Despite rallying for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to force overtime, the Montini Broncos saw their season come to an end on Saturday, losing to Sycamore 16-13. Despite receiving the opening kick and possessing the football for much of the first half, the Broncos were unable to generate much offensive rhythm. The Spartans recorded the only points of the first half on a 31-yard pass from Grant McConkey to Kyle Antos with 4:38 left in the second quarter, but McConkey missed the extra point attempt. Montini then drove all the way down to the Sycamore one-yard line but were unable to score before the break.
On the second play of the second half, Montini’s Johnny Ernest intercepted McConkey, but Sycamore’s defense held and the Broncos were forced to punt. The Spartans doubled their lead early in the fourth quarter on a 72-yard touchdown pass from McConkey to Manny Dominguez. Montini answered right away, as Deontay Bell connected with Nate Muersch for a 31-yard score. On the ensuing kickoff, the ball bounced off a Spartan player before being recovered by Montini’s Keenan Makowski, and the Broncos took advantage of this opportunity, as Bell connected with Nick Wind on a 24-yard pass. However, the extra point attempt sailed wide left, keeping the game knotted at 13 points apiece. After both teams traded punts, Sycamore got one final shot and attempted a long field goal as time expired, but the kick fell well short of the end zone to send the game to overtime. The Broncos got the ball first but failed to score, and McConkey kicked the winning field goal to give Sycamore its first win over the Broncos in seven tries.
Sycamore outgained Montini 343-326, with McConkey throwing for 186 yards and two scores. Bell finished 11-of-23 for 161 yards and two scores, while both he and CJ Bufkin gained 108 yards on the ground. Brandon Liston led all Montini defenders with 16 total tackles and a sack, while DiAndre Harris recorded ten tackles and Makowski recovered a pair of Sycamore fumbles.
The 2019 Montini Broncos finish the season with an 8-3 overall record, a share of the CCL/ESCC Green Division Championship, and the school’s 27th consecutive playoff appearance. We’d like to thank all of you for following us this season, and we hope to see you again in August.