Montalvo leads Lincoln-Way West to win over Rochelle
By Randy Whalen For Sun-Times Media October 27, 2012 2:02AM
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Lincoln-Way West’s Javier Montalvo ran for 193 yards and two touchdowns.
Given an opportunity Javier Montalvo has delivered.
The Lincoln-Way West running back racked up 193 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Warriors ran over host Rochelle 35-0 in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs Friday night.
The Warriors (7-3) advanced to the second round. Rochelle finished the season at 6-4.
With West’s record at .500 after Week 6, Montalvo was inserted in the lineup as a starter. He made the most of it by rushing for 208 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in a 39-16 Week 7 victory over Stagg. He hasn’t slowed down since, and neither have the Warriors.
“I got more playing time starting with the Stagg game,” Montalvo said. “The first time I started I was nervous and stuff. But I just work hard and the blocking has been the best. The O-line is great.”
Montalvo set the tone on the opening play from scrimmage as he ripped off a 25-yard run. Nine plays later, running back Rich Kruis was in the end zone on 1-yard run for the first of his three TDs.
“We had three running backs to start the season, but Nick Dangles went down with an injury,” West coach Dave Ernst said. “Javier stepped up in that role. I couldn’t be prouder of this group of guys. We’re a different team than we were four weeks ago.”
Kruis scored again from 7 yards out to increase the lead to 14-0 with 3:03 left in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Montalvo was off to the races with TD runs of 21 and 36 yards. West led 28-0 at halftime.
“The difference is on offense we’ve put it all together,” Montalvo said. “I just followed great blocks by my line and receivers.”
The Warriors’ final TD came on a 2-yard run by Kruis (10 carries, 50 yards) midway through the third quarter. The defense did the rest, handing the Hubs their first shutout of the year.
“To come here we had to drive by Sycamore, and we didn’t want that to happen again,” West defensive lineman Matt Soraghan said of his teams season-opening 19-13 loss at Sycamore. “(Defensive) coach (Luke) Lokanc told us before the Stagg game that the playoffs were on the line and we’ve had that mentality ever since. We just want to keep buying ourselves more time, especially the seniors.”
Alex Gray had an interception and Ray Rodriguez recovered a fumble as West’s first-string defense limited the Hubs to 73 yards in their first six possessions.