Sages Going Small: Monticello looks for 10th-straight playoff appearance

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MONTICELLO (WCIA) — Cully Welter and consistency go hand-in-hand. The Monticello football coach has been to the playoffs all nine years with the program. To make it 10 in-a-row, Welter will have to find success playing small. 

“We’re much more faster than we are big,” Welter said. “Our success is going to be contingent upon how well our linemen come around. I feel like we have a very solid group of skill guys. We have good team speed but we’re going to need some guys to step up up front.”

Monticello returns several skill players including quarterback Braden Snyder and his top receiving targets Asher Bradd, Devin Graham and Alek Bundy. On the defensive side, four-year starting defensive end Riley Austin anchors the line, along with multi-year starting linebackers Cole Reedy and Jack Spence, but both lines are the biggest questions. 

“The biggest challenge is probably just playing as a unit,” Austin said. “We have good individual guys but getting us to come together is going to be the biggest (challenge) but I think we can do that.”

The Sages finished in a three-way tie as Illini Prairie Conference champions last year, going 8-1 in the first year of the league. Monticello opens the 2018 season hosting Olympia on Aug. 24.

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