The Montini football team hosted Sycamore High School in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs this past weekend at Duffy Memorial Stadium, marking the sixth time since 2007 that the Broncos and Spartans have faced each other in the postseason. After both teams went three-and-out on their opening possessions, Sycamore embarked on an 11 play, 58-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard touchdown run by Manuel Dominguez. That lead was quickly erased when Montini’s Zach Olson returned the ensuing kick-off 92 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 7. The Spartans proceeded to chew up the next ten minutes and twenty-eight seconds of clock time with a 19-play drive that spanned two quarters and ended in a 20-yard field goal by Grant McConkey. The Broncos, who mustered only 2 yards of offense before halftime, were forced to punt on the ensuing possession, but Montini’s defense came up huge in keeping the Spartans off the board before the end of the half.
Coming out of the break, the Broncos went 61 yards on 13 plays on the first drive of the third quarter, which ended with a 2-yard touchdown run by Nick Fedanzo. Sycamore responded with a 16-play drive that ran seven minutes off the clock and resulted in a 2-yard touchdown run by Connor Smith. Montini answered right back with an 11-play, 76 yard drive, capped off by a 24-yard touchdown run by Deontay Bell on which Fedanzo delivered two key blocks. With the score now 21-17 in favor of the Broncos, the Montini defense forced a punt on the ensuing possession, giving the Broncos a chance to run out the remainder of the clock. Sycamore got one last chance on offense as Fedanzo fumbled the ball away with under two minutes to go, but Scott West picked off McConkey on third down to seal the victory. For the game, Fedanzo finished with 74 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries as he eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark on the season. Bell added 68 yards and a score on 14 carries, while Nate Muersch caught three passes for 29 yards. Four Broncos–DiAndre Harris, Trevor Swier, Jackson Bruscianelli, and Jermari Harris–each recorded double-digit tackles on defense, while West broke up two pass attempts and recorded an interception.
Montini now will travel to Evergreen Park for the quarterfinal round, as the Mustangs defeated Elmwood Park 52-14 in their second round match-up. Kickoff this coming Saturday is scheduled for 2 PM.