Keys to Monticello's first football championship

Fourth down stops

State title appearance brings everyone to Champaign

Sage fans large and small, young and old, Monticello natives and transplants alike united to fill Memorial Stadium the day after Thanksgiving, standing the entire game in rainy conditions to root the Sages football squad to victory.

Sages heading to first state title football game!

The football team in Monticello is good. Very good. Very, very good.

The Sages are outstanding. Fantastic. Record-setting.

And, so far, Monticello has been unmatched.

Bement approves co-op extensions with Cerro Gordo

Without discussion, the Bement school board unanimously approved six cooperative sports contracts with the Cerro Gordo school district at a special meeting on April 25.

Sages football ready for more

It has been a steady climb for the Monticello football program under head coach Cully Welter.

Since going 5-5 in his second season at the helm, Welter has guided the Sages to progressively more wins in five of the last six years. Monticello reached nine wins in 2013 (for the first time since 1997) and 10 wins in 2015.

Kerley resigns as Cerro Gordo/Bement football coach

After a brief closed session, the Cerro Gordo school board on Dec. 21 accepted the resignation of seven-year football coach Andy Kerley. No reason was given by the board or Robinson. He will continue in his teaching role at Cerro Gordo Junior/Senior High School.

Sages' act of kindness overshadows game

Monticello won a football game 36-0 Friday night, improving the Sages' record to 6-0 and securing a playoff birth for the eighth straight season.

But that's not the story.

Junior tailback Lucas Lieb ran hard, finishing with 127 rushing yards on 12 carries, including a 13-yard touchdown.

Trio on News-Gazette area football squad

Monticello’s Jacob Burton, left, was named to the News-Gazette All-Area football team on defense while Noah Freemon, center, and Brandon Wildman, right, were selected for offense.

Sages reach new mark under Welter

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.

Just saying.

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.

FOOTBALL: Slinging in the rain, Sages move on

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.

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