Updated: November 29, 2012 6:37AM
With quarterback Marcus Terrell and highly touted Division I recruit Laquon Treadwell leading the offense, Crete-Monee receiver Lance Lenoir can at times get lost in the shuffle — as much as a 6-foot-1 receiver with 42 catches and 10 touchdowns can get lost.
Lenoir and Treadwell caught two touchdowns apiece, and the Warriors defense turned in a dominant performance in host Crete’s 41-7 win over Springfield in a Class 6A first-round game Saturday night.
“With teams keying on Laquon, I use that to my advantage,” Lenoir said with a smile. “They sleep on me, and that’s when I wake them up.”
Lenoir finished with five catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns (25 and 49 yards) while Treadwell had six catches for 74 yards and two scores (34 and 21 yards). Terrell finished an efficient night 14-of-19 for 191 yards and four scores.
Crete-Monee (10-0) will host Peoria Richwoods, a 35-22 winner Saturday over Bloomington, in the second round. Richwoods defeated Crete-Monee 51-36 last season in the second round of the playoffs.
DeShaun Smith got the Warriors offense going with a 35-yard touchdown run up the gut four minutes into the game. Treadwell’s first touchdown catch came on a screen pass, the star senior getting to the sideline and in for the score.
Lenoir found himself behind the Springfield defense for his first score deep in the end zone. After Lenoir’s second aerial score, the defense capped an impressive first half with an Omari Stringer 50-yard interception return.
“We practiced hard, and we had a great week of practice,” Stringer said. “I saw the quarterback rolling out and was able to jump in front of the receiver. I looked up after a big hit and ran as fast as I could.”
The interception was Stringer’s second of the game.
Taking a 34-0 lead into halftime, Crete’s defense was dominant, allowing Springfield to gain just 17 total rushing yards and complete four passes for 28 yards in the first half.
“It’s always about trusting your teammates,” Lenoir said. “We trust the defense to get us the ball back, and we won’t let them down.”
Springfield (5-5) finally got on the board with a late touchdown in the fourth as quarterback Brinton Wilkey found Hassan Hamdani for a 21-yard score.
Wilkey came into the game with 985 rushing yards but was held to just three yards on 12 carries.
“Our main goal is to stay focused and stay consistent,” Lenoir said. “That’s it.”