MONTGOMERY — After scoring three touchdowns on their first five offensive plays, the Immaculata High School football team (5-3) put on a show, dominating Montgomery 60-28 Friday night at Cougar Stadium.
Senior Chandler Vanderbeek rushed 11 times for 233 yards and four touchdowns in the opening half, busting out for scoring runs of 41, 35, 59 and 16 yards. Vanderbeek added an 80 yard touchdown romp on the first play of the second half and finished with 313 yards on the ground in the contest.
“We had a great week of practice and the offensive line played tremendous in this game,” Vanderbeek said. “They opened up huge holes for me and when I hit the holes, I put my head down and I was not going to be stopped tonight.”
Quarterback Izzy Sanders tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Ibn Bailey and Bailey also found the end zone on a reverse as the Spartans piled up more than 400 yards from scrimmage.
“I couldn’t be prouder of these guys, they came out and answered the bell. Their focus was tremendous tonight,” Immaculata head coach John Hack said. “Montgomery did a good job of putting 14 quick points on the board and we knew that Montgomery wasn’t going to give up. Our kids have a lot of heart and they showed it tonight.”
The score was 46-14 at the half and after Vanderbeek’s fifth touchdown of the night, the Spartans pulled back and ran out the clock, dominating the line of scrimmage even with their reserves on the field.
Montgomery (4-4), down 21-0, jolted the sellout crowd on Senior Night into a frenzy, when Wyatt Colangelo took back the kickoff following Immaculata’s third touchdown 90 yards. After the Spartans fumbled and Montgomery pounced on it, freshman Jared Reinson bowled in from three yards out to briefly cut the lead to seven.
But just one play after the ensuing kickoff, Vanderbeek went 59 yards around the left end, stretching the lead back to double digits and allowing the Spartans to put it in cruise control.
“The offensive line got the game ball tonight, paving holes for Chandler,” Hack said. “Chandler was unbelievable tonight; when he got to the outside, he hit another level. His burst was like playing a video game. It was unbelievable.”
Reinson added a second touchdown in the second half for Montgomery, which simply didn’t have the firepower to stay with the high-octane Spartans on this night.
I – Vanderbeek 41 run (Szymanski kick)
I – Bailey 61 pass from Sanders (Szymanski kick)
I – Vanderbeek 35 run (Szymanski kick)
M – Colangelo 90 kickoff return (Flood kick)
M – Reinson 3 run (Flood kick)
I – Vanderbeek 59 run (Rasimowicz kick)
I – Bailey 16 run (kick failed)
I – Vanderbeek 16 run (kick blocked)
I – Bailey 15 pass from Sanders (kick failed)
I – Vanderbeek 80 run (Raimowicz kick)
M – Reinson 1 run (Flood kick)
I – Spencer recovers fumble in end zone (Rasimowicz kick)
M – Miller 8 run (Flood kick)
RUSHING: I – Vanderbeek 11-313, Fallon 3-41, Sanders 3-32, Fama 5-32, Bailey 1-16, Phelan 3-13, Banks 6-11, Sokalski 1-8, Szymanski 2-7, Bathan 3-minus 3 ; M – Colangelo 9-42, Chenimineni 3-20, Miller 1-8, Reinson 3-7, Schmidt 3-2, Curry 1-3, Clemons 2-0, Chugunov 8-minus 30.
PASSING: I – Sanders 5-7-113, Fama 1-1-20, Phelan 1-1-2; M – Chugunov 9-21-122.
RECEIVING: I – Bailey 2-76, Lynam 1-24, Falgiano 1-20, Vanderbeek 1-7, Beeck 1-6, Walker 1-2; M – Wallace 3-57, Gatt 2-22, Clemons 1-16, Chenimineni 1-15, Dolin 1-3.