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Montini wins third straight state football title with 70-45 win over JCA

The Memorial Stadium scoreboard, featuring Montini QB John Rhode, says it all as Montini broke several offensive records including most points in a state championship game Saturday. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

The Memorial Stadium scoreboard, featuring Montini QB John Rhode, says it all as Montini broke several offensive records including most points in a state championship game Saturday. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

The latest and maybe last football-playing Westerkamp at Montini High School went out with a bang when senior receiver Jordan Westerkamp hauled down 11 passes for a state championship-record 331 yards and five touchdowns.

Quarterback John Rhode threw for a state title-record 587 yards to help the Broncos beat Joliet Catholic, 70-45, to win the Illinois High School Association Class 5A football title Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. It the third straight state title for the Broncos and fourth overall. (Photos: Montini/JCA explode)

According to Montini’s alumni website, more than 32 members of the Westerkamp family attended the school including seven who played on the football team since the mid 1970s.

“I think I’m the last one,” said Jordan, who is heading to Nebraska on a football scholarship next fall. “To end it this way is like a dream come true.”

Montini and Joliet Catholic hooked up in a classic 5A finale in 2009 with Montini winning, 29-28. Westerkamp’s older brother, Christian, caught a 12-yard touchdown pass and a two-point conversion with 32 seconds left for what turned out to be the winning points.

Jordan Westerkamp (left) caught 11 passes for 311 yards and John Rhode threw for 587 yards in Montini's 70-45 state championship win over Joliet Catholic. (Jeff Vorva/Tribune)

“This one meant the most to me because it’s my senior year,” he said. “It was great to get a win like this against an elite team like JCA.’’

The game shattered several offensive records for state championship games including most points by one team (Montini’s 70), most points by two teams (115), most yards by one team (Montini’s 853) and most years by two teams (1,644).

Westerkamp had six catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. But those huge numbers were almost ignored because the Broncos were down 31-28 at halftime and Joliet Catholic junior running back Ty Isaac had already set a state title game record with 376 yards.
The Broncos finished 12-2 and suffered setbacks to Class 8A power Loyola Academy (41-24) and Marian Central Catholic (21-20) during the regular season.

But they were able to roll through the playoffs, knocking out Woodstock North (49-14), Sterling (35-10), a revenge victory over Marian Central Catholic (52-27) and Kaneland (35-31) before Saturday’s explosion.

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