Montini routs St. Joseph
Montini rode a team effort to victory as six players found the end zone and three quarterbacks threw touchdown passes in the Broncos 55-0 home victory over St. Joseph on Friday.
Montini wide receiver Raymond Wojikovich got his team on the board early when he took a red zone jet sweep 8 yards for a score on their opening possession.
The Broncos never looked back.
"We've got so many weapons offensively that it would be foolish of us not to (use them)," said Montini coach Mike Bukovsky. "We've got so many different ways that we can strike. On the ground, in the air, with a lot of different things we can do."
With momentum on their side, Montini spread the ball around and put together consistent scoring drives throughout the first half of play.
After the Wojikovich touchdown the Broncos scored six times in the first half as the team built a commanding 41-0 lead before entering the locker room.
"We need to keep defenses guessing. We shouldn't have to rely on one or two guys," Bukovsky added.
Playing with the lead, the Broncos rotated their quarterbacks, leading to passing touchdowns from Deontay Bell, Robert Brazziel and Nick Mudd.
"Deontay does a great job … he has great command," Bukovsky said. "Then Robert can come in and he is a great change up."
Bukovsky added: "We're gonna keep rolling with that. They both are handling it very well and they are both leaders ... when you have to defend those two guys, it's gonna be headaches for other people."
It was all Broncos from there, as Montini exploded for a pair of touchdowns to begin the second half as wide receiver Zach Olson broke loose for an 85-yard kickoff return touchdown and Scott West followed it up with an interception return for a touchdown a few plays later.
West scored three ways. He caught a touchdown pass, returned the interception for a score and also kicked the Broncos extra points.
"No matter if it's kicking, playing defense, playing offense, I love just being out there with my teammates," West said. "I love just contributing to the team in any way I can. It's great."
Although they cruised to victory on Friday, Bukovsky realizes that his team has room for improvement, particularly with conference rival St. Rita heading to town next week.
"We gotta realize that we've got our work cut out for us," Bukovsky said. "We've got a great opponent, a traditional Catholic league opponent. So we're gonna have to step our game up and play a lot more clean than we did today."
While they remained productive throughout the game, Montini also managed to rack up 90 penalty yards against the St. Joseph defense. Many of the flags came on holding calls that brought back long gains.
"That's something we gotta work on," Bukovsky said. "We can be explosive, we had some explosive plays and that's something that's gonna be hard to defend, but we just need to get better in terms of what we're doing, really within ourselves."