LOMBARD – Tyler Tumpane just might be the new Joey Borsellino for Montini’s football team
Borsellino was a crucial part of the Broncos’ success last year, but has since graduated. Tumpane has seemingly taken hold of the all-around weapon role that Borsellino filled.
Tumpane had a massive game against Marian Central last Friday to propel the Broncos to a 40-35 win over the rival Hurricanes.
Tumpane had 172 yards of total offense and four touchdowns, three receiving and one rushing.
The Broncos (7-0, 5-0 Suburban Christian Blue) have used Tumpane’s versatile skill set as a runner and as a receiver to boost the offense. As a receiver, he catches screen passes and deep balls.
As a running back he runs on handoffs and out of the wildcat formation. Borsellino, currently a freshman wide receiver at Western Illinois, did those things a year ago and was an all-state selection.
“[This summer] I said this kid is so versatile he reminds me of our Joey Borsellino,” Montini coach Chris Andriano said. “He can do a lot of things for you. We gotta keep cooking things up because he can be a player with that kind of impact on the game.”
Tumpane had the biggest play of the game Friday, an 80-yard touchdown reception one play after Marian had tied the game at 14-14 in the second quarter. He got behind the defense and quarterback Alex Wills hit him for the big score.
The Broncos would not relinquish the lead after Tumpane’s big score.
“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.”
Tumpane scored on a 2-yard run just before halftime to make it a 27-14 game at the break. He caught a pair of 10-yard touchdown passes to keep the Hurricanes at bay in the second half.
“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.
It was Tumpane’s first four-touchdown game at the varsity level and doubled his season total.
He now has 461 receiving yards on a team-high 40 catches with five touchdowns this season to go with three more touchdowns on the ground and 48 yards rushing.
“I’m real happy for this kid because he’s everything you want in a high school football player,” Andriano said.
Montini 40, Marian Central 35
Passing: Alex Wills 16-for-22, 290 yards, 3 TDs
Rushing: Niko Italia 16-98, TD; Wills 6-25, TD; Tyler Tumpane 4-15, TD
Receiving: Tumpane 8-157, 3 TDs; Leon Thornton III 3-44; Conner Costello 2-37
Watch video of one of Tyler Tumpane's receiving touchdowns at shawurl.com/u01
Week 8: Montini at Aurora Christian
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: 2255 Sullivan Rd., Aurora
Records: Montini 7-0 (5-0 SCC Blue), Aurora Christian 5-2 (3-2 SCC Blue)
Outlook: Aurora Christian welcomes the Broncos to Aurora without its full squad. The Eagles were without several players, including quarterback Austin Bray, for the 48-8 loss to IC Catholic on Saturday. If the Eagles aren't near 100 percent, they will likely have a tough time handling an undefeated Montini squad.