Crete Crushes LW West
September 10, 2011By Wyideopen Video Productions of Wyideopen Sports
Football: Crete-Monee cruises past L-Way West
By Mike Fitzgerald For Sun-Times Media September 3, 2011 12:06AM
Football: Crete-Monee cruises past L-Way WestBy Mike Fitzgerald For Sun-Times Media September 3, 2011 12:06AMReprints
Lincoln-Way West's Nick Dangles is stopped by Crete-Monee's Travelle Smith during Friday's game. | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times MediaARTICLE EXTRAS
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The only bright spot in Lincoln-Way West’s 35-0 loss to Crete-Monee on Friday night was that West defensive back Andy Hensel is expected to recover from a serious injury he suffered in the second quarter.
“I think he’s going to be OK,” Warriors coach Mark Vander Kooi said after the game.
Hensel, a junior, was injured while tackling Crete-Monee receiver Brandon Sykes. Hensel put his head into Sykes’ chest in an attempt to separate him from the ball. Both players hit the ground, and Hensel did not move.
Trainers and paramedics rushed to the field and put Hensel on a backboard. He was then put on a stretcher and taken to an ambulance. On the way out, he raised his right arm, drawing cheers from the Lincoln-Way West crowd.
Vander Kooi said doctors were going to run precautionary tests on Hensel at the hospital.
The game itself belonged to Crete-Monee (2-0). The Warriors struck first when quarterback Marcus Terrell hit LaQuan Treadwell for a 10-yard TD strike. Carlos Posada’s extra point made it 7-0 with 3:38 to play in the first quarter.
Kenneth Kidd added a 1-yard TD run with 11:12 to play in the second quarter to make it 14-0.
Lincoln-Way West had a chance to get back into the game on the next possession. The Warriors (1-1) drove from their 32 to the Crete-Monee 4-yard line, converting a fourth-and-12 on the way. But West quarterback Kyle Millner threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-goal, turning the ball over to Crete-Monee.
“It’s about momentum and sure we could have punched it in there, but our defense has to make a stop and we didn’t do it at that point,” Vander Kooi said. “We have to use this game as a springboard and just learn from it. That is a good football team, a state caliber football team.The game just got away from us. They are a better football team, but not 35 points better.”
Crete-Monee, which avenged a 21-14 home loss to West from last season, added 14 points in the third quarter on an 80-yard touchdown pass from Terrell to Treadwell and a 38-yard run from Kidd. Darius Samuals hauled in a 9-yard pass from Terrell late in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.
Terrell completed 20-of-40 passes for 306 yards and three touchdo