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In late January, when Monticello activities director Daniel Sheehan and football coach Cullen Welter heard that St. Thomas More would no longer be fielding a team, they had to scramble to fill the open slot on the schedule.

A week after suffering a sprained neck in a game against Rantoul that sent him to the hospital, Monticello senior Matt Kerr was back on the field making big plays in front of a homecoming crowd Friday.

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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.

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Monticello football vs. Byron in the class 3A Football state championship game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign on Friday, Sept. 23, 2018.

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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.

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St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Monticello in a prep football game at SJ-O in St. Joseph on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Monticello won 50-7.

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Monticello vs. St. Thomas More in a prep football game at St. Thomas More in Champaign on Friday, Sept. 7. 2018.

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.