DeKALB – For all of Montini’s accomplishments this season, the Broncos’ success on the football field was going to come down to whether or not they could win state for the fifth year in a row.
Fair or not, this team won’t quite measure up to the previous four teams after losing to Sacred Heart-Griffin 38-28 in the Class 5A final on Saturday.
This after the Broncos (13-1) went undefeated in the regular season for the first time since 2008 and matched the most wins in school history. In 2004 the Broncos won the state title with a 13-1 record.
The Montini players were visibly disappointed after the loss, but coach Chris Andriano spoke highly of the team’s accomplishments.
“I’m very proud of our team, obviously,” he said. “They’ve had a terrific career as seniors. We’re going to miss these guys. They’ve been class in every way, shape and form.”
The Broncos’ defense, which featured all-state linebacker Mike Maduko, Ohio State recruit Dylan Thompson and heavily-recruited linebacker Nile Sykes, held opponents to single digit points eight times this season.
On offense, all-state wide receiver Tyler Tumpane had over 1,000 yards, and honorable mention all-state quarterback Alex Wills passed for over 3,000 yards. Montini averaged 36.9 points per game and scored 21 or more points each time out.
All this against one of the toughest schedules in the state that included eight playoff teams.
“We beat some really great teams this year,” Andriano said. “These guys got a lot of memories from a terrific year.”