Bell, Montini too fast for Marmion
Montini settled on a quarterback Friday night -- well, mostly -- and the Broncos found their defense can play fast and tough against a good football team.
The Broncos rolled to a 27-3 home victory against Marmion in a Chicago Catholic League crossover game.
Junior Deontay Bell got the start and went most of the way at quarterback. Bell finished 11-of-15 passing for 88 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also rushed for 25 yards and a TD. Sophomore Robert Brazziel spelled Bell a few plays.
Significantly, Montini (3-0) didn't commit any turnovers in the game.
"Deontay is the guy at this point in time we're going to start games with," Montini coach Mike Bukovsky said. "Robert came in a couple of series and he's got to do what he's got to do too. I just feel like we're going to do whatever it takes in certain situations. Worked out that way today, but I look at it as a great bonus we have."
Brazziel made the most of his playing time. Taking the reins for the Broncos' second possession of the game, Brazziel took the field after C.J. Bufkin recovered a Marmion fumble at the Cadets 37-yard line. Brazziel went deep on his first play to 6-foot-4 junior receiver Nate Muersch for a TD and a 14-0 lead. It was Brazziel's only passing attempt.
Muersch also caught a 4-yard TD pass from Bell for a 21-0 halftime lead.
"The best thing about it is they're great kids and they're getting along and the team, it's not a divisive thing at all. It's really a rallying thing," Bukovsky said of Bell and Brazziel. "They know that we're going to do whatever we need to do to win games."
Marmion found it was all too much to keep up with.
"Their speed we knew coming in, offensively and defensively, was a concern," Cadets coach Dan Thorpe said. "... We just played too slow offensively and defensively. My hat's off to them. That's a good football team."
Marmion (2-1) broke up the Montini shutout bid with 4:58 to play on a 27-yard Nate Johnson field goal.
"I thought our defense was real physical tonight, and boy, that was something we had worked on all year," Bukovsky said. "Talked about from last year. We were really disappointed in the way a lot of that went last year, and we really worked on it in the off-season and worked on it all summer."