Keys to Monticello's first football championship

Fourth down stops

Monticello’s defense stood firm when faced with fourth-down challenges, stopping Byron four times, including the first two drives the Tigers entered the red zone. Much like games earlier in the season, the Sages defensive unit bent but didn’t break. The bruising Byron run game totaled 307 rushing yards on 71 carries and scored its fewest points of the season (20).

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Big-game Bundy

Not only did No. 35 score all three touchdowns for the Sages – including the team’s first on a 95-yard screen pass from quarterback Braden Snyder – he also helped seal the game with an athletic interception on defense. Bundy ran for 52 yards and a TD and caught four passes for 146 yards and two scores.

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All-stater shines

Snyder, named to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 3A All-State team Nov. 14, played like a state standout on the highest stage. The senior captain completed 12 of 21 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns while adding 51 yards rushing on eight carries. Snyder broke the Monticello High School record for passing yards in a single season with a total of 3,343 yards in 14 games after Friday’s contest.

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Perfect kicker

Place kicker Luke Rudolph was nearly perfect on extra points over the course of the season and the senior went 4 for 4 on kicks Friday. Rudolph nailed all three of Monticello’s point after touchdown attempts and also made a 28-yard field goal 23 seconds left before halftime, a kick that hit the upright but fell through for three points.

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Nail biter

The championship game featured four lead changes, with Monticello taking the lead 17-14 with 1:47 left in the third quarter and hanging on the rest of the way.

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