Montini took care of business Saturday in Elmhurst as it scored on its first six possessions, defeating host Immaculate Conception 49-0 in a Suburban Christian crossover.
The No. 9 Broncos didn’t waste any time, sacking senior quarterback Demetrius Carr on the first play of the game.
After a three-and-out, junior quarterback Alex Wills connected with senior wide receiver Joseph Borsellino on a three-yard touchdown pass to give Montini (5-1, 4-0) the lead for good.
Wills found the end zone again in the first quarter with a short pass to senior Michael Dusek who took it 38 yards for the score to put the Broncos up 14-0.
“We were looking to the weak side of the field all game and it was there,” Wills said. “We executed that the way we wanted and were able to come out on top.”
The play of the game came in the second quarter when Montini junior linebacker Michael Maduko picked up a fumble and outraced everyone 47 yards to the end zone.
“The ball bounced out right at my feet. I just picked it up and took off,” Maduko said.
Immaculate Conception (4-2, 2-2) couldn’t get the ball moving, and punted on its first three possessions before Montini senior defensive back Ryan Starbeck picked off a Carr pass just before half.
The Knights didn’t threaten in the first half and were thwarted on fourth-and-goal from the two-yard line late in the third quarter.
“They smacked us in our face,” Carr said. “We came out ready to play but we didn’t really bring it. We’re just going to try to put this game behind us and move on.”
For Montini the game was a statement after a close call last week at Marmion raised some questions about the defending state champions.
Wills finished with 152 yards passing and four touchdowns while senior kicker Andrew Harte extended his streak of made extra points to 81 with seven on the day. Senior running back Dimitri Taylor added 88 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Broncos.
Immaculate Conception heads to Aurora to take on Aurora Christian next week while the Broncos travel to Woodstock for a big matchup against Marian Central.
“This was our best game of the season,” Montini head coach Chris Andriano said. “We executed at an extremely high level. I think we’re getting that edge, we know what time of the year it is.”