Tro­jans take the time to knock off War­riors

Chicago Sun-Times (Sunday) - - SPORTS - BY MICHAEL O’BRIEN, STAFF RE­PORTER mo­[email protected]­times.com | @michael­so­brien

CHAM­PAIGN — Cary-Grove’s of­fense may or may not have crushed Crete-Monee’s spirit in the third quar­ter of the Class 6A state ti­tle game Satur­day at Me­mo­rial Sta­dium. It def­i­nitely de­voured so much clock that the War­riors were left with lit­tle time to re­spond.

The un­beaten Tro­jans led by nine at the half and con­sumed most of the third quar­ter with an 11-minute, 20-play, 90-yard scor­ing drive.

Cary-Grove beat Crete-Monee 35-13 and had a 35:21-12:39 ad­van­tage in time of pos­ses­sion.

“With an of­fense as ex­plo­sive as CreteMonee’s, to limit them to that num­ber of touches and to get them off the field [is key],” Tro­jans coach Brad Se­aburg said. “What we did to­day de­fen­sively, other teams in the tour­na­ment haven’t been able to do. Our guys just bat­tled and did an out­stand­ing job.”

Cary-Grove se­nior quar­ter­back Ben McDon­ald was the mae­stro. He called the plays and made the cru­cial de­ci­sions in the Tro­jans’ triple-op­tion at­tack.

“When you go through a week of prepa­ra­tion like we did, it’s just a mat­ter of ex­e­cu­tion at that point,” McDon­ald said.

McDon­ald had 29 car­ries for 117 yards and two touch­downs. He com­pleted 3 of 4 passes for 23 yards and two touch­downs. Both touch­down passes were on fourth down.

“I don’t know if it has re­ally hit me yet,” Se­aburg said. “This group just was able to make plays at re­ally key times. Two fourth­down touch­downs. It’s great hav­ing guys like this that buy in and work as hard as they pos­si­bly can for the coach­ing staff.”

Run­ning back Blake Skol had 26 car­ries for 123 yards and one touch­down, and Danny Daigle had 10 car­ries for 21 yards.

“It takes the whole week to pre­pare for a team like Crete-Monee,” Se­aburg said. “Against them, we were never com­fort­able. We’ve seen them come back time and again in the play­offs. It’s never over un­til the end.”

Crete-Monee quar­ter­back Trayvon Ru­dolph was 14-for-23 for 174 yards and one touch­down. He had 11 car­ries for 28 yards. Ron­ald Car­roll Jr. had three car­ries for 71 yards and a touch­down.

“I’m proud of their ef­forts,” Crete-Monee coach John Ko­necki said. “It’s just a plea­sure to be able to coach young men like these. It has been a mag­i­cal year for us.”

Cary-Grove won the Class 6A ti­tle in 2009. Fox Val­ley Con­fer­ence teams have won the last three 6A ti­tles; all had un­de­feated records.

WOR­SOM ROBIN­SON/FOR THE SUN-TIMES

Cary-Grove quar­ter­back Ben McDon­ald stiff-arms Crete-Monee’s Kavon Jones.

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