For the second straight week, Monticello found themselves trading second half touchdowns with a tough opponent.
Unfortunately for the Magic, for the second straight week it was a 21-point margin when they began trading touchdowns.
Chisago Lakes downed the Magic football team, 43-29, in an Oct. 11 battle for the Mississippi 8 Red Division title.
The win capped an undefeated season within the division for the Wildcats and moved them to 6-1 overall. Monticello dropped to 3-1 in the division and 4-3 overall.
After a scoreless first quarter, Chisago Lakes grabbed control in the second quarter and never let go.
The Wildcats scored rushing touchdowns on consecutive possessions to take a 14-0 lead, before returning a Magic fumble to the end zone for a 21-point advantage.
Monticello’s offense started to warm up late in the second quarter, but the defense wasn’t able to keep the Wildcats in check.
Monticello got on the board late in the first half, on a three-yard touchdown run by Jake Olson, who finished with 131 yards on just 14 carries. But Chisago answered early in the third quarter with a 68-yard touchdown pass.
The Magic offense wasn’t deterred, as they scored three times in the second half. Two of the touchdowns came on passes from Jake Berthiaume to Andrew Manning, with the other coming on a Manning run. Manning finished the game with six catches for 70 yards and one run for 27 yards.
“He’s been very good,” said Coach Jason Telecky. “He’s gotten better and better every game.”
But Chisago Lakes used their option attack to match the Magic with three second half touchdowns.
“It’s just so hard to simulate [in practice],” said Telecky. “They were so good at it, even though we had guys assigned, they still got fooled.”
The Wildcats rushed for 290 yards in the victory.
Monticello was set to take on Duluth Denfeld at home Wednesday night at 7, after the Monticello Times went to press.
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