Lambert, Recker, Panthers break away from Bellevue

Justin Recker pulls down a pass for a Monticello touchdown in the Panthers' Sept. 4 game at Bellevue. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Panther quarterback Luke Lambert (4) finds some room to run against the Bellevue defense. At left is teammate Tate Petersen.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     A 35-point second half barrage broke open a close game and propelled the Monticello High School football team to a 49-20 win Sept. 4 at Bellevue, lifting the Panthers’ season record to 2-0.

     Luke Lambert passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns, all of which were caught by Justin Recker, who had eight catches for 167 yards.

     Monticello took a 14-6 halftime lead, but scored four of the first five touchdowns of the second half to open a 42-13 lead.

     “We challenged them at halftime to come out with some emotion,” Monticello coach Wes Wilson said. “They loosened up and made some plays.”

     Neither team scored in the first half until Lambert threw a pass to Recker near the right sideline at about the 25. Recker broke free from a tackler and scored to complete a 49-yard play.

     Bellevue answered with a three-yard scoring run from Jacob Waller, but the Panthers gained the lead for good on another Lambert-to-Recker pass, this one for 22 yards, with 8:59 left in the first half. The 14-6 Monticello lead carried into halftime.

     Lambert scored the next two touchdowns, on runs of four and two yards, to give Monticello a 28-6 lead late in the third quarter.

     Bellevue scored on a one-yard run by quarterback Max Jackson to cut the margin to 28-13 late in the period, then tried an onside kick, but the Panthers’ Ty Jesenovec recovered.

     Then came two more Monticello scores, a 43-yard run by Tyler Luensman on a pitchout from Lambert in which Luensman broke at least three tackles, and one more Lambert-to-Recker scoring pass, in which Recker out-wrestled a defender for the ball in the end zone.

     Each team tallied one more time; Bellevue on a three-yard run by Waller with 4:46 to play, and Monticello on a 25-yard run by Preston Ries with just 1:06 left. In between, the Comets tried one more onside kick, with the Panthers’ Tate Petersen recovering this time.

     Caleb Sauser intercepted two passes for the Panthers.

     Monticello is scheduled to play host to Anamosa Sept. 11 in the annual Cowbell Trophy game.


Sept. 4

Monti    7   7  14  21 – 49

Bel.       6   0   7    7  – 20



     Monti – Recker 49 pass from Lambert (Castillo kick), 3:47 remaining.

     Bel – Waller 3 run (kick failed), 0:04.4.


     Monti – Recker 22 pass from Lambert (Castillo kick), 8:59.


     Monti – Lambert 4 run (Castillo kick), 7:26.

     Monti – Lambert 2 run (Castillo kick), 1:11.

     Bel – Jackson 1 run (Kloser kick)< 0:12.1.


     Monti – T. Luensman 43 run (Castillo kick), 11:48.

     Monti – Recker 22 pass from Lambert (Castillo kick), 9:02.

     Bel – Waller 3 run (Kloser kick), 4:46.

     Monti – Ries 25 run (Castillo kick), 1:06.


                                Monti             Bel

First downs               16                 16

Rushing yds.            199               224

Passing yds.             275                87

Comp.-att.-int.      18-27-0           9-19-2

Total yds.                 474               311

Fumbles lost             0                    0

Penalties                7-45              5-30


     Rushing – Lambert 24-67, Ries 3-62, T. Luensman 2-50, Kramer 7-15, Roher 1-3, Sauser 1-2.

     Passing – Lambert 18-27-275-3-0.

     Receiving – Recker 8-167, Sauser 3-50, Petersen 1-20, Ries 1-11, Kramer 1-8, T. Luensman 1-6.

     Interceptions – Sauser 2.



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