Last year's record: 10-1 (5-0 Southland Athletic Conference), lost to Peoria Richwoods in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.
Head coach: Jerry Verde
Record: 34-9 at school and overall.
Assistant coaches: John Konecki, Jim Jensen, Darian Yarborough, Mike Turay, Greg Murray, Greg Schneider, Terry Barney.
Starters back: 11 (5 on offense, 6 on defense)
Top offensive players: LaQuon Treadwell, Sr., WR (75 catches, 1,391 yards, 18 TDs); Marcus Terrell, Sr., QB (199-of-301 passing, 2,822 yards, 29 TDs, 4 INTs, 193 yards rushing, 5 TDs); Lance Lenoir, Sr., WR (48 catches, 625 yards, 3 TDs);Kyle Tilley, Sr., RB (387 yards, 8.1 yards-per-carry); Austin Rosenfeldt, Sr. OL
Top defensive players: Nyles Morgan, Jr., LB (81 total tackles, 6 TFLs, 4 sacks); Travelle Smith, Sr. DE (30 tackles, 4 TFL, 5 sacks); John Schultz, Sr., DT (30 tackles, 2 TFL, 4 sacks); Treadwell, Sr. DB (45 tackles, 10 TFL, 8 sacks); Jaylen Dunalp, Sr., DB.
The Times Breakdown
There is a lot of experience and depth as well as high hopes for the Warriors. Last year, ended with a crushing loss to Peoria Richwoods in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs after Crete completed the program's first undefeated regular season since 1952. Treadwell has an 'X' on his back, but there are too many weapons starting with Terrell at quarterback and Lenior at wideout. Running backs Tilley and DeShawn Smith give the Warriors a potent running attack. A big offensive line, anchored by Rosenfeldt, will clear the way. Let's not forget a tough defense anchored by Travelle Smith and Schultz on the line. Morgan is getting a lot of looks from major schools at his linebacker position. There is not a weak spot, but the key will be how hard this team works. Crete has not lost a conference game since 2007 and is undefeated in the Southland Athletic Conference and has made it to the quarterfinals in two of the least three years.
Quote: "We have a lot of potential and some high expectations for this season, but must first concentrate on a talented and well-coached T.F. South team for week one." !~ Verde
!~ Compiled by Mike Nieto