Despite having an unscheduled bye the week before due to a forfeit, the Montini football team showed no signs of rust in their 42-0 victory over De La Salle on Friday at Duffy Memorial Stadium. Prior to the contest, senior lineman Patrick Peters (pictured above) was awarded the Johnny Weiger Spirit of 76 Award by the Weiger family.
The Broncos received the opening kickoff and needed just three plays to find the end zone, as Deontay Bell connected with CJ Bufkin on a 3-yard pass. After the Meteors went three-and-out on their next possession, Devin Hoovel’s 44-yard punt return set up a six-play drive that ended in a 10-yard touchdown run by Bell. The Meteors responded with their best possession of the game, advancing the ball to the 15 yard line, but the Broncos’ defense forced a long field goal attempt which missed wide right. Montini responded on a 2-yard scoring run by Bufkin, which was set up by a 37-yard completion from Bell to Nate Muersch. Montini added two more scores before halftime, a one-yard run by Bell and a 27-yard run from Bufkin.
Montini’s defense forced the Meteors to punt on the first possession of the second half, and Jalen McBride’s three-yard end-around touchdown run triggered the running clock just 99 seconds into the third quarter. Neither team scored for the remainder of the contest, and when the final horn sounded, the Broncos clinched their 27th consecutive IHSA playoff berth.
Bell continued his stellar campaign by passing for 206 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 102 yards and two scores. Bufkin gained 119 yards on just seven carries and scored twice, while Muersch led all receivers with three catches for 81 yards. Montini outgained De La Salle 504-86; Cam Richardson led all defenders with six total tackles, three of which went for a loss, and a quarterback sack, while Peters also recorded a sack and a TFL. Kicker Aaron Stevenson finished 6-for-6 in extra point attempts on the night.
In lower-level action, the combined freshman/sophomore Broncos dropped a close contest to the Meteors by an 18-17 final score. Montini closes out the regular season portion of the schedule on Friday, October 25th, against Providence. Kick-off for the varsity game is at 7:30, with the combined freshman/sophomore Broncos hosting the Celtics at 5:15. Senior Night festivities will be held at halftime of the preliminary game.