AURORA – Montini added another notch on its defensive belt with a 27-3 win over previously undefeated Marmion last Friday.
The Bronco defense hasn't allowed double digits since Week 1 against Maine South, and with each game further makes the case that it is one of the best defenses in the state. This Montini defense is simply looking to be the best one to ever take the field for the successful program.
"We're just striving to be the best defense in Montini history," said senior linebacker Mike Maduko. "That's kind of our motivation."
Maduko described the team's "shutdown corners" as key to helping Maduko and the front seven stop the run. The Broncos (5-0 overall, 3-0 Suburban Christian Blue) held Marmion to 95 yards rushing and scored a defensive touchdown for the second consecutive week. This time it was a 40-yard fumble return by Edgar Ruano.
If Montini's defense is to join the elite of the program, it will need to show strong in conference showdowns against Marian Central and Aurora Christian and in the postseason. Regardless, they are off to a heck of a start.
"This is a special group of kids on defense," said Montini coach Chris Andriano. "There's experience there, but the best quality that they have is their speed. We're very fast.
"They're aggressive, they're fast, they pursue well, they cause turnovers. They're very, very good learners within our defense. We can do a lot of things. We don't just line up in one look all the time."
It has been difficult for opponents to find holes in Montini's talented, big and fast defense. Maduko said the team steps on the field with the goal of keeping a shutout every week. They have one, against Wheaton Academy in Week 3, but with defensive touchdowns in the last two games they have scored more points than they have allowed in both games.
"It's a matter of lining up and executing," Andriano said. "These guys have a chance to be special. There's no doubt about it."
Montini 27, Marmion 3
Passing: Alex Wills 23-for-32, 205 yards, 2 TDs
Rushing: Wills 7-20, Niko Italia 6-12
Receiving: Tyler Tumpane 8-63; Leon Thornton III 4-60, TD; Italia 2-11, TD
Week 6: Montini vs. IC Catholic
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: 19W070 16th St., Lombard
Records: Montini 5-0 (3-0 SCC Blue), IC Catholic 3-2 (2-1 SCC Gold)
Outlook: The Knights have a competitive team with some quality athletes, but don't have the numbers or firepower that Montini has. The Broncos' suffocating defense hasn't allowed double digit points since the Week 1, when Maine South scored 19. The Broncos beat the Knights 49-0 last season.