Four in a row!
Montini topped Morris to win fourth straight Class 5A state title
|Montini players celebrate after winning their fourth straight state title in Champaign on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (Staff photo by Sarah Minor)|
Montini completed the drive for four state titles in a row by knocking off Morris 19-6 in the Class 5A state title game in Champaign on Saturday, Nov. 24.
It's the fifth state title in Bronco history, all coming since 2004.
“This is a great group of seniors," Montini coach Chris Andriano said. "They’ve known nothing but state championships and winning. We’ve won 20 straight games in the playoffs. I still just can’t really believe all that.”
Dimitri Taylor was the offensive star for the Broncos. He took Montini's first offensive play 74 yards for a touchdown.
Just a few minutes before halftime quarterback Alex Wills hit Taylor down the middle for a big gain. Tayor showed off his athleticism by juking, jiving and spinning by multiple defenders to score a 48-yard touchdown on a highlight reel caliber run.
“I was using peripheral vision throughout the whole time," Taylor said. "I was waiting for people to come and without Mark and Joe’s downfield blocking I could not have gotten in. I was just viewing people, seeing people come from the side and I just had to put a move on them. I had to do what I had to do to get in.
“It’s going through my head ‘I hope colleges see this,’" Taylor joked.
Taylor finished with 165 yards on 18 carries and had 62 yards receiving on two catches.
Andrew Harte made two field goals, 23 and 31 yards, on the Broncos' first two possessions of the second half to extend the lead to 19-0.
The Bronco defense had arguably its best game of the year at the right time. A last minute Morris touchdown was the Redskins' only bright spot.
“Our defense played one of our best games of the whole season in this particular game so I give a lot of credit to our defensive coaches and kids for a great game plan and really playing a good physical game," Andriano said.
Junior linebacker Mike Maduko didn't play much in last year's wild 70-45 win over Joliet Catholic. However, as a linebacker and a starter he preferred the tough style.
“This year was just hard-nosed football, pounding the ball down after down and throwing it occasionally," Maduko said.
Wide receiver Joey Borsellino played on an injured ankle and didn't feature in the offense as much as usual, but after winning state again he couldn't care less.
"It was a dream to win one, let alone play in three and win four," Borsellino said.
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