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Crete-Monee, Rich East lay it all on the line

Updated: November 20, 2012 10:46AM



Rich East and Crete-Monee may rely on different styles to reach the end zone.

But there’s no denying each has a knack of crossing the goal line, be it by the Rockets’ ground method or the Warriors’ aerial assault.

Both styles will be on display Friday night in the SouthtownStar Season Pass Spotlight Game, a meeting in Crete for the Southland Conference title.

“They have a lot of skill,” Rich East coach Barry Reade. “We have a good game plan, but it’s hard to simulate all of their talent.”

The Rockets (6-2, 4-0) are no slouches in the talent department.

Kenneth Naylor (102 carries, 406 yards, 6 TDs), Jawaun Ward (69, 356, 6), Nick Horne (40, 337, 5) and Berwin Causey (40, 272, 2) all are capable of ripping off a long run, as is quarterback Malcolm Miller (59, 415, 2).

Miller, a three-year starter, has attempted just 21 passes, completing nine for 182 yards and two scores, all season.

His counterpart, Marcus Terrell, generally posts similar numbers by halftime of most games.

Crete-Monee coach Jerry Verde knows better than to disregard the Rockets passing game.

“They run, run, run and you practice trying to stop that,” Verde said. “They do it so well. But the play that changed the game last year was a hook-and-ladder we had never seen them run before. We just have to make sure we stay fundamentally sound.”

Crete-Monee (8-0, 4-0) managed to survive Rich East’s trick play to pull out a 20-13 win.

The Rockets should be overjoyed if they can hold the No. 4 Warriors offense to a similar amount Friday. No team has held Crete-Monee below 30 points all season.

Terrell leads the area in passing yards (2,006) and touchdowns (25), having completed 126-of-180 attempts. He has one of the top receiving recruits in the country in 6-foot-3 Laquon Treadwell (42 catches, 900 yards, 11 TDs) and another viable target in Lance Lenoir (35, 623, 8).

“We don’t have a wide receiver like Treadwell and we can’t throw the ball like them,” Reade said. “For us to win the game, we’re going to have to control the line of scrimmage and the clock and not make any mistakes.”



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