PREP FOOTBALL NOTES

Crete-Monee set for showdown with Benet

2013-09-17T18:00:00Z 2013-09-18T03:00:11Z Crete-Monee set for showdown with BenetMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com
September 17, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

Crete-Monee got a scare Friday as it was almost upset at home by Simeon.

The Wolverines' field-goal attempt with 6 seconds left was no good and Times No. 2 Crete-Monee escaped with a 14-12 win.

Crete had 17 penatlies for 143 yards and lost three fumbles. Coach John Konecki said his team learned from it.

"You have to have good practice habits because that translates into how you play on Friday," Konecki said. "We have to be more disciplined on both sides of the ball. That is not to take anything away from Simeon because they played a good game and gave us a battle."

The Warriors host Class 7A Benet Academy Friday in the third of three straight home games.

"We definitely have to be ready to go," Konecki said. "We have to be prepared and bring our 'A' game."

The Warriors have won 17 games in a row and 15 straight regular-season games going back to the 2010 season.

Meteors on a roll: After going 1-8 last year, T.F. North is 2-1 and 1-0 in the South Suburban Blue after beating Hillcrest 25-20 last week. Coach Artie Rogers said his team needs to be more consistent.

"At times, we look like we are really, really good, but then we make some mistakes and look bad," Rogers said. "We need to put it together and if we do, I think we can be a really good team."

Rogers has moved Jamal Williams from center to guard after the junior broke his left finger against Hillcrest. Running back Ke'Von Martin tore his ACL against Thornridge and could be out the rest of the year.

Rebels rebound: T.F. South plays its third straight road game when it travels to Hillcrest on Friday.

While the Rebels made mistakes in last week's 28-21 loss to Oak Forest in their South Suburban Blue opener, coach Tom Padjen said the team just needed to correct some things.

"It is a long season and we just have to get better," Padjen said. "We have a good group of kids and I think we can get better each week."

Caravan defense tough: The Mount Carmel defense has allowed just eight points in three games and coach Frank Lenti said they have played well after the first series.

"Bishop McNamara moved the ball on us the first couple of series," Lenti said. "We had guys who stepped up and I think with us, on both sides of the ball, we have our backups are doing a good job.

"They have really been the heart and soul for us. If you have depth, you are that much better off."

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