KANKAKEE | Crete-Monee's Elijah Douglas is just going to consider this the Warriors homecoming.
After having their homecoming spoiled by Benet two weeks ago, the Times No. 3 Warriors ground out an 18-6 victory over Kankakee in a Southland Athletic Conference matchup on the Kays homecoming night.
Douglas had six catches for the Warriors for 50 yards and one touchdown reception while playing on a twisted ankle that he injured on Wednesday at practice. The Warrior defense held Kankakee to 117 yards of total offense in the game.
"We kept competing, we kept fighting, and we didn't give up," Douglas said. "We really got hyped, knowing we lost our homecoming, so we just played like this was our homecoming."
The Warriors (5-1, 2-0) used a first quarter safety and a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Frank Douglas to Elijah Douglas in the second quarter to take a 10-0 lead into the half. The Warriors' touchdown came on a fourth-and-5 from the 19-yard line with 7:46 to go in the quarter. Crete-Monee hurried to the line, and a quick snap and quick pass to Douglas ended in the Warrior score.
"We have to keep working hard and finish games," Elijah Douglas said. "Fight and finish were the words of the week and that's what we did."
Crete-Monee opened the second half with an 11-play, 65-yard touchdown drive to open up an 18-point lead. The drive was capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by Tommie Harris. The Warriors rushed for 194 yards on the ground in the game.
"I thought we ran the ball really well," Warrior coach John Konecki said. "Our intermediate and short game looked really good. Every time we come down here we have a battle from Kankakee."
The Crete-Monee defense put the clamps on the Kays in the second half and held Kankakee to no yards on the ground and 58 yards through the air in the half. Frank Douglas finished 13-18 passing for 89 yards and a touchdown.
"The defense is playing great," Konecki said. "We got 18 points and tonight that was enough to win."