In a state title game, every play is important. These five were the most crucial plays in Saturday’s Class 5A championship game between Montini and Sacred Heart-Griffin.
5. Turner breaks free
Montini had just scored its second touchdown to take a 14-0 lead with 4:01 remaining in the first quarter and the Cyclones needed to get something going. They turned to their star wide receiver, Malik Turner, who took a screen pass and weaved through the Montini defense for 43 yards on the first play of the drive. SHG went on to score a touchdown later in the drive and finally gave their fans something to cheer about.
4. Green busts out TD run
Cyclone quarterback Gabe Green took a designed draw 56 yards up the middle and was barely touched. The score cut the Bronco lead to 21-14 and came on the heels of SHG’s defense stopping Montini’s offense for the first time.
3. Cyclones take lead
Green took an option keeper up the middle for 17 yards to score a touchdown with 4:54 left in the third quarter. It gave SHG its first lead of the game, 24-21.
2. Curry shifts momentum
The Cyclones kicked short, a mistake they wouldn’t make again, and Derrick Curry took the kickoff 82 yards for a score. SHG just scored for the first time, but the momentum was short lived and Curry made it 21-7 Broncos with 15 seconds left in the first quarter.
1. Wills takes a sack to end the first half
Leading by seven points late in the second quarter, Montini was driving inside Cyclone territory. The Broncos faced third-and-goal from the 3-yard line with 19 seconds left and no timeouts. They thought they could take a shot at the end zone and at worst kick a short field goal. Instead, Alex Wills was sacked by Chris Overton for a 12-yard-loss and the Broncos couldn’t get their kicking unit on the field in time to attempt the field goal. It was the second time of the quarter that the Broncos got into the red zone and left with no points. The fired up Cyclones’ sideline ran into the locker room with momentum going into halftime.