Montalvo, Lincoln-Way West run over Stagg
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media October 5, 2012 11:56PM
Lincoln-Way West's Javier Montalvo (10) is tackled by Stagg's Shawn Grezlinski (29) during Friday night's game between Lincoln-Way West and Stagg high schools. | Paul Bergstrom ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 8, 2012 11:49AM
Lincoln-Way West junior running back Javier Montalvo used Homecoming for his coming-out party.
Montalvo entered Friday night’s SouthWest Suburban Red showdown fourth on the team in rushing with 125 yards on 25 carries in six games.
He took charge against Stagg, running for 208 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns in a 39-16 victory in New Lenox.
Montalvo had 170 yards on 11 carries in the first half to help Lincoln-Way West take a 25-0 lead at the break.
“I thought I might get the ball a little more tonight, but I wasn’t sure,” he said. “I was a little nervous, but everything went perfect. I love this team.”
“He’s done well in a limited role,” West coach Dave Ernst said. “This doesn’t surprise me. He’s a hard runner and a tough guy.’’
The Warriors (4-3, 3-2) kept their playoff hopes alive with the win. This is the fourth year of the program and the Warriors are shooting for their third straight postseason appearance.
West hosts Thornwood (2-4 entering this week’s action) on Friday and visits Bradley (4-2) on Oct. 19 to close out the season.
Quarterback Justin Keuch threw for 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Adam Slattery. Rich Kruis and Nick Dangles added TD runs. On defense, lineman Matt Soraghan forced a fumble, recovered another and had two sacks.
Stagg (2-5, 1-4) fell back into the loss column after snapping a four-game losing streak with a 37-28 win over Thornridge last week.
Vito Cali had a 70-yard run and caught a 46-yard pass from Steve Kubiak in the fourth quarter for the Chargers. Austin Kelly ran for 91 yards and starting quarterback Adam Pilota ran for 64 yards and threw for 34 before leaving the game in the second quarter with an injury.