Welter sets program record as Sages slowly but surely cruise

Welter sets program record as Sages slowly but surely cruise

CHAMPAIGN — A historic moment for Monticello football coach Cully Welter is one he's not keen on remembering.

"I'm really upset with myself. I thought I coached a horrible game," Welter said after his Sages knocked off St. Thomas More 35-6 on a rainy, windy Friday of Illini Prairie Conference action. "Fortunately, we've got some pretty good players that overcame my ineptness."

Monticello (3-0, 3-0 IPC) delivered Welter his 78th career victory with the Sages, placing him atop the program leaderboard.

Seniors Alek Bundy and Braden Snyder rushed from 9 and 1 yards out, respectively, in the first nine minutes to give Monticello all the points it would need.

Snyder later tossed a pair of touchdown passes, and senior Asher Bradd returned a punt 32 yards to paydirt.

"Our defense, we kind of stuck to our game plan," said Bradd, who also intercepted Sabers senior playcaller Bryson Lee. "But offense, we just tried to get anything going that we could."

STM (1-2, 1-2) broke the shutout with less than a minute to play on junior Eivory Shellman's 3-yard plunge.

"I feel like we spotted them 14 points," Sabers coach Nathan Watson said. "You can't spot a team like that 14 points."