A monster senior class delivered a monster season for the 2015 edition of the Monticello Sages football program.
Entering 2016, the Sages will have a lot of questions to answer. The Sages will seek to fill voids filled at major positions like runningback, wide receiver and quaterback.
The Sages return key pieces to a defense that was extremely young in 2015 and look to build on what was a very solid unit last year that led them to a quarterfinal game in mid-November of the Class 3A playoffs.
Under Cully Welter, the Sages have made the postseason in all six seasons and will look to continue that run in the final year of the Okaw Valley Conference.
The Sages open what they hope to be another winning campaign tonight in Nokomis.
Game time tonight is 7 pm. Hear all the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.
Week 1 action around the area tonight:
Bloomington vs. Peoria Manual at Peoria Stadium
Champaign Central at Peoria Richwoods
Peoria at Normal West
Urbana at Normal Community
Central State Eight
Chatham Glenwood at Springfield Southeast
Decatur Eisenhower at Decatur MacArthur (Sat.)
Jacksonville at Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin
Springfield at Lincoln
Springfield Lanphier at Rochester
Maroa-Forsyth at New Berlin
Petersburg PORTA at Virden North Mac
Pittsfield at Auburn
Pleasant Plains at Athens
Williamsville at Riverton
Non Conference action tonight:
Arcola at Central A & M (Sat.)
Argenta-Oreana at Macon Meridian
Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond at Oakland Tri-County
Bradley-Bourbonnais at Champaign Centennial
Cerro Gordo-Bement at Warrensburg-Latham
Champaign St. Thomas More at Olympia
Colfax Ridgeview at LeRoy
Decatur Lutheran at Toledo Cumberland
Tri-Valley at Bloomington Central Catholic
El Paso-Gridley at Heyworth
Fisher at Tuscola
Kincaid South Fork at Sullivan-Okaw Valley
Macomb at Limestone
Metamora at Pontiac
Mt. Zion at Mahomet-Seymour
Normal U-High at Washington
Pawnee at Shelbyville
Peoria Notre Dame at Rock Island Alleman
Peoria Heights at Cambridge Ridgewood
Rantoul at Charleston
St. Joseph-Ogden at Wilmington
Streator at East Peoria
Tolono Unity at Decatur St. Teresa
Tremont at Dee-Mack