Football: Three things learned from Week 8
October 22, 2013 8:52PM
Updated: November 24, 2013 6:31AM
1. Marist takes a big step. The RedHawks looked awfully good during Friday’s 49-21 win over Benet, a game in which they led 42-7 at halftime. Marist looks to be clicking on all cylinders with the playoffs just days away and looks poised to advance beyond the first round — something it has failed to accomplish the past three seasons. Trying to contain Marist QB Jack Donegan, WRs Nic Weishar and Flynn Nagle and RB Peter Andreotti has to be a nightmare for opposing defenses.
2. Lincoln-Way East’s offense is inconsistent. Some game days, the Griffins deliver big points — like the 50 they put up against Lockport and 41 vs. Stagg. Other times, the offense struggles to cross the goal line, such as Friday’s 12-3 loss to Bolingbrook. The Griffins have had to deal with some injuries and have coughed the ball up far too often. Most of all, it’s apparent the Griffins lack the multiple game-breakers of recent years.
3. Javier Montalvo is the man. The Lincoln-Way West running back has topped 200 yards rushing in five of the six games he’s played. Montalvo’s totaled 1,432 yards on just 175 carries (8.2 yards per carry) and 18 touchdowns. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior had 274 yards and three touchdowns during Friday’s 35-20 win over Thornton. He missed two games because of an injury.