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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 …