At 4-1, Bloom may have thought it was ready for prime time heading into Saturday’s Southland Conference tilt against Crete-Monee.
The Warriors, however, supplied the Blazing Trojans with a heavy dose of reality.
The one-two punch of quarterback Marcus Terrell and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell led No. 13 Crete-Monee to a convincing 41-6 win over Bloom in Steger.
Terrell completed 14-of-22 passes for 277 yards and four touchdowns.
Treadwell hauled in eight of those passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns.
“We were focused and executed the game plan for the most part,” Crete-Monee coach Jerry Verde said. “We really played well in the second quarter.”That’s when the Warriors (6-0, 2-0) turned a 6-0 first-quarter lead into a 35-0 advantage at the intermission.
Crete-Monee scored on all four of its possessions in the second period and added a safety for good measure.
One of those scores was a 25-yard pass from Terrell to Lance Lenoir (4 catches, 92 yards). The Warriors running game also got into the action as Kyle Tilley scored from four yards out and DeShawn Smith added a seven-yard TD run.
The Warriors offensive line, without injured starter Austin Rosenfeldt, provided considerable time for Terrell to find a receiver.
Credit for that goes to linemen Jim Walsh, Joshua McCaskel, Anthony Cephus and Josh Bailey.
“We have a lot of weapons and the coaching staff does a great job of making sure everyone gets the ball,” Treadwell said. “The line did a nice job blocking.”
Defensively, the front-line of Jonathan Schultz, LaKwan Johnson, Rodulfo Antuna and Chris Slayton left little space for Bloom to mount much of an offense.
The Blazing Trojans finally got on the scoreboard on a 13-yard run by quarterback Kendall McGinnis with 7:18 remaining that made it 41-6.
Justus Brantley, who rushed for 387 yards and five touchdowns in Week 5, was held to 14 yards on five carries for Bloom (4-2, 1-1).