When people talk about the Kapaun Mount Carmel football dynasty, they’re not making it up.
Coached by Ed Kriwiel, the Crusaders were 177-29 from 1970-87, won nine state championships and were second four times.
One of the key players on a couple of those teams was lineman Doug Monty, an All-City player in 1984 and 1985.
But Kapaun hasn’t won a state championship since 1987 and the old Crusaders guard, which includes so many of the City League’s finest players, is restless as they watch arch-rival Bishop Carroll carry the league’s mantel.
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There’s another Monty at Kapaun – Doug’s son, Brock. He’s a quarterback, and a good one. As a sophomore last season, Monty led Kapaun to the Class 5A semifinals, where the Crusaders were beaten by Salina South. Now Kapaun is trying to get back to the playoffs through a difficult district that includes Emporia, Andover and Heights.
“We’re playing good football now,” Brock Monty said. “After we got past Week 3, we really all came together and started feeling good.”
Monty was the All-City quarterback as a sophomore last season, when he passed for 1,254 yards and rushed for 613. He’s having similar success this season, but Kapaun lost two of its first three games to Northwest and Carroll before beating West, Southeast and North in successive weeks.
“Brock is one of the best I’ve had,” Kapaun coach Dan Adelhardt said. “When you take everything into account – the skill set, the intangibles, the desire and the ambition – he’s got it all. He’s a great character kid who works hard in the weight room and in the classroom. Just this morning (before Kapaun’s game at Emporia) he was taking a calculus test.”
Doug Monty, who works in law enforcement, takes no credit for his son’s ability. He was, after all, a lineman.
“I actually throw a pretty good ball,” he said. “I just couldn’t move out of anybody’s way.”
His wife, Sally, probably has a lot to do with their son’s athletic skills. She was an All-City basketball player at Kapaun in 1986, when her last name was Knackstedt.
Doug Monty said he and Sally try to find a secluded place during games where they can watch Brock with as little distraction as possible.
“It’s not like we’re anti-social,” Monty said. “When I made a mistake as a lineman, nobody saw it. But when Brock makes a mistake, everybody is like, ‘Oh.’ It’s honestly a lot harder to watch him than it was when I was playing. To say I’m proud would be an understatement. He works his tail off and keeps his nose to the grindstone.”
Doug Monty actually grew up with Carroll ties. His brother, David, was the starting quarterback for the Eagles in 1974. A cousin, Gary, started at quarterback for Carroll a few years earlier.
“I was the slow, fat one of the group so I played O-line,” Monty said.
When he was in the eighth grade, his brother took him to a Carroll-Kapaun game. In those days the rivalry was as one-sided as it is now, but in the Crusaders’ favor.
“Kapaun looked like the Dallas Cowboys out there to me,” Monty said.
So he figured out a way to go to Kapaun, where he got to play for Kriwiel, met his wife and now cheers on his son, one of the best players in the City League.
“I’ve always been interested in football because I come from a big football family,” Brock Monty said. “I always wanted to play when I was young, but my parents didn’t let me start until I was in the fifth grade. So I played soccer and basketball until then. I came into high school thinking basketball would be my sport, but things just kind of flipped.”
As a freshman in 2013, Monty was called up from the junior varsity late in the season and came in to rescue a game against West, leading a comeback that resulted in a 39-28 win. He started the final two games of that season.
“Moving a kid up like that can be a real roll of the dice,” Adelhardt said. “You take a kid from his group of friends and you don’t know how they’re going to react or how his older teammates are going to react. And you wonder about the physical nature of the game for a 14-year-old kid like that.”
But Brock Monty didn’t flinch and he’s been Kapaun’s starter since. The Crusaders’ 10-2 record last season was their best since 1987, when Doug was a freshman at Friends.
Brock Monty has the size (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) to play quarterback in college. But he’s not letting himself think about that now. He insists he’s zoned in on the moment. Every game, every practice.
“I honestly think I can do both, pass and run,” Monty said. “Coach Adelhardt likes to do a lot of everything with our offense. We go from five wide to the triple option. My legs help me if the pocket is breaking down because I can take off and run.”
More than anything, though, Monty has the will to be as good as he can be. And great genes handed down from his family. Even the slow, fat offensive lineman.