Scoring early and often, the Montini Broncos rolled to a 56-6 first round victory over Elmwood Park on Saturday at Duffy Memorial Stadium. The game started out with a bang for the Broncos, as Devin Hoovel intercepted Tigers quarterback Mike Stranski on the first play from scrimmage and returned the ball 40 yards for a touchdown. The Broncos struck again minutes later on a 22-yard pass from Deontay Bell to Nate Muersch. Johnny Ernest then forced an Elmwood Park fumble to give the Broncos the ball inside the five, but Montini fumbled the ball in the end zone for a touchback to give the Tigers possession. The Broncos defense forced a punt, and a one-yard run by Bell on the ensuing possession gave the Broncos a 21-0 lead. Montini would score three times in the second quarter: a 33-yard pass from Bell to Muersch, a 39-yard pass from Nick Mudd to Paul Flicek, and a 6-yard run by Blake Yore, with the last two scores sandwiched around Elmwood Park’s only score of the day, a ten-yard pass from Stranski to Keon Grimes, giving the Broncos a 42-6 advantage at halftime.
In the second half, Montini scored on the opening possession on an 11-yard run by Nick Wind, which triggered the running clock for the remainder of the contest. Enzo May capped the scoring with a 26-yard run late in the third quarter, as neither team scored in the fourth. Montini outgained Elmwood Park 413 to 172, with Bell passing for 73 yards and two scores, while CJ Bufkin rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown. Montini’s defense held the Tigers to 14-of-40 passing and only 12 rushing yards on the afternoon. DiAndre Harris, Paddy Rauen, and Zeb Nelson each recorded six total tackles, while Harris, Nelson, and Vinicio McPhee each recorded a sack.
Montini now advances to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs and will travel to Sycamore to take on the Spartans, who defeated Evergreen Park 59-7 in their first round matchup. Kick-off is set for 2 PM on Saturday, November 9th.