When: November 16th, 2018
Where: Sterling High School, 1608 Fourth Avenue, Sterling, IL, 61081
2018 Records: Montini 11-1, Sterling 11-1
Last meeting: Montini won 35-10 in the second round of the 2011 Class 5A playoffs
Names to watch: Nick Fedanzo, RB, Montini; Jackson Bruscianelli, LB, Montini; Zach Olson, WR/DB, Montini; Camden Bailey, QB, Sterling; Isaiah Ryan, WR/DB, Sterling; Marquez Williams, RB/LB, Sterling
After a 54-7 win at Evergreen Park last Saturday, Montini heads back out on the road for the semifinal round, this time traveling to western Illinois to take on the Golden Warriors. Montini’s offense exploded for 439 yards of offense against the Mustangs last weekend, 326 of which came via the run game. The Broncos scored six of their eight touchdowns on the ground, with the exceptions being passing scores from Deontay Bell and Nick Wind. Fedanzo carried the ball 7 times for 100 yards and two scores, while Bell rushed for 59 yards and a score on three carries. The Broncos’ offense will look to continue to pile up points against the Golden Warriors’ defense, which has held opponents to less than 20 points in ten of its first twelve games. Williams, who returned last week from injury, leads an experienced linebacking corps that will test Montini’s passing game.
On the flip side, Sterling’s offense has been explosive all season, scoring 40 or more points in all but three games this season. The Golden Warriors rely on a pounding ground game and feature depth at the running back position. While a number of players have carried the ball this year, Negil Bruce and Devante Johnson have gotten the majority of carries. Williams carried the ball in the early part of the season before getting injured, and Ryan will also carry the ball on occasion. Bailey, the starting quarterback, will rotate with junior Cooper Willman, who also starts on the Golden Warriors’ defense. Both players run well and are capable of making plays with their arms behind a large and physical offensive line. Weston Sisson leads a receiving corps that has hauled in thirteen passing touchdowns this year and which will test the Broncos’ secondary. Montini last week forced three fumbles and an interception against Evergreen Park, while defensive linemen Patrick Peters (14) and Fred Stokes (11) each finished with double-digit tackles. This week, look for the Bronco offense to play fast against the Golden Warriors’ defense and for Montini’s defense to try to contain the speed of Sterling’s offense.