Bloom Township made several mistakes in its 12-10 loss to Rich Central, and coach Tony Palombi said he and his staff addressed those mishaps earlier this week.
"We just didn't execute and finish when we needed to," Palombi said. "We eliminate a few turnovers, make some plays and we win the game."
With a game at 1-4 Rich South, Palombi said his 3-2 Blazing Trojans cannot look ahead to Crete-Monee.
"One thing our kids are good at is taking it one game at a time," Palombi said. "We cannot afford to do so. We are focusing on Rich South and working on our game to get better each week."
Crete-Monee special teams on point: Crete-Monee ran back two kickoffs for touchdowns in its rout of Rich East on Saturday. Coach John Konecki said his special teams are a vital part of the Warriors game.
"The coaching staff has worked to increase our production in the specials," Konecki said. "We have been blessed this year with guys who have been able to see the entire field and are taking advantage of it."
He also said the team looked at the mistakes it made it its loss to Benet Academy in Week 4.
"The coaching staff worked tirelessly throughout the last week of preparation to negate penalties and other self-inflicted errors," Konecki said. "In our game against Rich East we were able to cut down on a number of mistakes we made in weeks three and four."
Rebels back home: After four straight road games, T.F. South returns home Friday to face Eisenhower in a South Suburban crossover game.
South is 2-3 and Eisenhower is 4-1. Rebels coach Tom Padjen said his team will have to be on its game.
"Eisenhower has some big-play guys and are a good team," Padjen said. "Last week (a loss to Bremen), we were in the red zone twice and came away with nothing. We have to execute and take advantage when we have the opportunity.
"We have the rest of our games at home, so we have to take advantage of having the home field."
On the road: Marian Catholic will travel to Champaign Friday to play Champaign Central at Centennial High School. Marian has lost three in a row and is 2-3, and coach Jerry Verde sees this week as key to his team's season success.
"This is an extremely important game for us. If we can pick up a victory we would be 3-3 and would need to win two out of three to make the playoffs," Verde said. "We will need to stay focused, Champaign Central is a much better team than last year. "
Marian picked up its only win last year, 38-0 over the Maroons.
Verde is happy with the freshman team, which is 5-0 with three of those wins in the East Suburban Catholic Conference.
"There are many players on that team with great potential," Verde said. "Coach (Josh) Howe and his freshmen staff have done an excellent job getting them to buy in to the program and preparing for games."