Crete-Monee tops Lemont in the clutch

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Crete-Monee tops Lemont in the clutch

Logan Malloy
SeasonPass.com

It should go down as an instant classic.

In a semifinal clash of Class 6A juggernauts, Crete-Monee used a Marcus Terrell two-point conversion to take a 28-27 lead, its first of the game, after a 4-yard touchdown run by DeShaun Smith with three minutes to go.

Crete-Monee then forced a Lemont three-and-out, and blue-chip receiver Laquon Treadwell iced the game with a 5-yard run for a first down with less than a minute remaining to evoke the victory formation.

With the 28-27 win, Crete-Monee (13-0) advances to its first ever state title match. The Warriors will play Cary-Grove at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

We were still confident, Terrell said despite trailing 24-14 late in the third quarter. We were moving the ball, but we werent getting into the end zone. We just knew we had to get it in and do what weve been doing all season.

Terrell proved right.

The senior quarterback led two fourth quarter scoring drives and finished 22-for-36 for 284 yards. Terrell made it a second half point to find his electric wide receiver tandem of Treadwell and Lance Lenoir.

Theyre the best two guys in the state. I havent seen anyone perform better than these guys, especially in clutch situations, Terrell said. Fourth quarter came and I had to put the ball in their hands. They made big plays for us.

Treadwell caught six passes for 91-yards, hauling in a 47-yard touchdown bomb from Terrell in the second quarter to knot the game at 14. Treadwell then scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter to cut Lemonts lead to 24-20. The senior also added an interception and a sack for the Warriors defense.

Lenoir finished with 14 catches for 132 yards, nine of his grabs coming in the first half.

We went to (Lenoir) so much early by design, Crete-Monee coach Jerry Verde said. We wanted to take some of the eyes of Treadwell.

Lemont (11-2) appeared in good position of securing the win after a capping capping a 16-play, 10 minute drive on a 4-yard Chris Giatras (101 yards on 32 carries) touchdown late in the third quarter for a 24-14 lead. But the Indians couldnt stop the aerial assault from Terrell and Co.

Its disappointing, wed sure like to be playing next week, Lemont coach Eric Michaelsen said. Our kids battled and Im really proud that they did. They didnt give up until the final play.

On the pivotal two-point conversion, Terrell dropped back to pass, but the middle of the field parted. Terrell saw his opening and dove in for the score.

Thats a play weve been working on for a couple of weeks. It was the perfect time for it, Terrell said.

Lemont scored first on 49-yard lead handoff to Rick Sniegowski, and then took a a 14-7 lead after quarterback Zach Brosseau hit Drew Slee on a perfect fade in the end zone for six-yard touchdown reception.

On the very next possession, Treadwell hauled in his 47-yard touchdown pass.

We werent getting the stops, so our mindset was we had to keep scoring, Treadwell said. Weve got one more game. Weve just got to keep working hard.

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Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks battle Bruins tonight on CSN

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Scott Darling gets the nod.

Joel Quenneville is giving a struggling Corey Crawford a breather tonight, electing to go with Darling in the final game of the father's road trip. Darling is 11-4-2 with a 2.34 goals against average, .924 save percentage and one shutout in 20 games this season. His numbers aren't as great on the road, where he is 4-2-1 with a 2.83 GAA and .901 save percentage compared to a 7-2-1 record with a 1.98 GAA and .928 save percentage at home, but he fared well against Boston last season. The Lemont native stopped 42 of 46 shots, good for a .913 save percentage, in a 6-4 win at the United Center last April.

2. The Panarin-Anisimov-Kane line.

The Blackhawks' trio of Artem Anisimov, Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin had a rare zero points in Tuesday's 6-4 win over Colorado, but don't expect to see that again. In fact, it could be the opposite. In their last meeting against the Bruins, a 6-4 win on April 3 during the 2015-16 season, they combined for 11 points (five goals, six assists), highlighted by a Kane hat trick that put him at 100 points on the season for the first time in his career. 

3. How the rookies build off a monsterous game.

In arguably the most well-rounded victory of the season Tuesday in Colorado, the Blackhawks had three rookies that had multi-point efforts. Vinnie Hinostroza had two goals, including the game winner. Tanner Kero had two goals and one assist, while Nick Schmaltz also had a goal and an assist. It was the top-six that was doing the heavy lifting earlier in the season, now the bottom-six is slowly starting to contribute on a consistent basis. The Blackhawks will be in great shape if they can confidently roll four lines that have the potential to find the back of the net on any given shift.

4. Patrice Bergeron vs. Jonathan Toews.

Two of the best two-way centers in the league will go head-to-head, and it's always a fun matchup to watch. Bergeron leads the league with 597 faceoff wins, and is ranked fifth with a 58.4 percentage at the dot while Toews ranks eighth in wins with 473 — despite missing nine games with a back injury — and sits at sixth with a 57.5 percentage. Both of the perennial Selke Trophy candidates have struggled offensively this season, with Bergeron recording only 21 points in 45 games and Toews with 22 points in 38 contests. Bergeron has been heating up as of late, though, scoring three goals and six assists in his last eight games. Bergeron also leads the league in possession numbers, with the Bruins controlling 61.9 percent of the even-strength shot attempts when he's on the ice.

5. Brad Marchand.

In September, Marchand inked an eight-year, $49 million deal and it's already paying dividends for the Bruins. He has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his last eight games, and 45 points total, which is by far the most on his team and tied for sixth in the NHL. He's 16 points away from tying his career high of 61 set last season, with a little less than half the year to go. He's also had great success against the Blackhawks. In his last six games against Chicago, dating back to the 2013-14 campaign, he has registered at least a point in all of them, scoring four goals and adding five assists. To make life more difficult, he's a player that enjoys getting under people's skin, so expect him to be a big factor tonight.

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