Cousin connection keys Montini to Championship

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Cousin connection keys Montini to Championship

Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010
7:34 PM

By Mike Clark
YourSeason.com

CHAMPAIGN -- The hits just kept on coming for Montini late in the first quarter Saturday morning.

So too, did the turnovers, and then the touchdowns, as the Broncos built a big lead and cruised home with a 34-21 win over Chatham Glenwood in the Class 5A state championship at Memorial Stadium.

It was the second consecutive state title for the Broncos and the third overall, all in the past seven seasons.

Three times in a span of 82 seconds, Montini forced a Glenwood fumble. The Broncos converted two of them into short touchdown drives to take a 21-0 lead with 39 seconds left in the first quarter.

"The turnovers really got us going," Montini coach Chris Andriano said. "It seemed like every time we hit them hard, boom, it came out."

"Sometimes things just go your way and that's what it felt like all day today," said defensive end Zech Tredenick, who had four sacks among six tackles for loss.

Just as Montini's defense gave Glenwood (10-4) fits early, so too did a Broncos' offense keyed by cousins Matt and Jordan Westerkamp.

Matt, a senior quarterback, put the Broncos (12-2) up 7-0 with a two-yard touchdown run with 3:38 left in the first quarter. He then teamed up with Jordan for a pair of scoring passes after the first and third fumble recoveries by Ross Ferraro and Frank Bruscianelli.

"They seemed to have that family telepathy going," Glenwood coach Dan Rourke said.

After those TD tosses of 13 and 23 yards, it was 21-0 and Glenwood was reeling.

"Fumbles are fumbles," Rourke said. "We hate them, but they're going to occur. ... We haven't been doing that in the playoffs and that's why we're here."

The Titans got on the board with Tony Giovannelli's eight-yard run with 6:34 left till halftime. But the Westerkamps struck again, this time on a 51-yard scoring pass with 3:57 remaining in the second period.

That gave Matt Westerkamp 30 touchdown passes for the season and Jordan 21 TD receptions.

"Last year I was only a sophomore," Jordan Westerkamp said. "My brother Christian and Nick Campanella were the big guys. This year, me and Matt were able to hook up the whole year. I felt like I was more a part of it."

Matt Westerkamp finished 14 of 25 for 199 yards and three scores with one interception. His cousin had seven catches for 146 yards and those three touchdowns.

Glenwood's defense steadied itself after halftime and limited Montini to a pair of field goals by Matt Kersten. But the Broncos' defense made the lead hold up, allowing just one more score till the game's final minute.

"Up front, they're as good as we've seen," Rourke said.

"This is a significant win," Andriano said. "It puts us on the map of special teams and special programs."

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