Crete-Monee quarterback Charles Smith was more anxious than usual to play Saturday.
Smith didn’t play much last season as the backup to starter Trayvon Rudolph.
And then the Warriors’ Week 1 game on March 13 was canceled due to Thornwood facing COVID-19 restrictions, according to Crete-Monee coach John Konecki, delaying Smith’s debut as starter.
It turned out to be worth the wait.
Smith completed 11 of 19 passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns to lead Crete-Monee to a 57-14 victory over Marian Catholic in Chicago Heights.
“It felt awesome to be out here,” Smith said. “The offensive line executed their assignments and the defense did a great job. Everybody made plays.