The Monticello Magic took on rivals, the Becker Bulldogs in Friday’s game at 7 p.m.
Becker had the home field advantage and Monticello led with the kickoff.
The game started in good spirits as quarterback, Alex Opatz threw to Eli Kuhn for 17 yards and then again at the 21 yard line, but couldn’t score.
Becker and Monticello both had a slow start and ended the first quarter zero to zero.
In the second quarter a tackle by Sam Valor got the team amped up and resulted in a sideline flag on the play. Becker kicked for three making the score 3-0 with 8:10 left in the second quarter.
Becker took their third timeout of the first half with 2:15 left and later made it to 42, but couldn’t score.
Going into the half time huddle the score was 3-0. Opatz was 5-16 for 46 yards, Kuhn had four catches for 43 yards and Calvin Schmitz lead with seven rushing yards.
Head coach Jason Telecky said that the team was hopeful going into the second half and the Magic needed to be more disciplined.
“We made a lot of mistakes and we need to be more disciplined in practice,” Telecky said.
In the third quarter the score remained 3-0 until Opatz threw the ball and it was intercepted for a touchdown. Becker took another lead, 10-0, with 6:54 left in the third quarter.
Monticello fought hard, but the points given up to Becker can be chalked up to penalties.
In the third quarter a penalty by the Magic gave Becker a first down on their own 37 yard line. The Bulldogs responded with a running touchdown, making it 16-0. Valor and Schmitz continued to make great runs, which resulted in Wyatt Sawatzke kicking and scoring three with 11:15 left in the game.
The Magic never gave up. They were always bringing the fight. Jacob Suter was among many who showed promise on the defensive line.
“Jacob Suter was unblockable,” Telecky said “He was the best player on this field. There’s no doubt about it. There was other guys that played very well, but he definitely stands out.”
Unfortunately, Monticello couldn’t come back and Becker took the win 22-3.
The Magic looks forward to getting a win against Cambridge-Isanti on Friday, Sept. 6 on their home field.
“On Monday we’ll look at the mistakes we made on film and figure out a way to drill it in practice,” the head coach said. “We have to figure out a way to increase the intensity and anxiety level in practice to replicate a game.”
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