CRETE | It wasn't the five field goals by John Duvic that hurt Crete-Monee on Friday night. The Benet Academy kicker was good from up to 50 yards out, but that wasn't the Warriors' main problem.
The Warriors' main problem was their youth and inexperience. Their offense struggled from start to finish in a 30-6 loss to Benet (4-0) in the battle of unbeatens, and the outcome saddled Crete-Monee with its first home loss since 2010.
Crete-Monee (3-1) had won 17 straight, including the first three games this season, and 27 of the previous 28 games. But with a sophomore quarterback in Frank Douglas facing a seasoned defense in the RedWings, and with Duvic on Benet's side to clean up any shortcomings in its offense – and there were several on this occasion – the Warriors were up against it.
"It hurts bad," Crete head coach John Konecki said. "We had opportunities on offense and didn't capitalize."
Douglas was 3-of-19 passing for just 5 yards. Lucas Hommas alternated with him in the second half but completed only one pass for 2 yards. And the Benet defensive line clamped down on the rushing attack, holding Crete to 143 yards on the ground, and only 39 in the second half.
"We were trying to change it up," Konecki said. "Lucas is a little better on reads."
Benet ran off to a 15-0 lead in the first half, a 13-yard connection between Jack Beneventi and Joe Weidenbach, plus a safety, sandwiched between Duvic's first two field goals. Duvic connected from 42 and 34 yards. There was more to come.
In the second half, he hit from 37, 40 and a personal-best 50 yards out, connecting on five of six attempts. He might have gotten one more chance, but the RedWings decided to punt instead with the game decided in the late going.
Crete's only score came on Deon Benton's big play, a block of a Duvic punt 3:31 into the third quarter. He got a paw on the ball, then grabbed it on the first bounce at the 20 and raced to the end zone. That cut Benet's lead to 15-6, but a two-point conversion followed, and Brad Sznajder's 91-yard kickoff return score followed that for Benet. Sznajder ran for 107 yard on 15 carries, but never found the end zone otherwise.