CRETE – Heading into Friday’s road game against the Crete-Monee, Benet football head coach Pat New was ready to lean heavily on kicker John Duvic.
Still, he was slightly taken aback when the senior kicker drilled five fields goals – including a 50 yarder – en route to a 30-6 Redwings’ victory.
“He was locked in the entire game,” New said. “We were ready for a game between two good defenses. We planned to play conservative and let our kicker do a lot of work. Duvic answered the call. He had a great game.”
In addition to the 50 yard boot, Duvic drained field goals of 42, 40, 37 and 34 yards. He also sky-rocketed a 54 yard punt for good measure.
Not to be outdone by his special teams counter part, running back Brad Sznajder took a Warriors kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown as Benet (4-0, 1-0 East Suburban Catholic) scored on special teams, offense and defense.
“Our defense that was spectacular,” New said. “They came up with big play after big play. I’d say about half of the Crete plays from scrimage went for either no gain or a loss.”
Riding a 17-game winning streak coming into the affair, Crete limited the big plays from Redwings quarterback Jack Beneventi, who went 9-for-24 with 86 passing yards. Still, he succinctly managed the offense, connecting with Joe Weidenbach to put Benet up 10-0.
The Redwings padded their lead to 15-0 at the half and never looked back.
Benet looks to remain unbeaten on Friday when they go on the road to play East Suburban Catholic foe Marian Catholic, and New says it’s imperative that the team remain focused.
“We are where we want to be, but we need to continue to work hard,” New said. “We cannot afford to get complacent.”