After the annual Homecoming game was pushed from Friday to Saturday due to inclement weather, the Montini Broncos overcame a fourth quarter deficit for the second consecutive game, scoring the final 20 points en route to a 33-14 triumph over St. Viator. Montini received the opening kickoff and advanced all the way to the Lions’ 25 yard line, where the drive stalled. The Bronco defense forced a Lion punt on the ensuing possession, but Montini fumbled the punt and St. Viator recovered the football. St. Viator would take advantage of the mistake and score on a Lucas Barisas touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead. Montini answered right back, driving 65 yards in seven plays, with Deontay Bell scoring on a one-yard run to tie up the score. Neither team would score again until just before halftime, when Bell connected with Paul Flicek for a 14-yard touchdown to give Montini a 13-7 halftime lead.
The second half would continue to be a defensive struggle, as neither team was able to generate much offensively. The Lions punted on their first possession of the half, while Montini missed a field goal attempt. St. Viator drove down the field following the missed field goal and retook the lead on a one-yard run by quarterback Jack Mahoney. The Broncos reclaimed the lead on the next possession, as Bell scored on a 27-yard run. After forcing a 3-and-out, Montini scored again on Bell’s third rushing touchdown of the afternoon, this one from two yards out. A Devin Hoovel interception on the next St. Viator possession led to the game’s final scoring drive, capped off by a five-yard run by CJ Bufkin.
Overall, Montini outgained St. Viator 458-181, with 358 yards coming on the ground. Bell and Bufkin rushed for 195 and 152 yards respectively, while Nate Muersch caught four passes for 37 yards. Defensively, Jarin Edwards led Montini with twelve total tackles and one quarterback sack, while Hoovel added six tackles and an interception.
In lower-level action, the freshman Broncos defeated the Lions 35-15 on Saturday, while the JV Broncos were victorious by a 15-8 final score. Montini resumes play in the CCL/ESCC Green Division this week with a match-up against Notre Dame College Prep on Friday, October 4th, at 7:30 PM. The freshman game will kick off at 5 PM Friday before the varsity game, while the JV game will take place at 6 PM on Monday.