The Monticello Magic football team got a homecoming night football victory with a 41-26 victory over the Buffalo Bison on Friday, Oct. 4 at Monticello Memorial Stadium.
It took the Magic less than a minute to get on the scoreboard when Monticello's Sam Valor took a handoff from quarterback Alex Opatz 58 yards for a touchdown. When Opatz found Thomas Van Culin in the end zone the Magic held a 13-0 lead over Buffalo.
The Bison scored early in the second quarter but Valor answered with a 48-yard scamper down the sideline to give the Magic a 20-6 lead. But Monticello wasn't done scoring yet. With 8 seconds left in the first half, Opitz hit Jacob Galvin for Galvin's only catch of the night- a six-yard touchdown catch that put Monticello up 27-6 at halftime.
Buffalo opened the second half by eating nearly 9 minutes off the clock enroute to a touchdown and 2-point conversion that cut Monticello's lead to 27-14. Monticello answered with Opatz and Van Culin connecting for their second touchdown of the night- a 35-yard reception with 50 seconds left in the third quarter that put the Magic up 34-14.
Buffalo scored about 2 minutes into the fourth quarter but missed on the 2-point conversion cut its deficit to 34-20.
But a 67-yard scoring drive by Monticello with running back Calvin Schmitz gaining all 67 yards put the Magic up 41-20. With 2:29 left in the game, Buffalo scored again, but missed another 2-point conversion.
The game ended with Monticello taking a 41-26 win on homecoming night.
The Magic chalked up 325 yards on the ground. Valor led all runners with 177 yards. Schmitz had 142 rushing yards. Isaiah Karels led Buffalo with 100 yards rushing.
Passing, Opatz was 5-for-6 on the night for 101 yards. He threw three touchdown passes and averaged 16.8 yard per pass on his way to a 158.3 QB rating.
Van Culin was Monti's leading receiver with two receptions for 67 yards- both touchdowns. Schmitz had a 15-yard reception out of the backfield while Valor caught a 13-yard pass.
Buffalo's Aidan Bauman aired the ball out 45 times and connected with his receivers on 29 of those passes for 270 yards. He threw one interception to Monticello's Van Culin.
On defense, Michael Johnston led the Magic with 9 tackles. Avery Fluekiger had 6 tackles for Monticello. Jackson Pribyl assisted on 10 tackles. Jacob Suter assisted on 9.
The 2-4 Monticello Magic head to Elk River to face the Elks on Friday, Oct. 11 at Elk River High School. Kick off is at 7 p.m.