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Crete-Monee is known for its high-scoring offense, and it didn't disappoint Friday night with a 56-0 pasting of host Rich South.
The 56 points represents the highest point total of the season for the No. 10 Warriors (8-0, 4-0 Southland).
Crete had another typical night as quarterback Marcus Terrell completed 18 of 29 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns in the first half. He threw two touchdown passes to DeShawn Duncan and two to Laquon Treadwell, who also had a rushing touchdown.
While the offense is averaging 40.6 points per game, the defense has gone virtually unnoticed despite allowing just 6.1 points per game. The first-team defense has allowed just two touchdowns all season.
The lack of notoriety doesn't bother senior linebacker Kyle Lewis or anybody else on defense.
"We know our offense is high powered and gets a lot of the publicity," Lewis said. "We're a team and they do their part and we do our part."
Crete-Monee's defense had a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown from Rasheed Flowers, and fumble recoveries by LaKwan Johnson and Trevon Smith and an interception by Lewis set up touchdowns.
"It was nice to finally get a shutout," Lewis said. "We've come close a couple of times."
The Warriors have allowed one touchdown or less in seven games this season with Rich Central's points last week the highest total against Crete this season.
"We didn't have a good week of practice this week," Lewis said. "We didn't have any focus. We can't afford that at this time of the season."
Rich South (2-3, 3-5) managed just 47 yards in total offense for the game with the first-team defense limiting the Stars to just nine yards in the first half. They never got inside the Crete-Monee 30.
"This past week was the most trying of the season," said Crete coach Jerry Verde, who notched his 50th career victory. "We didn't have a good week of practice. We started slow tonight but got everything going by the end of the first quarter."