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Outlook: Despite the loss of most of its offensive firepower, including Ole Miss recruit LaQuon Treadwell, defending Class 6A state champ Crete-Monee is primed for a conference championship run. Rich Central and Bloom are best of the rest.

Top five players Ht. Wt. Yr.

LB Nyles Morgan, Crete-Monee 6-3 220 Sr.

DE Chris Slayton, Crete-Monee 6-4, 260 Sr.

OL Josh McCaskill, Crete-Monee 6-3, 300 Sr.

QB Jeremiah Mitchell, Rich Central, 6-0 185 Sr.

RB Justus Brantley, Bloom 5-11 185 Sr.

Quote: ‘‘We’re going to be very good. Our goals are a lot higher than just qualifying for the playoffs. But the proof is in the pudding.’’ — Rich Central coach Terrell Alexander.

Did you know? Crete-Monee’s senior class is 32-0 during its high school career.

Predicted Finish: Crete-Monee, Rich Central, Bloom, Rich East, Rich South, Kankakee.

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