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Montini is usually known for its prolific offense but against St. Francis on Friday night the Broncos' defense was on display.
After giving up a touchdown on the Spartans' first possession, Montini played lock down defense, allowing just 199 yards while the Broncos' offense did enough for a 28-7 Suburban Christian Blue victory at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.
"We played hard, we played fast and hit them hard," Montini senior defensive lineman Fred Beaugard said. "It started in practice this week. We were just flying around and it transferred to the game."
St. Francis (3-1, 0-1) tried to set the tone early, marching 80 yards on 14 plays for a touchdown on its first drive. Quarterback Michael Robinson plunged into the end zone from one yard out with 6:09 to play in the first quarter.
Montini (3-1, 1-0) responded by going on its own long drive, 67 yards in 11 plays, as Dimitri Taylor (24 carries, 169 yards) scored on a three-yard run with 2:28 remaining in the first.
The Broncos defense stood tall forcing punts on the next four Spartans' possessions in the first half. Montini capitalized on two of them as quarterback Alex Wills (15-for-28, 146 yards) tossed a pair of touchdowns.
The first came on an 11-yard pass to Michael Dusek with 5:40 left in the second quarter and the second was a 12-yard touchdown to Joe Borsellino with 2:42 remaining in the first half.
The Broncos led 21-7 at halftime but struggled to get anything going in the third quarter. However, St. Francis couldn't take advantage, turning the ball over on downs twice inside the Montini 11-yard line.
Taylor, who had been bothered with a right ankle injury, finished the scoring with a five-yard run with 2:20 left in the game.
"(The ankle) felt like 110 percent," Taylor said. "I had the urge to run and just did what I had to do out there."
St. Francis, who was held to 85 yards of offense in the second half, was led by the duo of Dan Beck (16 carries, 79 yards) and T.J. Jackson (16 carries, 78 yards).