterback sack.
In lower-level action, the sophomore Broncos defeated Providence 31-6, while the freshman team dropped a hard-fought contest by a 34-20 score. Montini returns to action this Friday night against Brother Rice. This week, the freshman and sophomore teams will combine to take on the Crusaders at 5:00 PM, while the varsity game at 7:30 will feature a match-up of 8-0 teams battling for the Chicago Catholic League Blue division championship.