MONTICELLO – Calling the Monticello High School football attack a criminal offense last Friday can be an understatement.
After a relatively calm start, in which the wise men (3-0) had a 6-0 lead over Rantoul after the first quarter, that was The home team broke out for 27 points in the second frame, with three of the rides lasting less than a minute. A fourth touchdown was carried out in just 1:51.
At the head of the high-power offensive was quarterback Joey Sprinkle, who completed 194 yards and five touchdowns.
"They were aggressive on defense and had some successes that interfered with our offense, but we were able to use their style of play with some quick passes and screens that turned into big games, "said MHS coach Cully Welter of the possible 40-0 shutdown of his Area rivals.
The adjustment was no longer seen than on a call in the second quarter that saw Sprinkle rolling right, then turning and throwing back across the field at full-back Kolton Knuffman, who for a 41-yard score was relatively untouched on the left ran.
"I was very happy with (Sprinkle), ”added Welter. "He had a lot of poise for a freshman quarterback.
The junior signal caller is connected to five different receivers for touchdowns: Hunter Williams, 2 yards; Chris Brown, 22 meters; Knuffman, 41 meters; Triston Foran, 39 meters; and Peyton Scott, 20 yards.
Sprinkle, who completed 12 of 22 attempts, also kicked four extra points.
Brown ran from 20 yards for his second score of the game and the final points for the Wise Men on a nifty option from backup quarterback Jason Brown in the third quarter.
The defense stepped up for the third game in a row. The unit has limited opponents to a total of 22 points this season.
Against Rantoul, the wise men repeatedly stood in the background of their opponents, with seven duels against defeat and one sack.
"Our defense was able to overcome its size through our ability to collect the ball, ”Welter said.
Despite the strong start, the manager believes his team has room for improvement before welcoming Mattoon this Friday.
"I didn't think we had a great week of practice, and I still feel like we are making too many assignment errors. We have to fix these problems as we have a good Mattoon team to play on Saturday, ”said Welter.
The Green Wave is 1-2 a year, with a win over Taylorville sandwiched between losses to Mt. Zion and Effingham, both undefeated.