The Monticello Sages traveled south for their away quarterfinals football playoff game, scoring nine touchdowns total in their win over the Greenville Comets 63-21.
The first quarter started with Monticello Sage's offense driving down the field, and Braden Snyder walks in for the first score of the game on a 3-yard quarterback keeper touchdown. Then Monticello found themselves in a bit of a slump. On the Sages second drive, Sages Snyder tried pitching to running back Alek Bundy on a read-option and losing the ball where Comets Brian Prater picked up the fumble returning the football for a 76-yard touchdown tying the game 7-7.
Monticello continued to fire away downfield passing the ball more than 15 times. Snyder threw for 15 of 17 for more than 330 yards and rushing for 27 yards. Snyder's first passing touchdown went to Devin Graham on a streak route for a 51-yard touchdown putting Monticello up 14-7 early in the second. Snyder continued to throw on point hitting Graham again on a post route for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Graham would catch 3 for 68 yards total receiving yards.
Comets Will Harnetiaux threw 14-19 for 144 yards. Harnetiaux and Isacc Green connected on multiple passes; Green 3 catches for 102 yards two catches both resulting in touchdowns. One touchdown Green was in triple coverage by Monticello's Graham, Asher Bradd, and Luke Stringer. The ball tipped by Bradd and Graham falling over each other and Green with focus snagged the ball continue to run into the end zone making the first half score 21-13.
The second half though would get turned into a one-sided affair. Monticello came out firing away putting five touchdowns in the third quarter. Greenville was able to get one but wasn't enough to stop the running clock from happening later in the fourth quarter. Asher Bradd, who had six catches for 122 yards and one touchdown, put the game away early in the fourth quarter with a 70-yard touchdown pass from Snyder making the final score of the game 63-21 in favor of the Sages.
Sages move onto the semifinals to play Carlinville next Saturday at Monticello. Carlinville beat Williamsville in their quarterfinals playoff game 35-21.
You can catch the semifinal on Saturday, November 17 on 95.9 FM WEZC and streamed at dewittdailynews.com.