Football: Crete-Monee escapes with 14-12 win over Simeon
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media September 13, 2013 11:28PM
Crete-Monee's Chris Slayton (99) makes a play against Simeon. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 16, 2013 6:30AM
With 10 seconds left and no timeouts, Simeon kicker Raekwon Adams lined up for a potential game-winning 30-yard field goal against defending Class 6A champion Crete-Monee.
From the sidelines, it appeared to be good. But the referees ruled it wide right and the Warriors came away Friday night with a hard-fought 14-12 win.
“It’s better to be lucky than good sometimes,” first-year Crete-Monee coach John Konecki said. “That was by far the most physical team we have played all season.”
The Warriors (3-0) won their 17th consecutive game. A young but determined Simeon team fell to 0-3.
Simeon struck first on a 24-yard interception return by Malik Parker with 2:10 left in the first half to lead 6-0 after a missed extra-point attempt.
The Warriors responded before the end of the half with a 11-yard screen pass from Frank Douglass to DeShaun Smith to lead 7-6.
That’s the way it remained until there was 8:20 left in the third. That’s when Simeon speedster Darnell Cockrell scored on a 34-yard run for a 12-7 lead. The drive was set up by a fumble recovery by Karlin Entoe.
The Warriors scored the eventual game-winning points on a fourth-and-goal 6-yard touchdown pass from Douglass (10-for-24, 115 yards, 2 TDs, interception) to Kevon Love that almost was intercepted.
“My heart was pumping,” Douglass said of watching the late missed field-goal attempt. “It was a hard-fought game.”
Rodulfo Antuna had two sacks and a fumble recovery for the Warriors before being helped off the field in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. Teammate Kwante Bright had two fumble recoveries. Deon Benton and Jonathan Draper each had interceptions.
Cockrell also had an interception for Simeon.
“I’m proud of what the kids gave me (Friday),” Simeon coach Dante Culbreath said.