The Monticello football team ended their 2019 season with a 14-21 loss against No. 1 seed Robbinsdale-Armstrong.
The team as they have been famously known for, never gave up. They fought hard until the very last play.
Robbinsdale-Armstrong got the seven point lead in the first quarter with a 25-yard run touchdown.
In the second quarter, the Magic responded. Alex Opatz threw a dynamite 40-yard pass to Thomas Van Culin, on the next play Sam Valor ran for four yards gaining a touchdown with 2:04 left in the first half. Wyatt Sawatzke earned the extra point.
About a minute later the Falcons scored another touchdown, making it 7-14.
The third quarter was action packed with another touchdown by Robbinsdale Armstrong and a 25-yard run by Valor. He was unstoppable. With 3:49 left in the third quarter the score was 14-21.
Monticello gave it their all, but they couldn’t come back.
The Falcons scored again in the fourth quarter resulting in a final score of 14-28.
Though they didn’t win, Coach Jason Telecky was as proud of his team as if they had.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything more of our players or coaches,” he said. “They gave it their best effort and for that I am incredibly proud of them.”
The coaches from Robbinsdale-Armstrong even complimented Telecky on Monticello’s effort after Saturdays game.
The Magic held the Falcons to the second least amount of points that they’ve scored all year. That’s something to get excited about.
When looking back at the game, Telecky said he had many players stand out, but the few he mentioned were crucial.
“The RB pass by Michael Johnston, Jackson Pribyl probably had his best game of the year, Sam Valor had amazing runs, Calvin Schmitz was incredibly tough inside, and Thomas Van Culin had clutch catches,” Telecky said. “They all had something.”
Van Culin had 107 receiving yards on Saturday. Being a senior and captain, he spoke about his love for the Magic team.
“Our team is more of a family than anything,” Van Culin said. “I’ve never had to feel this feeling before, but it’s tough knowing this is my last game. I’m going to miss it.”
He went on to talk about his season highlights and described the big win on homecoming and the memories made in practice with his teammates.
Valor also expressed how fun it’s been to play with the seniors on the Monticello team.
“They’re a great group of guys,” Valor said. “I think this the most resilient football team in Minnesota. So, it’s been fun and I’m going to miss them.”
After the game Coach Telecky grabbed the group of seniors and spoke to them separately.
“Every year the last game is really hard emotionally because you realize you no longer get to coach those seniors,” he said. “I ask the guys to invest in the program and believe in me and as a result I have to be willing to invest in them and believe in them as well. I will miss them all in their unique ways.”
The 3-5 team has been fun to watch this season.
“I have enjoyed coaching this team immensely,” Telecky said. “They make all the hours spent worth every second of it. I love these guys.”
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