The 2012 high school football season in Illinois has hit the end of the line with the state title games this weekend. In the Class 6A title game, it is a battle of undefeated teams with the 13-0 Cary-Grove Trojans facing the 13-0 Crete-Monee Warriors on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the University of Illinois in Champaign.
Crete-Monee scored late in the game to topple Lemont 28-27 in the semifinal to advance to this game. The Warriors love throwing the football with quarterback Marcus Terrell, who has 3,127 yards passing this season. Terrell’s big target is Division I recruit LaQuon Treadwell, who has 75 catches for 1,339 yards and 15 touchdowns. Lance Lenoir has added 64 catches for 1,046 yards and 14 touchdowns. If the Warriors do run, it will likely be DeShaurn Smith and his 423 yards and eight touchdowns on the year. Crete-Monee has scored 501 points this year.
Cary-Grove comes into this championship game after a 42-21 win against Lake Forest in the semifinals. Cary’s biggest weapon is their triple option, which is hard to stop as the Trojans have rushed for 4,673 yards on the year. Kyle Norberg has 2,213 yards of that with 25 touchdowns. Quinn Baker has added 998 yards and 15 touchdowns as the team’s quarterback for most of the season, missing three games with a finger injury near the end of the season and into the playoffs. Cary-Grove has scored 462 points for the season.
There are two very different styles here with the passing of Crete-Monee and the running game from Cary-Grove. If Cary-Grove can stay on the field with their grinding rushing offense, it’s going to be a long afternoon for Crete-Monee. In fact, I think that is exactly what is going to happen in this one. I’ll take Cary-Grove 34-27.