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Crete-Monee tops Lemont in the clutch

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Crete-Monee tops Lemont in the clutch

Logan Malloy
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It should go down as an instant classic.

In a semifinal clash of Class 6A juggernauts, Crete-Monee used a Marcus Terrell two-point conversion to take a 28-27 lead, its first of the game, after a 4-yard touchdown run by DeShaun Smith with three minutes to go.

Crete-Monee then forced a Lemont three-and-out, and blue-chip receiver Laquon Treadwell iced the game with a 5-yard run for a first down with less than a minute remaining to evoke the victory formation.

With the 28-27 win, Crete-Monee (13-0) advances to its first ever state title match. The Warriors will play Cary-Grove at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

We were still confident, Terrell said despite trailing 24-14 late in the third quarter. We were moving the ball, but we werent getting into the end zone. We just knew we had to get it in and do what weve been doing all season.

Terrell proved right.

The senior quarterback led two fourth quarter scoring drives and finished 22-for-36 for 284 yards. Terrell made it a second half point to find his electric wide receiver tandem of Treadwell and Lance Lenoir.

Theyre the best two guys in the state. I havent seen anyone perform better than these guys, especially in clutch situations, Terrell said. Fourth quarter came and I had to put the ball in their hands. They made big plays for us.

Treadwell caught six passes for 91-yards, hauling in a 47-yard touchdown bomb from Terrell in the second quarter to knot the game at 14. Treadwell then scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter to cut Lemonts lead to 24-20. The senior also added an interception and a sack for the Warriors defense.

Lenoir finished with 14 catches for 132 yards, nine of his grabs coming in the first half.

We went to (Lenoir) so much early by design, Crete-Monee coach Jerry Verde said. We wanted to take some of the eyes of Treadwell.

Lemont (11-2) appeared in good position of securing the win after a capping capping a 16-play, 10 minute drive on a 4-yard Chris Giatras (101 yards on 32 carries) touchdown late in the third quarter for a 24-14 lead. But the Indians couldnt stop the aerial assault from Terrell and Co.

Its disappointing, wed sure like to be playing next week, Lemont coach Eric Michaelsen said. Our kids battled and Im really proud that they did. They didnt give up until the final play.

On the pivotal two-point conversion, Terrell dropped back to pass, but the middle of the field parted. Terrell saw his opening and dove in for the score.

Thats a play weve been working on for a couple of weeks. It was the perfect time for it, Terrell said.

Lemont scored first on 49-yard lead handoff to Rick Sniegowski, and then took a a 14-7 lead after quarterback Zach Brosseau hit Drew Slee on a perfect fade in the end zone for six-yard touchdown reception.

On the very next possession, Treadwell hauled in his 47-yard touchdown pass.

We werent getting the stops, so our mindset was we had to keep scoring, Treadwell said. Weve got one more game. Weve just got to keep working hard.

Cubs Talk Podcast: 2017 season obituary and previewing an interesting winter for Cubs

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Cubs Talk Podcast: 2017 season obituary and previewing an interesting winter for Cubs

In the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Kelly Crull, Patrick Mooney and Tony Andracki close the book on the 2017 season following Theo Epstein’s press conference, looking back at what will go down as the craziest calendar year in Cubs history from last November through the team’s loss in the NLCS this October.

Moving forward, where do guys like Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora Jr., Justin Wilson and Mike Montgomery fit? Will the Cubs re-sign Wade Davis or go after another proven closer? And how worried should fans be about the offense that completely disappeared in the postseason?

Take a listen below:

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks visit Niklas Hjalmarsson, Coyotes

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks visit Niklas Hjalmarsson, Coyotes

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Arizona Coyotes Saturday night on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Niklas Hjalmarsson's new home.

Brace yourselves, Chicago. It's going to be a weird site seeing Hjalmarsson in a different sweater other than the Blackhawks, where he spent his first 10 NHL seasons and won three Stanley Cups.

Now he serves as an alternate captain and blue-line anchor for the Coyotes, who are the only team still seeking its first win of the season. You know they'll be hungry to snap that skid, especially when there's extra motivation for a player on their team facing a bunch of old friends.

2. Connor Murphy returns to Arizona, too.

The man Hjalmarsson was traded for will also be returning to a place he called home for four years. Murphy's role with the Coyotes increased every year before he was dealt to the Blackhawks as part of a shake-up for both teams, so you know he's going to play with something to prove.

Murphy is a physical defenseman, and has laid several notable big hits this season. His former teammates surely know it, and may want to keep their heads up.

3. Patrick Kane 2.0?

Ever since he was drafted with the No. 7 overall pick in 2016, Clayton Keller has drawn comparisons to Kane. They're both undersized, offensive playmakers, possess supreme stick-handling abilities and are American-born players.

Keller got a brief taste of NHL action last year, but he's secured a full-time spot with the Coyotes this season and has been arguably their best player so far.

The 19-year-old forward paces all rookies with five goals and ranks second with seven points, and leads the Coyotes in both categories. Expect to see his name as a finalist for the Calder Trophy for the league's top rookie at the end of the season.