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Rich Central and Crete play for SAC title

2013-10-24T16:30:00Z 2013-10-24T23:50:32Z Rich Central and Crete play for SAC titleMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com
October 24, 2013 4:30 pm  • 

There should be a packed house tonight when Times No. 3 Crete-Monee travels to Olympia Fields to face undefeated Rich Central.

Crete (7-1) has a 24-game Southland Athletic Conference winning streak, never losing a SAC game. Crete-Monee coach John Konecki said his team will be challenged.

"This game should be a very exciting and hard fought contest," he said. "It will be a playoff like atmosphere which in the end will help both programs leading into the state playoffs."

He has nothing but praise for former Homewood-Flossmoor assistant coach Terrell Alexander and the way he has built the Olympians program.

 "Coach Alexander has done an amazing job with the Rich Central program," Knoecki said. "He has his kids ready and prepared to play every week."

Caravan home game: Mount Carmel wil host Leo at 3 p.m. today at Carey Field and Caravan coach Frank Lenti said this is a big deal.

"To not have to get on a bus, our kids can dress and walk outside the school and be ready to play is great," Lenti said. "The kids can dress, go home and we coaches can go back in the school and meet for a little bit."

Both teams are 8-0.

"Leo is Catholic Red champs and has some great skill players and some size," Lenti said. "We expect a tough game, and we have to be ready."

Which class?: Lenti said it looks more like the Caravan will play in Class 7A after winning the Class 8A title last year.

"Just looking at who is in, we could go 7A," Lenti said. "We are happy to be 8A, 7A or any A. To make the playoffs is great and to play in the postseason is what we look forward to every year."

Mount Carmel has made the playoffs 28 straight years, winning 11 state titles in classes 5A, 6A and 8A. They are the only private school to win the Class 8A title since the IHSA went to eight classes in 2001.

Reavis on the bubble: Former T.F. North football coach Tim Zasada has turned the Reavis program around.

The Rams are 5-3 and have 31 playoff points. A win over undefeated Evergreen Park would clinch the school's first postseason berth since 2007, but Zasada knows the game will be an uphill battle.

"They are undefeated and ranked No. 2 in Class 4A," Zasada said. "We have to play an almost perfect game to win."

He said the Rams could get in at 5-4, but it might be tougher.

"I think there are six of 11 things that need to happen for us to get in at 5-4," Zasada said. "We don't have a lot of points and we might not get a lot from our opponents (tonight).

"At worst, we have a winning record for the first time since 2007."

Two of Reavis' opponents -- Joliet Central and Hillcrest are 0-8.

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