A 14-game regular-season winning streak came to end for Monticello Friday night as IVC rolled to a 40-14 win in Illini Prairie Conference football action in Chillicothe.
The Grey Ghosts outscored the Sages 21-7 in the second quarter highlighted by a diving catch in the corner of the end zone by Kam Wollard from Alex Merlo.
Leading 28-14 at the break, Monticello went 3-and-out in their only two-third quarter possesions and could not get anything going against a stingy IVC defense.
IVC scored on their first possession of the game. After Monticello’s first possession stalled, they forced IVC to a three and out, however, a botched punt return resulted in the Sages starting their second drive at their own 8-yard line.
Chris Brown, who scored three touchdowns last week in a win over Olympia, scored the first of his two touchdowns Friday with a 92-yard run, having to outlast Wollard who’s impressive speed nearly caught one of the fastest runners in the conference before Brown was able to dive over the pylon for the tying score.
IVC answered to start the second quarter with a touchdown to go up 14-7, Brown came back on the next possession and scored from two yards out to even the score, but it was all IVC after that.
The Grey Ghosts would score the games next 26 points and roll to their second win of the season.
Brown led the way for a Monticello offense that was largely quieted most of the night. The junior rushed for 137 yards on eight carries.
Merlo led the way in an impressive performance, finishing 16-for-27 with 201 yards and three touchdowns through the air. He also threw an interception, though it was with 8-seconds left in the first half.
Merlo also racked up 108 yards on the ground with another two scores.
Wollard hauled in seven catches for 71 yards and two scores. Alex Fulton finished with seven receptions for 114 yards and rushed for just 13 yards on five carries, but did find the end zone on the ground. Ryan Miller finished 57 yards rushing as well.
The Sages, whos last regular-season loss was September 29, 2017 at Tolono Unity, falls to 1-1 overall.
IVC is 2-0.
The Sages will play at home for the first time next Friday hosting Champaign St. Thomas More. Hear the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.
Week 2 Area Football Scores
Prairie Central 28, Bloomington Central Catholic 21, F
Pontiac 0, Tolono Unity 41, F
St. Joseph-Ogden 22, Rantoul 8, F
Olympia 26, Champagin St. Thomas More 8, F
Charleston 14, Mattoon 27, F
Lincoln 7, Effingham 46, F
Mahomet 24, Taylorville 36, F
Champaign Centennial 19, Champaign Central 51, F
Normal Community 19, Normal West 14, F
Peoria Manual 22, Peoria Richwoods 23, F-OT
Peoria Notre Dame 30, Peoria 56, F
Urbana 22, Danville 53, F
Central State Eight
Decatur MacArthur 33, Jacksonville 27, F
Rochester 48, Normal U-High 17, F
Springfield Lanphier 41, Decatur Eisenhower 32, F
Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 10, Chatham Glenwood 34, F
Springfield Southeast 28, Springfield 52, F
Heart of Illinois (Large)
El-Paso-Gridley 0, Dee-Mack 20, F
Eureka 10, G.C.M.S. 35, F
Fieldcrest 25, Tri-Valley 0, F
Heart of Illinois (Small)
Fisher 7, Tremont 14, F
LeRoy 6, Ridgeview 14, F
Argenta-Oreana 27, Toledo Cumberland 7, F
Decatur LSA 0, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 41, F
Athens 54, Pleasant Plains 0, F
New Berlin 13, Maroa-Forsyth 34, F
North Mac 46, Petersburg PORTA 0, F
Cerro Gordo-Bement 19, Shelbyville 48, F
East Moline United 40, East Peoria 14, F
Blue Ridge 28, Oblong 14, F
Georgetown-Ridge Farm 12, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 52, F
Heyworth 34, Monmouth United 6, F
South Fork 8, Meridian 38, F
Mt. Zion 24, Dunlap 21, F
Nokomis 6, Central A&M 42, F
Pekin 21, Sterling 47, F
Sullivan-Okaw Valley 21, Newton 31, F
Tuscola 45, Arcola 42, F
Warrensburg-Latham 7, Fithian-Oakwood 35, F