LOMBARD – Montini’s defense has drawn a lot of attention this season, but Tyler Tumpane and Alex Wills made the Broncos’ offense the star Friday night against Marian Central.
Tumpane had four touchdowns, three receiving and one running, in Montini’s 40-35 win against the visiting Hurricanes.
Wills hit Tumpane for an 80-yard touchdown with 3:27 left in the second quarter. It came one play after Marian (5-2, 3-2 SCC Blue) had tied the score at 14-14.
“That was a huge momentum shift,” Wills said. “I knew that Tyler Tumpane was going to be open because the safety was all the way out in nowhere so we called the perfect play.”
On Montini’s next drive Tumpane ran in for a 2-yard touchdown to expand the lead to 27-14 and the Broncos led the rest of the game.
“Our goal was to really come out strong and put some points on the board quick and we were able to do that,” Tumpane said.
Wills completed his first 10 passes and was 16-for-22 for 290 yards. 141 of those yards went to Tumpane on seven catches. Tumpane had 15 more yards on the ground.
Niko Italia scored on a Montini’s first drive, which lasted all of five plays, and Wills scored on a sneak the second possession. Ephraim Lee touchdown runs answered both scores for Marian.
Tumpane’s two second quarter scores gave Montini a 27-14 halftime lead. He had two 10-yard touchdown catches in the second half that built up a 40-21 lead before Marian mounted a late rally. The Hurricanes were unable to recover an onside kick attempt with 8.5 seconds left.
Montini travels to Aurora Christian next Saturday at 7 p.m.