Jerry Verde, right, and the 2012 Crete Monee football team won the Class 6A title. Verde, now the coach at Marian Catholic, is opposed to separating public and private schools in the state tournament.
Crete-Monee players dump a cooler of water on head coach Jerry Verde after winning the 6A State championship in Champaign last November.
Crete Monee players accept the 6A State championship trophy while head coach Jerry Verde, right, looks on. Verde left to become the head coach at Marian Catholic.
Mt. Carmel fans cheering on the Caravan
Crete-Monee defenders swarm Cary-Grove wide receiver Marcus Thimios, center.
Crete-Monee fans cheer while trying to stay warm.
Crete-Monee players dump a cooler of water on head coach Brad Seaburg after winning Saturday's 6A State Champioship in Champaign.
Crete-Monee defensive back LaQuon Treadwell intercepts a Cary-Grove pass intended for Kaene Connington, far right.
Crete-Monee players accept the 6A State Championship trophy while coach Jerry Verde, right, looks on
Mount Carmel running back Matt Domer runs for a first down against Neuqua Valley during Saturday's Class 8A semifinal.
Mount Carmel wide receiver Vincent Speller catches a pass in the first half against Lyons Township in Saturday's Class 8A quarterfinals.
Mount Carmel defensive back Vincent Speller, ground, brings down Lyons Township's Jamari Burkswn on Saturday night.
Mount Carmel quarterback Don Butkus runs for a first down in the first quarter of Saturday's Class 8A quarterfinal game.
Mount Carmel running back Matt Domer picks up a big first-quarter gain Saturday night against Lyons Township.
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Mount Carmel wide receiver Jason Gasser fights for extra yards after a first-quarter reception against Lyons Township on Saturday night.
Mount Carmel running back Matt Domer takes on two Lyons Township defenders during Saturday's playoff game.
Mt. Carmel running back Matt Domer breaks open for yardage Saturday against Brother Rice.
Mt. Carmel's Deontae Brown, right, blocks a Brother Rice field goal attempt in the second quarter.
Mt. Carmel quarterback Don Butkus weaves his way into the end zone for a third-quarter touchdown against Brother Rice on Saturday.
Mt. Carmel wide receiver Vincent Speller takes a Don Butkus pass into the end zone for a two-point conversion Saturday.
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