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Monticello Travels to St. Joe-Ogden for Week 1

The third-ranked Monticello Sages football team will open the 2021 campaign on the road taking on St. Joe-Ogden in week 1 Illini Prairie Conference High School football action.


Monticello will be once again driven by a high powered offense with playmakers back from last year's pandemic shortened spring season where the development of junior quarterback Joey Sprinkle was nothing short of impressive. Coach Cully Welter gives his seniors high marks for his leadership this summer and looks forward to what he'll be able to accomplish this year.



Last year's defense made the Sages the surprise of the spring season, leading to upsets over state-ranked opponents like Prairie Central, Bloomington Central Catholic and Olympia. Coach Welter says they're going to be relying on an almost entirely new cast and crew.



Tonight's game will be an emotional one for the Spartans as they lost one of the most successful coaches in the history of high school football in Illinois, Coach Dick Duvall. Coach Welter indicates it was always a pleasure to Coach against Duvall but when he came to Monticello to teach after his retirement, he got to know the legendary coach even better.



Tonight's matchup from St. Joe-Ogden kicks at 7 pm and can be heard on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 


>>High School Football Week 1 Matchups


Illini Prairie


Prairie Central at Tolono Unity

Monticello at St. Joseph-Ogden

Paxton-Buckley-Loda at Illinois Valley Central

Pontiac at Bloomington Central Catholic

Rantoul at Olympia


8-Man Football 


Decatur LSA at South Fork (Sat.)

Milford at Champaign St. Thomas More (Sat.)


Big Twelve


Champaign Centennial at Urbana

Champaign Central at Danville

Normal Community at Bloomington 

Peoria at Peoria Richwoods


Central State Eight


Decatur Eisenhower at Springfield Southeast

Normal U-High at Decatur MacArthur

Rochester at Jacksonville

Springfield at Chatham-Glenwood

Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin at Springfield Lanphier




Auburn at Maroa-Forsyth


Non-Conference action tonight:


Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond at Tri-Valley

Limestone at Mt. Zion

West Central vs. Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland

Carlinville at G.C.M.S. (Sat.)

Cerro Gordo-Bement at Harrisburg

Dunlap at Galesburg

East Peoria at Streator

Effingham at Decatur St. Teresa

El Paso-Gridley at Meridian

Blue Ridge at Kirkland-Hiawatha

LaSalle-Peru at Morton

Dee-Mack vs. Ridgeview

Central A & M at LeRoy

Mt. Vernon at Taylorville

Oakland Tri-County at Heyworth

O'Fallon at Normal West

Pekin at Rock Island

Peoria Manual at Peotone

Peoria Notre Dame at Metamora

Shelbyville at Toledo-Cumberland

Tremont at Sangamon Valley

Tuscola at Arcola

Warrensburg-Latham at Argenta-Oreana

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