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Football: Lincoln-Way West crushes Glenbard South 46-0

Javier Montalvo (10) Lincoln-Way West breaks away from Glenbard South defense his way 91-yard touchdown. | JCunningham/For Sun-Times Media

Javier Montalvo (10) of Lincoln-Way West breaks away from the Glenbard South defense on his way to a 91-yard touchdown. | Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 11, 2013 6:39AM



It would seem unlikely that one play could matter more than any other when the final score is 46-0. But that was the case as Lincoln-Way West ended Glenbard South’s bid for an undefeated season in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs Saturday in Glen Ellyn.

The Warriors (10-1) will return to the state quarterfinals for the second consecutive time in the school’s young history and will get a chance to avenge their only loss of the season next weekend when they take on Sycamore.

“We were sitting on the bench in our defensive huddle and all of a sudden everyone is going nuts,’’ Warriors linebacker Zach Speaker said. “We got up to see what was going on and our coaches are yelling at us to sit back down, but once we saw (Javier Montalvo) going for the end zone that changed everything. We were excited beyond belief.’’

The score was 3-0 in favor of the Warriors in what had been to that point a back-and-forth game. After a penalty to Lincoln-Way West, the Warriors found themselves backed up on their 9-yard line with 21 yards to go for a first down.

Montalvo took a handoff to the right side and got around the edge, broke several tackles and then changed course to the left side while outracing several Raiders to the end zone for a 10-0 lead with 7:44 left in the first half.

“He’s crazy. He’s an animal,’’ Warriors offensive lineman Brennan Mulroe said. “I’ve never seen anyone run like him.’’

After the touchdown run the Raiders (10-1) seemed to collapse. Mulroe and fellow lineman Bryan Brokop, Jake Zola, Griffin Sullivan and Jake Heckler dominated the line of scrimmage and Montalvo made the most of it with 19 carries for 315 yards and three touchdowns. He added touchdown runs of 40 and 78 yards in the second half, and the Warriors rushed for 444 yards in the game.

“At first we weren’t playing like we should,’’ Montalvo said. “We were down on ourselves and once we got that run, everyone got excited.’’

Montalvo was aided by a strong air game.

Quarterback Justin Keuch was 11-of-14 for 143 yards and three touchdowns. He connected with Ben Zordani, Mason Mahoney and Colin DuCray on scoring tosses of six, eight and 30 yards, respectively.

Just as effective was the Warriors defense, which got to Raiders quarterback Alex Jeske for three sacks and kept him from sitting in the pocket with constant pressure. Speaker, Ryan Sadkowski and Zack Price all recorded sacks.

Linebackers Andre Steiger, Matt Schliper and Speaker were all over the field. Schliper recorded two interceptions for Lincoln-Way West, and the Warriors held Zach Smith to 52 yards on 11 carries.

“I’m really shocked by the outcome,’’ Lincoln-Way West coach Dave Ernst said. “I expected this game to go down to the wire. They have some very good players over there.’’



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