Football: Second-half surge lifts Crete-Monee over T.F. South
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media August 29, 2014 9:26PM
TF South quarterback Cody Petrich (9) throws through the arms of Crete-Monee's Omari Stringer (18) during a high school football game held in Crete, IL. on Saturday, August 30, 2014. | John Smierciak/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 31, 2014 2:12AM
After picking up just one first down in the first half Saturday night, Crete-Monee needed a spark.
Elijah Douglas provided one in a hurry.
Douglas returned the opening kickoff the second half 70 yards, setting up a 3-yard Xavier Ledet touchdown run and the Warriors went on to score 27 points after the break, earning a season-opening 27-6 win over T.F. South.
The kickoff return got the Warriors going, but they still needed to make a number of key plays late to seal it.
Down 13-6, T.F. South was driving for the potential tying score, but Dreshawn Hamler intercepted Cody Petrich’s pass in the end zone on fourth-and-goal with 10:52 to go.
The Warriors got insurance on the ensuing drive, capping an 80-yard march with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Frank Douglas to Ledet. It was set up by a pair of long passes to Clint Ratkovich, a 21-yarder and a 32-yarder.
Omari Stringer picked off Petrich on The Rebels’ next possession and Frank Douglas (12-for-22, 137 yards) found Marty Williams for a 14-yard score for the clincher.
Ratkovich, who also punted for the Warriors, filled in for one series at quarterback after Frank Douglas was dinged up and provided a 13-yard touchdown run for a 13-0 lead.
The Rebels answered by driving 80 yards, capped with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Petrich (14-for-30, 79 yards) to Joshua Higgins with 2:29 left in the third.
T.F. South outgained the Warriors 60-39 in the first half. Crete-Monee did not pick up its initial first down until 2:40 remained in the half.
The best chance to score for either team came when T.F. South’s Lester Wilson pounced on a fumble on a Crete-Monee punt return, setting the Rebels up at the Warriors 25. On the next play, however, Petrich was sacked and fumbled, Tyler Mitchell pouncing on it to give the hosts the ball right back.
T.F. South got inside the Warriors 40 on two other occasions in the first quarter, but turned it over on downs each time.
After the game was postponed Friday due to weather, the start Saturday was delayed 45 minutes by more storms.