Crete-Monee Stays Alive

After an early exit in 2011, Crete-Monee returned the favor this year to Peoria Richwoods in the IHSA playoffs with a come-from-behind 35-32 win. We caught up with Crete-Monee's Jaylen Dunlap, Nyles Morgan, and Laquon Treadwell following the game.

Last year, state runner-up Peoria Richwoods stunned the 1-seeded Crete-Monee Warriors in the Illinois High School playoffs. And for a while on Saturday, it looked as if Richwoods was set to repeat the feat.

But leave it to All-American Laquon Treadwell to put the team on his back when they needed him the most to deliver.

Crete-Monee led early on and started to let up. A couple costly turnovers and some big plays by Richwoods quickly turned the tables on the Warriors, who found themselves trailing 32-21 in a hurry.

In the middle of the 4th quarter, Treadwell picked off the Richwoods pass and went 65 yards on the interception return to put his team back in it.

Then after getting the ball back with just over 5 minutes remaining in the game, the Crete-Monee offense engineered a 79-yard drive that ate up over 3 minutes of the clock, capped off by a Marcus Terrell QB sneak into the endzone from the 1.

Richwoods was unable to move the ball down the field on their final drive, and Crete-Monee ran the rest of the clock out with Richwoods out of time outs.

Crete-Monee did have a slight advantage that wasn't found out until after the game. Illinois commit Kendrick Foster was playing on a still-sprained ankle, limiting his cutting ability. But the scoreboard doesn't take injuries into account and Crete-Monee moves on to face undefeated Ottawa and another Illinois commitment in Miguel Hermosillo in the quarterfinals.

Senior cornerback Jaylen Dunlap had one interception in the game, and he should have had a second, but the Richwoods receiver blatantly shoved him to where he couldn't make the pick. The referees didn't call it, but even the Richwoods fans knew it should have been a penalty.

Junior Nyles Morgan also stayed busy making plays against the run all day. And senior receiver Lance Lenoir had a nice grab in traffic for an early touchdown.

But of course the day belonged to Treadwell, who was on the spot when his team needed him the most.

We spoke with Dunlap, Treadwell, Morgan, and QB Marcus Terrell after the game.

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