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Unusual as usual: Ellis not phased by early obstacles, leads UD to first win

Updated: 2 days ago

By Jordyn J. Bennett

UPPER DARBY, Penn. — Coming from most teams, “overcoming the adversity” is just

another cliché used to patronize the media’s redundant weekly questions; however, as an Upper

Darby High School Football player, that phrase may be an understatement.

The Royals first game of the year against Bonner-Prendie (Drexel Hill) ended early, after

an altercation in the crowd caused fans to storm the field in frantic chaos amidst Upper Darby’s

attempt at a fourth quarter comeback; their second game, a 55-20 blowout delivered by Garnet

Valley High School (Glen Mills).

UD’s matchup with Penncrest High School (Media) was one Royals senior quarterback

Montez Ellis knew would have to be a staple in putting the tempestuous start to their season

behind them.

“That’s the hardest thing to do is to win a football game,” Ellis said.

Penncrest wouldn’t make it easy, but it was no way Ellis was losing that game.

The two Central League foes delivered bone crushing blows for four quarters, but the

Royals toughed out a 35-27 victory carried out by a stellar performance by their senior leader: 19

carries, 284 yards, 4 touchdowns.

“The o-line, they made a couple blocks, put a body on somebody, and I was able to make
plays with my legs like I usually do and win us the game,” he said.

Big performances from Ellis are the norm even on rough days, notching a 100-yard game

in Upper Darby’s previous loss. One of the most talked about athletes in Delaware County

coming into the season, the All-Delco Player of the Year potential stood out on both sides of the

ball for No Lackin’ 7-on-7 and grinded in the weight room so he could continue to make more

plays: As he usually does.

“I conditioned a lot to make sure I was in shape; I made sure I trained my body right (so)

come the season’s start, I was prepared for anything that comes my way.”

Ellis is ready for anything and everything, taking the momentum of a big game and his

first win along with him.

“Going into this week and the rest of the season, (I’m focused on) being a leader to the
team, making sure everybody is on the same page, so we can get Ws, make it to the playoffs and
be a captain of the Upper Darby football team.”

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