NEW LENOX – Lincoln-Way West used a strong defensive performance to help it crush Andrew, 50-13, in a SouthWest Suburban Conference Red game Saturday.
Led by linebacker Trey Telez, the Warriors (4-0, 2-0) limited the Thunderbolts (1-3, 0-2) to one first down and minus-28 yards of total offense through three quarters.
For the second time in three weeks, West was confronted by issues with Mother Nature. Friday’s scheduled start was delayed for two hours before being postponed until Saturday afternoon.
“We had a great week in practice,” Telez said. “That’s where it all starts, and we brought it to the field today. We all played outstanding.”
Telez had two sacks, three other tackles for losses and 11 total tackles on the day.
Defensive lineman Deven Reed had two sacks and two other tackles for losses, while defensive lineman Daniel Wainwright had one of the Warriors six sacks. And Cal Pohrte had a fumble recovery.
“We all flew the ball today,” Reed said. We dominated all day on defense. I had a good day today, as well all did. A great win.”
The Warriors, who will host unbeaten Thornton on Friday, exploded for 30 third-quarter points to start the running with 2:52 left in that period.
Running back Gabe Montalvo scored on runs of 10 and 5 to extend West’s lead to 28-0 with 4:22 left in the quarter. Montalvo rushed for 79 of his 119 yards in the third quarter. He finished with 21 carries and three touchdowns.
“Our defense was outstanding today,” Montalvo said. “I had a good day running the ball, but it’s easy running behind my outstanding offensive line.”
With 2:56 remaining in the third, linebacker Danny Allen intercepted a pass and raced 38 yards for a score to make it 35-0.
“I broke on the pass perfectly, and all the way to the end zone my teammates made a wall around me, which was amazing,” Allen said.
Running back Grahm McClure (7 carries, 58 yards) extended West’s lead to 42-0 with his first of two touchdowns, this one coming from 21 yards out.
The Warriors’ defense added a safety to make it 44-0, then McClure scored on a 4-yard run to extend the lead to 50-0 heading into the final quarter. Andrew scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns against the Warriors’ reserves.
In the first quarter, quarterback Connor Lowman (7 for 15 passing, 106 yards) hit wide receiver Jake Mauney (5 catches, 86 yards) for 71-yard strike for the initial score.
With 50 seconds left before halftime, Montalvo dragged multiple defenders nine yards in for a score. Kicker Kevin Siemeck added the extra point kick.
“Our defense is so fast and just dominated today,” West coach Dave Ernst said. “Trey is such an outstanding linebacker, and he’s only a junior. The offensive line got going in the second half, and Gabe had his typical Gabe day carrying the football. I was so happy for Danny Allen’s pick six. He’s a good player and a great kid.”