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It might be a good idea for the Sages not to make a habit out of falling behind by two touchdowns in every playoff game.
For the second straight week in the postseason, Monticello had fallen behind two scores to a quality opponent. For the second straight week in the postseason, Monticello will advance with a double-digit victory.
Now that you have Gene Kelly’s silky smooth voice dancing in your head thanks to the headline, let’s move on to the Sages looking anything other than silky smooth in the first half but dominating the final two quarters to turn a close playoff game into a rout.
Sophomore Maddy Hopkins described it well.
“The second game was one of the scariest moments of my life, honestly,” Blue Ridge’s young middle hitter said.
And so close to Halloween, too.
A year after creating school history and winning the Class 1A cross country team title, the Monticello boys’ cross country team will be back at it again in Peoria on Saturday with a chance – albeit slim – of repeating as the team atop the podium.
In one of the toughest regional races in the state Saturday, both Monticello cross country teams performed well enough to advance to this weekend’s sectional meets. The Sages boys’ team finished third at the Class 1A regional in Paxton, three points behind second-place St. Joseph-Ogden.
BY CHRIS PATTON
Finesse passing offenses have become all the rage at the professional, college and high school levels. In their most recent win, Cerro Gordo-Bement ignored that trend and used a brute force running game to come out on top.
Monticello overcame some key first half turnovers and relied on a strong defense to register its sixth win of the season Friday at St. Thomas More in Champaign. The 26-6 road victory for the 6-1 Sages ensures the squad yet another postseason appearance.
BY CHRIS PATTON/PCJR CORRESPONDENT
In sports, games that feature outstanding performances are often named after the players who came through in the clutch.
The first three games for Monticello turned out to be two blowouts and one that probably should have been a blowout. So not many of the questions from the preseason have been answered about this Sages team.
Monticello was one of the smallest schools in the field at the IHSA Class 2A state finals Saturday in Charleston.
Freshman Aliyah Welter wasn’t the largest in stature either among the pole vaulters, but that didn’t stop her or the rest of her Sages teammates from performing exceptionally well among Illinois’ best at O’Brien Stadium.