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Montgomery’s speed, big-play abilities boosts Acalanes

Dante Montgomery catches a pass against Cal on April 17, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Dante Montgomery catches a pass against Cal on April 17, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Speed is just what Acalanes junior slot receiver Dante Montgomery uses to carve through opponents.

The class of 2022 prospect is a speed demon on the football field, and everyone knows it. Senior quarterback Brady Huchingson knows he can find Montgomery in the open field, and there will be little defenses can do to stop him. 

Because he’s the fastest player out there.

“I would say I’m really good at reading where players are not, getting in the open field, just releasing really well I guess,” Montgomery said.

During Montgomery’s first practice leading up to this year, he noticed just what the Dons were capable of.

Just take a look at the weapons around him. Sam Heyman. Evan Malmquist. Will Berrien. Nic Rossi at running back.

“I’d say practice when we got all the boys out for the first time in pads and everything was clicking between me and Brady, and Evan on that other side it’s like if I’m not open he’s going to be open,” Montgomery said. “It’s how it works.”

Berrien (391), Malmquist (312) and Heyman (234) each finished with 200-plus receiving yards, and Montgomery would become the leader of the pack at 439 receiving yards and four touchdowns while averaging 20 yards per reception in Acalanes 5-1 spring season.

Montgomery also ran for 81 yards and a touchdown on four carries.

Two games saw Montgomery surpass 100 receiving yards, going for 192 versus Benicia and then 102 in the season finale against California. He had seven catches in one game. Eight in another.

It was a massive junior campaign for Montgomery, who really invested time in the weight room in the offseason.

“Definitely saw some improvement out here,” Montgomery said. “Definitely got faster, and the work shows. You put it in and are putting it in, it will show up on the field.”

Now he wants to take it up another notch for the fall.

“Get bigger, get stronger, get bigger, get faster, take it to that next level,” Montgomery said.

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