When: September 13th, 2019, 7:30 PM
Where: Mt. Carmel High School, 6410 S. Dante Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60637
2019 Records: Montini 2-0, Mt. Carmel 2-0
Last meeting: Mt. Carmel defeated Montini 35-18 on October 13th, 2017
Last week for the Broncos: Montini scored early and often in a 55-0 victory over Collins Academy. The Broncos scored on five passing touchdowns in the first quarter to take the early lead, with all three quarterbacks (Deontay Bell, Nick Mudd, and Blake Yore) each completing at least one pass for a score. Montini’s defense limited the Warriors to just twenty yards of offense and recorded three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown by Dan Canty.
Scouting the Caravan: Long one of the state’s premier programs, Mt. Carmel enters this week coming off of a 21-7 win against Maine South. The Caravan are in their second year under head coach Jordan Lynch, a Mt. Carmel alum who played collegiately at Northern Illinois and then briefly in the Canadian Football League for the Edmonton Eskimos. Under Lynch, Mt. Carmel has switched from a triple-option offense to a spread scheme. Their starting quarterback is none other than Lynch’s brother Justin, a dual-threat athlete with speed and an accurate arm. Kenenna Odeluga will get the majority of carries on the ground, while the Caravan’s receiving corps is deep and talented. Defensively, Mt. Carmel is led by senior defensive tackle Jalen Grant, who will also see time on the offensive line, and linebacker Jason Thompson, who returned a Maine South fumble for a touchdown in last week’s contest. Overall, the Caravan defense has not yet allowed an opposing team to score against them this season.
Lower-level outlook: The freshman Broncos will take on the Caravan at 5 PM before the varsity game, while the JV Broncos will travel to Mt. Carmel for a 6 PM kick-off on Monday.
Did you know? The first ever meeting between Montini and Mt. Carmel in 2016 marked the only time that legendary coaches Chris Andriano and Frank Lenti ever faced each other. Despite both teams carrying 4-3 records coming into the contest, the game proved to be a thriller. Montini led 23-7 going into the third quarter before the Caravan rallied to take the lead with four minutes left. On the ensuing drive, Montini quarterback Matt Morrissey scored on a nine-yard run with twenty seconds left to give the Broncos a dramatic 30-26 victory.