Cambridge-Isanti led 13-7 at the half, but host Monticello was the only team to score in the second half, rallying for a 20-13 victory. The Magic stayed perfect on the season at 3-0, while the Bluejackets slipped to 2-1.
The C-I offense never crossed the goal line against Monti and turned the ball over four times (two fumbles/two picks). Still, the Jackets owned a 5 1/2 minute edge in time-of-possession.
Hunter Vavra got the Bluejackets on the board when he returned a punt 83 yards five minutes into the Mississippi 8 battle. The Magic answered right back with a quick scoring drive, capped by a 1-yard TD run.
Josh Rouse continued his fine kicking season for C-I when he booted field goals of 41 and 39 yards which had C-I leading at the break.
Monticello went to the air well in the second half as QB Matt Bonk finished with 196 yards against the Jacket defense. Will Bauman’s 9-yard scoring run midway through the third quarter locked the game at 13-13. It took a last-minute drive for the Magic to hold on to first place in the conference when Bonk hooked up with Hayden Laimer on a 16-yard TD pass with 35 seconds remaining in regulation.
Linebacker Kyle Chromy was active on the C-I defense with 13 tackles– three for loss. D-tackle Joe Miller followed with 10.5 tackles– two for loss.
• Next up: The Bluejackets host their Sept. 21 Homecoming game with Buffalo coming to town for a Mississippi 8 matchup. The Bison (0-3) were tipped by tough Rogers 38-35 last week.
Monticello 20, Cambridge-Isanti 13
First Downs 9 15
Rushing 38/132 32/144
Passing 9/4/2 23/13/0
Passing Yds 66 196
Total Yds 198 340
Bluejacket Individual Stats
Rushing: Laidly 19/58; Holt 12/32; Knowlton 2/25; Solberg 5/17. Passing: Solberg 8/4/1- 66 yds. Receiving: Kuehn 2/40; Swanson 1/16; Knowlton 1/10.
Tackles: Chromy 13, Miller 10.5, Holt 7.5, Iglesias 6.5, Gossen 6, Kuehn 5.5, Solberg 5, Johnson 5, Vavra 4.5.
Kicking: Rouse 2 FG (41 & 39 yds), 1/1 X-pts, 4 kickoffs 55.0 avg; Johnson 4 punts 28.8 avg.
Mississippi 8 Football: Monticello 3-0, 3-0; Rogers 2-0, 3-0; St. Michael-Alb. 2-1, 2-1; Cambridge-Isanti 1-1, 2-1; Duluth East 0-1, 1-2; Big Lake 0-2, 0-3; Buffalo 0-2, 0-3; Duluth Denfeld 0-1, 0-3