FoxSports/Scout.com reporter Beth Long catches up with Crete-Monee HS CB and Michigan commit Anthony…
Verde has Crete-Monee Riding High
Those are some pretty good and respected coaches. I asked Coach Verde how he turned around a once downtrodden program that is now 9-0 for the first time since 1952.
"It's all a mindset," said Coach Verde. "We came in and it's been a process. We don't let our players wear earrings. We don't allow our players to miss practice and then start that week.
"I think once the kids start seeing that they can have something special. That they can win games and do things together as a team, everyone bought in.
"We've been knocking on the door in recent years and we're hoping to make a run now."
The play-offs can be stressful time for coaches but Verde is actually relieved that the play-offs are here.
"When we were 5-0 and the possibility of a 9-0 season for the first time in five decades got closer, I think everyone got tight. Rich East gave us everything we could handle last week and after the game it was more relief than celebration by our team."
Crete-Monee is loaded with athletes including Michigan bound safety Anthony Standifer. However, the injury bug hit the Warriors and Standifer is doubtful with a shoulder separation for at least the play-off opener and cornerback Tray Whitehead sprained his knee.
"We don't know if we'll get Anthony (Standifer) back this year," Verde said. "It's difficult to come back from shoulder and knee injuries. We are going to need others to step up.
"Laquon Treadwell is a 1,000 yard receiver. Junior Lance Lenoir is another receiver that has game-breaking ability and we've had some young kids step up on defense.
"The play-offs are a one game season. We can't look past Bloomington. There was a time when this school hadn't won a play-off game in years. Now we are a confident group ready to take the next step."
IllinoisHSPreps.com Recommended Stories
Peyton Manning Breaks All-Time TD Record
Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…Read More
LenDale White escorted out of the Coliseum
Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.Read More
Video Tip: The 1-Minute Golf Swing
Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…Read More
Dr. Roto Video: Week 7 Recap
Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…Read More
Windy Weather Whitetails
As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.Read More