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6A Football: Lemont Loses on 2-Point Conversion to Crete-Monee

Crete-Monee made a comeback late in the fourth quarter of their 6A semifinal playoff game against Lemont led by quarterback Marcus Terrell in their 28-27 win.

Breaking It Down: Lemont looked like it was going to be able to hold on to a lead they built in the first half once again, but Crete-Monee rallied with less than four minutes in the fourth quarter.

After a 56-yard touchdown pass by Warriors' quarterback Marcus Terrell was negated on Crete-Monee's ninth penalty of the contest, the Warriors could have lost their composure.

But they didn't.

Forty-one yards, five plays and a successful two-point conversion run in by Terrell later, Crete-Monee had its first lead of the night, going up 28-27.

Lemont had a chance to make a comeback of its own, but the offense went three-and-out with about two minutes remaining in regulation and could not stop the Warriors from gaining a first down to get the ball back again.

Patch’s MVP: Lance Lenoir, Crete-Monee. The Warriors passed the ball on 10-of-12 of their first offensive plays, and continued to attack the Indian defense via the air for the majority of the contest. Lenoir, who caught nearly everything in his reach, was a big reason for this game plan. The Crete-Monee wide receiver finished with 120 yards on 13 catches.

Lemont Stat Pack: Christos Giatras ran for 103 yards on 28 carries. Zach Brosseau completed 9-of-16 passes for 116 yards. Drew Slee was target six times, but only caught two of those passes for 73 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown. Joe Hehir made all three of his extra point attempts, and connected on field goals of 25 and 30 yards. Rick Sniegowski ran for 65 yards on five attempts, including the first score of the game, a 51-yard burst up the middle of the field. Jake Lemming recovered a fumble on a muffed punt that led to Hehir's 30-yard field goal.

Crete Monee Stat Pack: Marcus Terrell completed 23-of-40 passes for 276 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown pass caught by LaQuan Treadwill. Nyles Morgan converted three sacks. DeShaun Smith ran for 59 yards on nine carries in the second half alone.

Quotable I: “It's an amazing feeling, because nobody else has done that,” Terrell said of this year's Crete-Monee football team being the first one to make it to the state finals. "It's something that we talked about as a team and a goal that we had for ourselves."

Quotable II: "I'm proud of them," Lemont football coach Eric Michaelsen said of the Indians. "They're part of Lemont football, and I hope they have some good memories that they can look back on down the road and see this season as a positive."

Quotable III: “To be honest, I was sick all morning, and didn't even know if I was going to be able to play," Lenoir said. "I came through it, because I just wanted to be able to put my team in a position to win."

Team Records: Lemont finishes 11-2. Crete Monee is 13-0.

What’s Next: While Lemont's season is over, Crete Monee will move on to face Cary-Grove next Saturday at 1 p.m. in the 6A IHSA state finals, after their 42-21 win over Lake Forest.

Other IHSA Playoff Football Semi-Final Scores: Lincoln-Way East 37, Benet 13; Mount Carmel 26, Nequa Valley 21; Glenbard North 27, Loyola 24; Montini 40, Joliet Catholic Academy 37. For more scores, check out IHSA ScoreZone.

A Mom. November 19, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Seriously? ALL of the Lemont fans? Not one thing was said in my post about the players on your team. Don't assume. Maybe write IHSA? Blog fighting won't help the situation. Keep it positive, both teams read this! Please refrain from bullying.
Anthony k November 19, 2012 at 08:31 AM
Crete had a Great team and Congrats !!! I was watching on the cube also and Noone has said anything about the touchdown Lemont had and the replay clearly showed the receiver was inbounds when he caught it and the ref who was right there called him out and no touchdown !!! If anyone got the shaft of bad calls it was Lemont because with that TD Lemont would the one going to state . God Bless and Crete Hope you Win!!
Anthony k November 19, 2012 at 10:15 AM
You are 2 Great Teams who both have alot of talent !!! Noone who played in that game should ever look back and feel bad . You gave 110 percent and it showed on both sides . Both Teams are Champions and always will be !!! In 20 years you will remember that game as One of the Best Matchups in the history of ILLINOIS HIGHSCHOOL FOOTBALL !!! You will play the game for your kids and be able to say YES that's me , Your DAD as there eyes open wide and watch :0) Class ,Sportsmanship and heart will always outweigh a score,always remember that !!!
Bill November 19, 2012 at 05:16 PM
It was a great game, played well on both sides. Congrats to C-M for finally being able to get a taste of Champaign. Conspiracy - probably not. Pro refs make mistakes too. And as stated, they were made on both sides. Regarding the "over-rated" chant. Come on. That is heard all over sports arenas. I'm sure that C-M's star was not upset by it. Should have taken it as a compliment. Playful banter is all it is. It could have been far worse. They could have chanted "Never Rated" instead.
Amy November 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Crystal, from what I read, nobody said that Crete only had one player. They were talking about the taunting that came from Lemont fans directed towards that one player. Crete is loaded with talent as well as Lemont. Like Bill said, that player probably wasn't upset. He probably hears it often and I'm guessing uses it as motivation to play even harder. Usually it's the losing team who cries "bad officiating" but when the winning team says it, it's worth looking into. Good luck to Crete...class 6A rules!!!

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