CRETE | It wasn't pretty, but Crete-Monee sure will take it.
The Times No. 2 Warriors overcame 17 penalties for 143 yards Friday to top Simeon 14-12, hanging on as the Wolverines missed a field goal with six seconds remaining.
Crete-Monee amassed 12 penalties for yards in a first half that only saw it gain 15 yards on the ground. It didn't get much better as the Warriors offense was unable to get in sync throughout the game.
"I thought that we kept our composure pretty well," Warriors coach John Konecki said. "For the coaches and players, we need to be in games like this. We need to win close ones."
A lost fumble with 8:07 remaining in the game was Crete's third on the night. Simeon was unable to capitalize, giving the ball back less than three minutes later. The Wolverines also lost three fumbles.
"At the end of the day you walk away with the 'W,'" Konecki said. "I'm happy that we have the 'W,' and there's a number of things we have to clean up, and we'll clean them up."
Crete-Monee quarterback Frank Douglas threw two touchdown passes.
"It felt like we were shooting ourselves in the foot today," Douglas said. "We just have to focus more in the game."
Douglas' first touchdown throw came with 27 seconds remaining in the first half and answered a Simeon interception return for a touchdown. Douglas found DeShaun Smith for a screen and an 11-yard score.
"It's still good to get the win," Douglas said. "I'm looking forward to doing better next week."
After Simeon took a brief 12-7 lead in the third quarter, Douglas found Kevon Love for the go ahead and game winning score.
"I knew we were always competitors," Konecki said. "But we competed the entire game, and I'm proud of them."