Another record-setting performance by senior quarterback Brett Berg­eson and his receiving corps lifted the Monte­video football team to a dramatic 56-49 road win over Albany, the state’s second-ranked team in Class AAA, Friday.


Another record-setting performance by senior quarterback Brett Berg­eson and his receiving corps lifted the Monte­video football team to a dramatic 56-49 road win over Albany, the state’s second-ranked team in Class AAA, Friday.

Montevideo (4-0) stunned the perennial powerhouse Huskies with touchdown passes of 44, 5 and 4 yards from Berge­son to Colton Vien to take a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.

But Albany dominated the second quarter with its rushing attack to lead 28-21 at halftime.

“It was a mental letdown,” said Montevideo coach Dave Vik. “We could have folded, but we didn’t. We kept hammering and hammering.”

Actually, Bergeson kept throwing and throwing. He hit fullback Jake Douglas with a 17-yard scoring pass to tie the score, but the Huskies answered with a pair of TD runs to lead 42-28 heading into what would be a wild fourth quarter.

Montevideo’s prospects looked bleak when Albany’s Jeremy Klein scored on a 15-yard run with 11:08 to play.

A 35-yard pass from Beregeson to Joe Bednar set up Vien’s fourth TD reception, this one from 21 yards.

Montevideo’s defense came up with a crucial stop, and Bergeson connected with Kyle TeBeest on a 31-yard scoring play with 5:57 remaining.

Tanner Lindemann re­covered an Albany fumble and the T-Hawks pulled within 49-48 when Bergeson lofted a 49-yard pass to TeBeest, who pulled the ball down despite tight coverage.

Vik elected to go for the win with a two-point conversion, but a pass play was incomplete.

Montevideo had two timeouts left, but only 1:40 remained on the clock.

Albany’s second fumble of the fourth quarter was recovered by Grant Tufto, giving Montevideo re­newed hope.

Bergeson connected with Bednar for 44 yards to the 3-yard line, and Douglas scored on the next play to complete the improbable comeback.

Albany made one first down before Douglas picked off a Huskies pass to seal the deal.

“It’s the most emotional win any of us have ever had,” said Bergeson, who threw for school records of 24 completions, 502 yards and seven touchdowns. “We knew we had a bunch of talent on this team. It’s no surprise to us we’ve got the record we have.”

The T-Hawks will likely be ranked in the top 10 in the state when they travel to Minnewaska on Friday to play the winless Lakers.

“That’s what we’re stressing in practice this week, not to have a letdown,” said Bergeson.

Scoring by quarters
Monte 21 0 7 28   —  56
Albany 0 28 14 7   —   49
First Quarter
Monte — Colton Vien 44 pass from Brett Bergeson (Derek Rodeberg kick).
Monte — Vien 5 pass from Bergeson (Rodeberg kick).
Monte — Vien 4 pass from Bergeson (Rodeberg kick).
Second Quarter
Albany — Tony Harlander 8 run (kick failed).
Albany — Harlander 1 run (Dylan Shay pass from Harlander).
Albany — Aaron Eiynck 7 run (Scott Litchy kick).
Albany — Eiynck 20 run (Litchy kick).
Third Quarter
Monte — Jake Douglas 17 pass from Bergeson (Rodeberg kick).
Albany — Eiynck 2 run (kick blocked).
Albany — Travis Sand 31 run (Harlander run).
Fourth Quarter
Albany — Jeremy Klein 15 run (Litchy kick).
Monte — Vien 21 pass from Bergeson (Rodeberg kick).
Monte — Kyle TeBeest 31 pass from Bergeson (Rodeberg kick).
Monte — TeBeest 49 pass from Bergeson (pass failed).
Monte — Douglas 3 run (Vien pass from Bergeson).

Team stats Monte Albany
First downs 30 24
Total net yards  648  453
Plays 81 67
Net yards rushing 146 397
Attempts 41 58
Net yards passing   502 56
Comp-att-int 24-40-0 3-9-1
Fumbles lost 1 2
Punts-avg 3-28 4-30
Penalties-yards 6-35 1-10

Individual leaders:
RUSHING: Monte: Jake Douglas 36-143, Joe Bednar 4-16, Phillip Ward 2-(-1), Brett Bergeson 9-(-12). Albany: Travis Sand 8-174, Aaron Eiynck 14-121, Zach Paggen 12-44, Tony Harlander 11-36, Jeremy Klein 1-15.        
PASSING: Monte: Bergeson 24-40-0, 502 yards. Albany: Harland­er 3-9-1, 56 yards.    
RECEIVING: Monte: Colton Vien 9-141, Bednar 6-181, Kyle TeBeest 5-127, Ward 3-36, Douglas 1-17. Albany: Zach Raeker 1-34, Dylan Shay 1-28, Travis Sand 1-(-6).              
INTERCEPTIONS: Monte: Douglas 1.     
FUMBLE RECOVERIES: Monte: Tanner Lindemann 1, Grant Tufto 1.
TACKLES (solo-assist): Monte: Charles O’Malley 11-6, Bergeson 6-4, Lindemann 5-4, Vien 5-1, Brett Erickson 5-1, Derek Rodeberg 4-1, TeBeest 3-2.

West Central North Football
Final Conf. All
Montevideo 3-0 4-0
NL-Spicer 1-0 3-1
Albany  1-1 3-1
Sauk Centre 1-1 1-3
Melrose 0-2 1-3
Minnewaska 0-2 0-5